San Antonio’s Mayor, Julián Castro, announced June 20, 2011 at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown campus that agreements with five clean technology businesses will create approximately 230 technical and professional in The Alamo City within the next couple years. The agreements, which include funding for education initiatives as well as expanded UTSA partnerships, were developed by CPS Energy Chair Derrick Howard and President and CEO Doyle Beneby. CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, providing service to approximately 717,000 electric customers and 325,000 natural gas customers in and around the city of San Antonio.
After briefings last week in Washington, D.C., in which Mayor Castro and Mr. Beneby outlined the utility’s efforts, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson commented,
“San Antonio is stepping up to lead Texas and our nation into a clean energy future—and proving that investing in innovative [green] technology to protect our health and the environment is also a great way to create. Committing to cleaner sources of power will mean cleaner air for the families in San Antonio and new opportunities for San Antonio’s workforce. By sending a strong signal of the local government’s support for clean energy, San Antonio attracted innovative American businesses that will create around [green] technology that helps to keep the air clean. The Obama administration is working to send the same signal to companies around the world and ensure they bring their business and their to our shores.”
San Antonio aims to be the clean energy hub as the recognized leader in green technology
During Monday’s announcement, Mayor Castro expanded on the city’s plans to become a hub for clean energy development.
“San Antonio has the opportunity to seize a mantle that no city in the U.S. holds today: to be the recognized leader in clean energy technology,” Mayor Castro said. “By building a critical mass around research and development that will grow and attract the brainpower of the 21st Century, San Antonio can be for the New Energy Economy what Silicon Valley is to software and what Boston is to biotech.”
Mr. Beneby introduced the CEOs of companies that will form the green technology partnership with CPS Energy to leverage low-carbon and renewable energy resources to stimulateand educational development:
- Consert CEO Jack Roberts announced the relocation of that company’s headquarters from Raleigh, NC to San Antonio. The move is expected to bring 50 by the first quarter of 2012, with additional generated through the installation and use of the company’s sophisticated energy management software in as many as 140,000 San Antonio homes and businesses by 2015.
- GreenStar Executive Vice President Rod Gray announced the relocation of their headquarters from nearby Boerne, Texas to San Antonio, along with 35 .
- ColdCar USA CEO Paul Duran II announced the relocation of their headquarters and 35 of its 45 from Boerne to San Antonio by December. The company assembles refrigerated trucks used to deliver food items direct to consumers.
- Summit Power President Eric Redman provided an overview of plans to provide 200 MW of purchased power to CPS Energy from a Summit Texas Clean Energy (STCE) coal-fired facility near Odessa, Texas. Construction of the clean-coal plant is expected to begin in late 2011/early 2012 and be completed in late 2014/early 2015.
- SunEdison CEO Carlos Domenech outlined plans for the solar developer to locate 30 MW of new solar generation in the CPS Energy service territory; a $300,000 commitment to work with CPS Energy to build an education center in San Antonio for primary and secondary students; and a $300,000 commitment to research and development primarily with UTSA, in collaboration with CPS Energy and the City of San Antonio
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