San Antonio: District 7 Councilwoman’s Statement on CPS Energy Rate Increase

CONTACT: Matteo Treviño

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 13, 2022) — City Council approved the CPS Energy's rate change request. Councilwoman Sandoval released the following statements:

"It is absolutely past time for the largest municipal utility in the nation to take a leadership role in fighting climate change and ending the use of coal. I am encouraged by interim CEO Rudy Garza's commitment to immediately begin developing a plan to end our reliance on coal and bring a proposed timeline back to City Council before the end of 2022."

"Further, I am glad that CPS Energy will work to embed equity into their rate structure. Our residents deserve a utility that doesn't deepen existing disparities in our community."

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"Without today's approval, CPS Energy may not complete the weatherization needed for preparation in advance of another storm, could put at risk the level of customer assistance program that we have right now, and could lead to negative fallout that our community could not withstand at this point. With the work conducted by the Committee on Emergency Preparedness, the report, and the oversight by the Municipal Utilities Committee, CPS Energy is on the right path for preparation for the next storm."

"Lastly, I want to thank Chair Reed Williams, members of the Rate Advisory Committee, and the City Supervisor of Public Utilities Ben Gorzell, for their meticulous review of the rate request and identifying what was most urgent and necessary to get CPS Energy through the next two years."

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