San Antonio, Texas – (April 26, 2021) –The CPS Energy Board of Trustees has approved community members who will serve on the 21-person Rate Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC’s mission is to provide helpful and unique knowledge and customer insights into the utility’s efforts and projects related to utility rate design, structure, and generation planning with the ultimate goals of helping management balance its Guiding Pillars and increasing the mutual understanding of public issues and concerns.
The Rate Advisory Committee will also be guided by these pillars and play a vital role in informing the Board of Trustees on their work. Committee members include:
During the meeting and as noted above, the CPS Energy Board of Trustees also named Reed Williams as the Committee’s Chair and Eloisa Portillo-Morales as the Vice-Chair.
“The members selected to be on the Rate Advisory Committee (RAC) bring different experiences, expertise, and valuable insight into key matters citizens find important like the current rate structures, said Janie Gonzalez, Vice Chair for the CPS Energy Board of Trustees”. We received an overwhelming response to participate from our community. It is refreshing to see the interest, and I want to thank our community for applying.
The Rate Advisory Committee, comprised of a cross-section of the utility’s customers, will work with CPS Energy’s management to provide input on various aspects of utility rate design, structure, and generation planning. Other items the Rate Advisory Committee will be charged with include:
- Receive information on rate design trends
- Learn about the cost structure
- Ask relevant questions and raise any potential concerns
- Review power generating assets
- Function in an advisory role
“We are looking forward to working with our new RAC members and hearing their thoughtful input and perspectives regarding CPS Energy’s rate structure and rate design options,” said Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO of CPS Energy. “The Board of Trustees and the San Antonio City Council members created a committee reflective of San Antonio and the community’s needs, and we are excited to further partner with our community.”
After a very deliberative process, the CPS Energy Board approved the creation of the Rate Advisory Committee in December 2020. Applications for the Committee were accepted from January 25 to March 12, 2021. There were 282 applications accepted that spanned across all Council districts and Greater San Antonio.
Although customers have many ways to offer their feedback to CPS Energy, the Rate Advisory Committee was designed to complement existing and robust community engagement efforts, including that of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The newly formed 21-member Committee is expected to hold its first meeting as early as next month. RAC meeting information will be posted on CPS Energy’s website as details are confirmed.