(SAN ANTONIO, Jan 29, 2018) – John Steen, former Texas Secretary of State and Commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Monday was elected Board Chair of the CPS Energy Board of Trustees. Steen has represented the northeast quadrant of the energy company’s service territory since 2016.
“I’m honored to chair the Board of Trustees and truly appreciate the votes of support from the board for me,” said Steen. “All of us acknowledge the extraordinary work Ed Kelly did during his tenure as Board Chair. He oversaw improvements in customer service, air quality, and operational efficiency, and it’s my intention to continue those improvements during my tenure. We have an outstanding management team and strong employee base to support San Antonio and its economic development.”
During 2017, Steen was the Committee Chairman for the company’s 75th Anniversary celebration to commemorate city ownership since 1942.
“Leading that committee was such a wonderful experience. Given my family’s deep roots in this community and the importance I place on continuing that strong community feeling, it was a natural committee to lead. And we were able to celebrate that significant milestone,” Steen said.
Also during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Homer Guevara Jr. was elected Vice Chair of the Board. Guevara is an economics and government professor at Northwest Vista College and represents the southwestern quadrant of the CPS Energy service territory.
“I look forward to working closely with John to support our vision for the company,” Guevara said. “These are exciting times in the utility industry because of new technologies and new developments that allow greater customer service, and, for those companies with a strong commitment to air quality, the opportunity to help our community have a cleaner environment. CPS Energy has those goals, and it’s up to us on the Board to provide that leadership.”
Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 804,000 electric and 343,000 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong Community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation. For more information, visit cpsenergy.com.