CPS Energy releases second sustainability report

Our energy efficiency programs have helped our community avoid more than 53,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year. We’re ahead of schedule to meet our goal of obtaining 1,500 megawatts of electric capacity from renewable resources by 2020. And we’ve improved our safety performance by more than 70 percent since 2010.

Performance. Planet. People.

Those three areas are the focus of “Power our Future,” CPS Energy’s second formal sustainability report.

Long before the term “sustainability” became a buzzword, CPS Energy was instituting policies that strengthen the company’s business performance, allow us to tread more lightly on the planet and put people first, both our employees’ safety and through a culture of community volunteerism.

You can read more about those policies and how they have affected operations at the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility in our new report, which has its own interactive web site. and includes an executive summary of the report, for a quick high level overview. We encourage you to stop by and learn more about what we’ve accomplished and where we’re going.

Highlights include:

  • Our greenhouse gas emissions are dropping even as we produce more electricity
  • More than 80,000 customers are enrolled in on our Smart Thermostat program
  • We’ve saved more than 333 billion gallons of Edwards Aquifer water by using recycled water to cool our power plants
  • Our average outage restoration time puts us in the top 10 percent of utilities nationwide
  • We’ve reduced nitrogen oxides emissions by 70 percent since 1997
  • Our employees volunteered more than 15,000 community service hours in 2013
  • Our safety performance has improved 70 percent since 2010
  • CPS Energy and the community together have committed more than $3.5 million to help low income customers pay their bills
  • We saved 158 MW of energy in 2013 through our energy efficiency and demand response programs.

In addition to these major highlights, the report also illustrates the vast array of smaller steps that make CPS Energy’s sustainability effort larger than the sum of its parts.

As a community-owned, not for profit utility, providing affordable and reliable power is our number one mission. But we know that our sustainability strategy, focused on our customers, our community and our environment is the key to the long-term viability of our company. We hope you’ll take the time to peruse our report.

Tracy Idell Hamilton

Tracy Idell Hamilton was part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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