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Public Citizen Calls out San Antonio Utility’s Effort to Dilute City Climate Plan

Utility worked behind the scenes to weaken plan

Public Citizen’s Texas office is advocating for the strongest possible climate plan in San Antonio.

This news article in the Rivard Report shows how CPS Energy was able to “soften most of the previous version’s language about specific cuts to fossil fuels.”

From the article:

In an email, Michael Coleman, a communications strategist for Public Citizen, one of the environmental groups pushing for climate action in San Antonio, said CPS Energy “has twisted the request for a public resource planning process to mean that only environmentalists would have a say,” even though “no one proposed that.”

“This hubris is a bit outrageous,” Coleman continued, citing examples of CPS Energy in 2016 writing off $391.4 million in expenses for a failed nuclear plant expansion and building a coal plant in 2010, at a time when most U.S. utilities were beginning to close down coal plants.

“Clearly, the utility doesn’t know everything,” Coleman said. “It has made some serious and costly missteps. Greater public oversight would help reduce the risk of additional costly mistakes.”

We’ll keep our eyes firmly fixed on this process as it moves forward.