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Wednesday, March 03 2021 - 08:14
CPS Energy Launches Global RFP For Next Phase Of Conservation & Energy Efficiency Programs To Help More Customers
SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Utility to blend more Tried & True programs with New & Innovative solutions 
for San Antonio

CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned, fully-integrated electric and 
natural gas utility in the United States, formally launched a Request for 
Proposals (RFP) for conservation and energy efficiency programs to develop the 
next phase of its award-winning Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan ( 
) (STEP). The FlexSTEP(SM) RFP seeks to blend more Tried & True programs with 
New & Innovative solutions through a global outreach effort. The utility's 
business approach is to think global while acting local, and that approach will 
remain consistent with the FlexSTEP RFP initiative that will further strengthen 
CPS Energy's Reliability.

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The severe impact of February's historic winter weather storm in Texas 
demonstrates the relationship between year-round conservation and energy 
efficiency programs that enhance our community's energy Reliability. The use of 
these programs contributed to material energy demand savings, which, when 
combined with action taken to stabilize our electric system, helped avoid a 
potential statewide loss of the power grid during the storm. Creating 
additional successful programs that are forward thinking is the goal of the 
), and CPS Energy is moving quickly to improve the tools it uses to help 
customers proactively manage how they use energy.

"Our community has a lot of experience conserving energy in the heat of our 
Texas summers, and the recent winter storm highlights the importance of energy 
conservation in any type of extreme weather. We need to provide customers with 
innovative and diverse programs to help them manage their energy usage in all 
seasons because conservation efforts are valuable and necessary and can no 
longer be thought of solely as a summer activity," said Paula Gold-Williams, 
CPS Energy's President & CEO. 

"Because we are passionate and prudent in our approach, our FlexSTEP RFP 
includes a search for ideas and products that we haven't seen before. We are 
expanding our reach globally to find leading solutions worldwide. We look 
forward to another decade of successful, affordable energy efficiency solutions 
that allow our community to take control of their energy usage and drive our 
community's award-winning program into the future," Gold-Williams added.

CPS Energy's FlexSTEP initiative is a forward-focused, long-term set of 
conservation and energy efficiency programs. The RFP has two parts: Tried & 
True programs and Innovative & New solutions. The utility's Tried & True 
programs have proven to be popular with customers throughout STEP by helping to 
lower their bills and reduce the demand for energy. Examples include 
residential programs like rebates for energy efficient products, home energy 
assessments and the Casa Verde weatherization program. Commercial program 
examples include rebates as well, in addition to incentives for schools and 
small businesses that adopt the approved energy-saving measures.

The Innovative & New part of the RFP seeks additional offerings to help 
customers save electricity and money through changing their behaviors, earn 
rebates for adopting new technology, and participate in program offerings by 
removing barriers through equity-based programs. Both parts of the RFP address 
reducing customer energy use and lowering the utility's carbon footprint.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2021. A timeline associated 
with the RFP is as follows:

          Milestone                                         Date
RFP Issuance                                                     March 1, 2021
Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting                                   March 15, 2021
Deadline for Respondent Questions               By 5:00 p.m. (Central time) on 
                                                                March 23, 2021
CPS Energy Responses to Submitted Questions     By 5:00 p.m. (Central time) on 
                                                                 April 6, 2021
Respondent Proposals Due                        By 3:00 p.m. (Central time) on 
                                                                April 30, 2021 
Part A - Proposed Contract Commencement                            August 2021
Part B - Proposed Contract Commencement                          February 2022

The FlexSTEP initiative addresses managing energy demand and reducing the 
amount of electricity that needs to be produced to provide Reliable power to 
the community. Considered the "Fifth Fuel" in CPS Energy's diverse power 
generation portfolio, STEP began in 2009, with a goal to save 771 megawatts 
(MW) of demand by 2020. STEP provides programs and energy-saving measures to 
empower customers to manage their energy consumption through energy efficiency, 
weatherization, demand response, and the adoption of rooftop solar. The goal 
was achieved early in 2019. In 2020, the CPS Energy Board of Trustees and the 
City of San Antonio City Council approved extension of the highly popular STEP 
program with a bridge for an additional year, targeting 75 MW in additional 
savings. In 2021, City Council approved an extension of the STEP Bridge to 
allow CPS Energy to achieve program goals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

STEP program highlights and accomplishments:

    - Original Goal: Save up to 771 MW, roughly the equivalent of a power 
      plant, by 2020. 
    - Energy-savings Achievement: The goal was exceeded with energy savings 
      of 845 MW of cumulative demand reduction. 
    - Timeline Achievement: The goal was reached early in August of 2019, a 
      year ahead of schedule. 
    - Budget Achievement: STEP program goal was reached $120M under original 
      budget of $849M. 
    - Local Economic Achievement: An estimated 600 annual jobs were created, 
      with a cumulative economic impact of $5 billion. 
    - Environmental Achievement: CO2 emissions were reduced by 3.3 million 
    - Deferred Asset Achievement: The utility deferred building a new power 
      plant over the last 10 years. 
    - Example of Tangible Result: Energy savings from the STEP program in 
      FY2019 alone was enough to power 104,000 homes. 

As components of CPS Energy's innovative Flexible Path(SM) strategy introduced 
in 2017, FlexSTEP and the ongoing FlexPOWER Bundle(SM) initiatives work 
together to bring innovative solutions to meet San Antonio's growing energy 
needs. FlexSTEP programs will help manage the demand side of energy, while the 
FlexPOWER Bundle initiative will enhance management of the energy supply side, 
or power generation. 

A recent global RFP for the utility's FlexPOWER Bundle initiative sought new 
energy generation solutions and is expected to be awarded in Summer 2021. 
Additional details about the FlexPOWER Bundle RFP can be found at ( 
). Learn more about the FlexSTEP RFP at 
Both initiatives are important milestones for CPS Energy's Flexible Path 
strategy to transform to a cleaner energy future. The utility's business 
decisions are based on its Guiding Pillars of Reliability, Customer 
Affordability, Environmental Responsibility, Security, Safety, and Resiliency 
and its commitment to being one of the best-managed and most Financially 
Responsible utilities in the nation. 

About CPS Energy ( 
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 860,934 electric and 358,495 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 $8 
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.


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