US municipal utility CPS Energy has been named the 'Public Power Utility of the Year' by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).In a press statement, CPS Energy says the award is a recognition of its programmes deployed to expand the company's portfolio of clean energy generation resources.
The award recognises efforts by CPS Energy in deploying smart grid technologies to access real-time grid performance data and improve its management of distributed energy resources.
The power utility award will be handed over to CPS Energy during a summit to be hosted by SEPA in Washington DC on July 26.
Paula Gold Williams, CEO of CPS Energy, said: "This is about us putting into practice our thought leadership around meeting customer expectations. Many of our customers want reliable, clean electricity – preferably with little or no emissions.
"Where some other utilities talk about how it could be done, we ask ourselves how it can be done today."
The energy provider is owned by San Antonio city and generates 76MW from rooftop solar and 450MW from solar farms to sustain the reliability of its grid network to serve 804,000 electric consumers.
In total, 35% of the utility's energy capacity is generated from nuclear, 34% from coal, 15% from natural gas and 16% from renewable energy.
CPS Energy has also installed smart meters for its electric and 343,000 gas consumers to accurately bill customers, improve management of grid networks and, develop and implement new programmes such as demand response and efficiency initiatives.
The utility claims to be a leader in solar adoption in Texas and has plans to expand its investments in battery storage, renewable energy and innovative grid technologies to provide its customers with affordable energy.
Power utility award
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