History of Solar Energy in San Antoni

  • 395 views
Uploaded on

 

More in: Technology , Business
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
395
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0

Actions

Shares
Downloads
3
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. San Antonio’s Energy Policy: Trajectory of Transition Trajectory of Transition
    • Lanny Sinkin
    • Executive Director
    • Solar San Antonio
    • Presentation to
    • King William Neighborhood Association
    • August 3, 2011
  • 2. Solar San Antonio
    • Created in 1999 by William Sinkin (86 years after birth on King William Street)
    • Non-profit advocacy organization
    • First years spent on educating through workshops, power breakfasts, seminars
    • More recently focused on building solar industry in San Antonio in household and small commercial area.
  • 3. City Public Service
    • Purchased by City of San Antonio 1942
    • Established with independent Board
    • Board is self perpetuating
    • Powers of City Council limited
      • Bond and rate approval
      • Confirmation of new Board members
  • 4. Traditional Utility Model
    • Utility viewed as simply energy provider
    • Large central generators built as needed
    • Little or no public involvement in decision-making
    • Service orientation at the customer level
    • Sell power, collect revenue, transfer 14% to City general fund
  • 5. South Texas Nuclear Project
    • City Public Service Board voted to join partnership
    • Little public discussion
    • Approval requested from City Council
    • First public involvement
  • 6. Citizen Involvement
    • City Council planned to vote on largest financial decision in the City’s history without one public hearing
    • Citizens demanded a public hearing
    • Council agreed to public hearing and to pay expenses to bring nationally-recognized opponent to testify
    • One hearing, then decision made
  • 7. Citizen Movement
    • Organizations formed to oppose nuclear project
    • Linked organizations in Austin and San Antonio
    • Public forums/debates
    • Media coverage
  • 8. Troubled Project
    • Cost overruns
    • Delays
    • Safety inspection break down
    • Federal enforcement action
    • Design and engineering break down
    • Contractor fired
  • 9. Increased Citizen Involvement
    • CPS Energy Citizens Advisory Committee created in 1997.
    • Ten representatives recommended by City Council
    • Five members appointed by CPS Energy Board of Directors
    • Briefed monthly on utility-related projects, programs, and strategies - confidential
  • 10. Long Term Plans
    • February 2010 - City Council adopts Mission Verde Sustainability Plan
      • Distributed Energy System
      • Green Jobs Development
      • Sustainable Buildings
      • Multi-modal Transportation System
      • Green One Stop Center
  • 11. Long Term Plans (cont)
    • CPS Energy adopts Vision 2020 calling for 20% renewables by 2020
    • Chair Aurora Geis brings in Jeremy Rifkin; CPS Energy adopts a Third Industrial Revolution plan which calls for
      • Energy efficiency at the base
      • Pillar 1 Distributed Renewable Energy
      • Pillar II Buildings as Power Plant
      • Pillar III Energy Storage
      • Pillar IV Smart Grids and Infrastructure
  • 12. STNP 3 and 4
    • $350 million spent on preliminary design and engineering without going to City Council = cash reserves
    • Community meetings to explain CPS Energy commitment
    • Extensive citizen opposition
    • City Council cost concerns
  • 13. Scandal Sinks Project
    • October 2009 City Council planning first vote on $400 million bonding authority
    • Hidden cost overrun of $4 billion surfaces two days before vote
    • Mayor cancels vote
    • Investigation initiated
    • Litigation ensues
  • 14. LeadershipTransition
    • Top management personnel resign
    • Chair CPS Board resigns
    • January 2010 new Chairman Charles Foster
    • August 2010 new CEO Doyle Beneby recruited by Foster
    • Generally hostile attitude toward solar from traditional utility executives - solar = lost revenue
  • 15. Solar Opportunity
    • 2007 CPS Energy planned one megawatt solar plant because solar was experimental.
    • New CEO in 2010 previously involved in large inner city solar project, committed to transition to renewables
    • Two key changes
      • CPS Energy leverage to attract new companies
      • CPS Energy as economic development partner
  • 16. New Companies
    • Five new companies to open headquarters in San Antonio
      • Street light manufacturer
      • Electrically cooled truck bed assembly
      • Solar manufacturer/integrator
      • Energy efficiency equipment
      • Clean coal
  • 17. Rapid Solar Expansion
    • November 2010 - Blue Wing Project - 16 megawatts
    • Decision made to decommission old coal
    • Contract signed for additional 30 megawatts from SunEdison
    • RFP issued for 50 megawatts more calls for
      • manufacturing or assembly plant
      • education component
      • research and development component
  • 18. Rapid Solar Deployment
    • 111 proposals received in response to 50 MW RFP
    • Price per kilowatt hour highly competitive
    • RFP revised to include up to 400 MW over next five years
    • Outstanding proposals received
  • 19. Solar at the Household Level Household Level
    • Focus of Solar San Antonio
    • Program to overcome cost and information barriers
      • local lending institutions offering solar loan products - San Antonio Credit Union
      • Solar San Antonio offering assistance and connecting with local solar industry
  • 20. Incentives
    • CPS Energy Rebate = approximately 40% of cost
    • Federal Tax Credit = 30% of total minus rebate
    • Commercial - 30% federal cash grant and 100% bonus depreciation in 2011
  • 21.  
  • 22. Bring Solar Home Campaign
    • Begun September 2010
    • Microsite on website = BringSolarHome.com
    • or call 210-22-SOLAR
    • Application form on website
    • Referral by Solar San Antonio to three solar companies
    • Solar companies make appointment and provide information, options, and bids
  • 23. Beta Test Results
    • Close to 600 applications
    • 75 installations
    • Value of installations $2.5 to $3 million
    • Adding 1/2 megawatt to CPS Energy distributed energy portfolio
    • Expenditures by Solar San Antonio for staff, materials, and advertising = $60,000
  • 24. Bring Solar Home Phase II
    • Based on “lessons learned,” revised campaign initiated on May 1, 2011
    • Additional funding resources permitting expanded campaign
    • Additional lending institutions participation - Frost Bank and BBVA Compass
    • More than 250 applications received to date
  • 25. Solar and Historical Districts
    • Integration of solar on to historical buildings is challenging
    • More intensive examination on case by case basis
    • Ongoing discussion about best practices
    • Solar San Antonio works with City Office of Historic Preservation
  • 26. Contact Information
    • [email_address]
    • 210-354-0236
    • BringSolarHome.com