SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Antonio community is invited to participate in a new Rate Advisory Committee (RAC) that CPS Energy is forming this year. CPS Energy is now accepting applications from residents who are eligible to serve. The RAC's mission is to provide helpful and unique knowledge and customer insights to the utility's efforts and projects related to rate structure and rate design with the ultimate goals of helping management balance its Guiding Pillars and increasing the mutual understanding of public issues and concerns. CPS Energy bases business decisions on the Guiding Pillars of Reliability, Customer Affordability, Security, Safety, Environmental Responsibility and Resiliency with a foundation of Financial Responsibility. The Rate Advisory Committee will also be guided by these same pillars.
The Committee will be made up of 21 members comprised of 11 appointees by the CPS Energy Board of Trustees, including Mayoral appointees and 10 City Council appointees.
"The rate advisory committee will enable community members to examine how CPS Energy rates are designed, making the utility more accountable and transparent," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "Serving on the committee is a great opportunity for residents to get involved and represent their neighbors."
"CPS Energy is an important partner in the community providing energy services, and we need you to participate in how utility rates are determined for customers," said Janie Gonzalez, CPS Energy Trustee for the Southwest Quadrant 4. "Apply for the Rate Advisory Committee and be part of the solution. Your voice will make a difference."
To qualify, members must be 18 years and older, a current customer, reside in the CPS Energy service area, and have effective communication skills. Membership of the Rate Advisory Committee shall be open to individuals in good financial standing with CPS Energy (for energy bills) through an application and appointment process.
Members of the RAC will devote the necessary time and energy to learn about the utility business and the rate design function that allows utilities to recover their costs to provide service. This effort will help them understand and provide thoughtful input and perspectives regarding CPS Energy's rate structure and rate design options.
"CPS Energy is committed to having a Rate Advisory Committee reflective of San Antonio and the community's needs," said Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO of CPS Energy. "This committee can enhance our robust public input process and we enthusiastically invite our engaged community to apply to participate."
Members of the community who qualify and are interested in serving on the Rate Advisory Committee can apply at cpsenergy.com/rac. Interested persons can visit the website for more information, an online application package which includes a description of the role and qualifications. Hard copies of the application package can be obtained by visiting any of our walk-in centers, the City of San Antonio's City Clerk's office or by calling (210) 353-6788.
The application deadline is February 26. For more information, call (210) 353-6788 or email [email protected].
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.
SOURCE CPS Energy