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CPS Energy's Interim CEO Talks Grid Reliability with Energy Central: Rudy Garza Joins the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

  • Jul 21, 2022
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At CPS Energy, interim President and CEO Rudy Garza has taken the recent spotlight on the Texas grid seriously, leveraging the expertise across his teams to ensure that every tool in the toolbox has been tapped into to prepare the San Antonio utility for what's to come. From ensuring low-hanging energy efficiency fruit was tapped into to ramping up the additional sources of clean energy and peak load energy resources, Rudy has shown confidence that CPS Energy customers can count on the lights to stay on this summer.

After Winter Storm Uri in early 2021, state lawmakers, utility leaders, and innovators have been seeking ways to ensure grid resilience is at the top of the Texas agenda. And leading into the summer season, those new strategies appeared poised to be put to the test thanks to record heatwaves that would bring with them previously unseen levels of power demand. As Rudy noted: 

We participated in so many studies on what happened and what opportunities does ERCOT have. What opportunities do we have as an operator here in San Antonio to do better? And I really do feel like we've taken what we've learned through those processes and actually done something with them. What I would tell you is, again, we've always focused on the summer peak, and now I think as a market, we're focused on extreme weather instead of just a seasonal type of dynamic. And I think the reality, that those extreme weather events aren't necessarily black swan events anymore, unlikely to happen. They've happened now, and so you have to assume that they're going to happen again and you have to build your systems resilient enough to handle those type of extreme temperatures.

This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

Episode #88: 'Eyes on Energy Efficiency, Grid Resilience, and Clean Energy in the Lonestar State' With Rudy Garza, Interim President & CEO of CPS Energy [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

 

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