Texas electricity provider CPS Energy managed to significantly cut its carbon emissions between 2018 and 2019. However, the Energy Information Administration recently showed the utility remains one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters. This is mainly because of its two coal power plants.
Based in San Antonio, CPS emitted 12.2 million metric tons of CO2 in 2019. These levels are down from 17.7 million metric tons in 2018. Under its Flexible Path program, the company set a target of reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2040 and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
As of July 2020, CPS generated 46 percent of its power from natural gas. 22 percent of its power came from wind and 18 percent from coal power plants.
CPS officials argue they are making good progress, as shown by a reduction in the amount of carbon emissions produced per unit of energy. While the company generated four times as much energy in 2019 as it did in 1980, CO2 emissions in the city remained roughly constant.
According to a company statement, “Although there is no single solution to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, we strive to meet our goals with thoughtful implementation of a range of low to non-emitting technologies.”