CPS Energy joins Texas Nuclear Alliance

May 30, 2024, 12:00PMNuclear News

CPS Energy has become a founding member of the Texas Nuclear Alliance and is also the alliance’s first electric utility provider member. CPS Energy owns 40 percent of the two-unit South Texas Project nuclear power plant, in Bay City, Tex.

CPS Energy: Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas, and electric company, providing service to more than 930,114 electric and 381,379 natural gas customers in San Antonio, Tex., and portions of seven adjoining counties.

Alliance formation: The Texas Nuclear Alliance is an industry association dedicated to the advancement of nuclear technology in the state. It was formed with a singular mission, according to a May 29 press release: to make Texas the “Nuclear Capital of the World.”

Formed in 2022 in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri that hit Texas, the alliance is based “on the fundamental premise that if Texas and the world want low-carbon, reliable energy, it can no longer turn its back on nuclear energy. Nuclear is clean, safe, reliable, and secure,” the press release noted.

Quotable: “CPS Energy knows firsthand the importance and value of nuclear energy for providing reliable, safe and clean energy for its customers, and the alliance is proud to have their leadership and vision as part of our mission to advance the nuclear industry in Texas,” said Texas Nuclear Alliance president Reed Clay. “Our growing membership has one main thing in common: We know that a stable energy future will not be possible without nuclear, and that Texas should be the cornerstone of the nuclear resurgence. We look forward to partnering with CPS Energy to advance the nuclear industry in Texas and beyond.”

Rudy D. Garza, CPS Energy president and chief executive officer, added, “Nuclear energy is an important part of our generation portfolio to cleanly and reliably serve one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. “We look forward to our participation and membership in the Texas Nuclear Alliance and will continue to advocate for nuclear energy as part of our state’s growing need for energy resources.”

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