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National Customer-Focused Electrification Symposia Hosted in San Antonio

Former Secretary of Energy confirmed for Keynote Address

SAN ANTONIO, July 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CPS Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will host the third and final 2019 event of the Electrification U.S. Symposium Series in San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 2-3, 2019.  The Electrification Experience will address customer impacts related to the efficient electrification from an array of power sources and end uses.  The event will feature a Keynote Address from Former United States Secretary of Energy, Professor Ernest Moniz.  The highly distinguished Keynote Speaker, Professor Moniz, served as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2013 – 2017 and is now the President & CEO of both EJM Associates and the Energy Futures Initiative.

EPRI Electric Power Research Institute

"Electrification is one of the key drivers of an important global energy movement.  We are seeing human-focused, electrified technology lend itself to both products and innovation that is and will continue to benefit our customers.  Simultaneously, electrification will help us move flexibly to an increasingly secure, safe, reliable, affordable, resilient, and environmentally responsible energy future," said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy's President & CEO.  "We are honored to partner with EPRI and very excited to welcome Professor Moniz and other great guests to San Antonio for what will be a thoughtful and learning-rich conference experience."

"The symposia will examine issues and opportunities of efficiently electrifying the economy, and what that process means for regional electricity users," said Mark Duvall, who leads much of EPRI's electrification research. "These forums help demonstrate that a cleaner electric power sector may enable other sectors to reduce carbon emissions through efficient electrification, while enhancing the customer experience."

The San Antonio symposium is the third in EPRI's 2019 U.S. electrification conferences.  Updates with additional confirmed speakers will be provided regularly.  EPRI's first symposium was:

  • Pathways to Decarbonization in the Western U.S. held in Berkeley, CA, on July 10-11.  It featured keynote addresses from David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission; Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board; and David Olsen, Chair, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator. 

In between the first symposium and the San Antonio event in October, EPRI's second symposium will be:

  • Pathways to Decarbonization in the Northeast in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 28-29, focusing on decarbonization in transportation and buildings.

WHAT: The Electrification Experience

WHEN: October 2-3, 2019

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Please visit the event homepage for details. The event is open to the media; please contact Donald Cutler for media registration information.

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 840,000 electric and 350,000 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 $7 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. For more information, visit cpsenergy.com.

About EPRI:
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI members represent 90% of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States with international participation extending to 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Dallas, Texas; Lenox, Mass.; and Washington, D.C.


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