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How the Right Kind of Electric Utility Can Increase Solar Energy and Jobs: You expect to hear solar

How the Right Kind of Electric Utility Can Increase Solar Energy and Jobs: You expect to hear solar

In March 2011 CPS Energy, the San Antonio utility, announced that the utility and NRG Energy, the majority partner in a nuclear plant expansion, had mutually agreed to suspend talks on two proposed reactors scheduled to begin construction in 2012. CPS currently generates about 28 percent of its electricity from coal, 14 percent from nuclear, 42 percent from natural gas, 13.5 percent comes from wind; solar and landfill-generated methane gas account for the remaining 3 percent (approximate figures from CPS website). In 2009 CPS installed a 200-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system, small by today's standards, but that solar electric system could supply 40 homes with electricity. Then CPS produced a request for proposals that included manufacturing solar and installing it in their territory. That was the beginning of what was dubbed the "New Energy Economy," which launched in Jun...

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