CPS Energy is hiring a new CEO – they should pick a leader to help them go solar.
Under the leadership of the past CEO, Doyle Beneby, San Antonio’s municipally owned utility has made great strides to expand the use of renewable energy. But his departure leaves CPS’ solar future unclear. Now momentum is growing for a new “green” hire.
Last Thursday, two dozen environmental, business, faith and civic leaders wrote the CPS Board of Trustees urging them to hire a replacement who will make solar the centerpiece of San Antonio’s energy future. Then, on Saturday, the San Antonio Express-News editorialized “a dynamo in renewable energy to push innovation at CPS Energy…is the essential factor in CPS Energy’s ongoing search for a new chief executive officer.”
San Antonio has been the state leader in solar for a few years, but with the Austin city council approving contracts for another 450 megawatts of solar, the Alamo City risks slipping behind. Hiring a CEO who will go big on solar can help ensure San Antonio remains a leader and takes advantage of all the clean air and local economic development solar provides.
Executive Director, Environment Texas
As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at three Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.