STEP Reporting and Accountability
Reporting and Accountability

CPS Energy’s Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP) is an aggressive energy conservation program. The goal of the program is to save 771 MW of electricity between 2009 and 2020. The total cost of the program for this duration will be approximately $849 million with annual costs ranging from $12.3 million to over $77 million.

STEP will provide financial incentives to residential and commercial customers to install energy saving practices and fixtures to reduce the customer’s use of electricity on a permanent basis. This program produces short term benefits such as:

  • Reducing overall system fuel costs and producing fuel savings for customers
  • Lowering customer’s energy use and their monthly bill

STEP will also produce long term benefits for customers such as:

  • Delaying the need for additional generation capacity in the future and alleviating corresponding rate increases to support the cost of the new generation
  • Providing environmental benefits from reduced emissions

The reduction in electricity consumption would be accomplished by providing residential and commercial customers with financial incentives and assistance such as: replacement of current light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs, and replacement of existing household appliances with energy efficient appliances.

The City of San Antonio has established a set of accountability procedures for STEP. CPS Energy will provide quarterly and annual reports to the City of San Antonio indicating year to date STEP activity. The elements of the required detailed quarterly report information include but are not limited to a:

  • Chart indicating the number of kilowatts saved by customer class and program type
  • Map illustrating the allocation of rebates by Council district
  • Map illustrating the location of each rebate recipient with an overlay of socioeconomic income levels

CPS Energy shall also provide an annual report to the City which shows the incentive payments made as a result of the “Commercial Demand Response” program for the prior twelve months. Other measures included within the annual report are as follows:

  • Allocated funding from base rate and amount from STEP rate per program area
  • Map illustrating the allocation of rebates by Council district
  • Map illustrating the location of each rebate recipient with an overlay of socioeconomic income levels
  • Allocation of rebates by business size defined by energy demand
  • Rebate program collaboration with other programs operated by CPS Energy, City or San Antonio Water System, etc.
  • Itemization of the number of firms employed (local/non-local) and number of employed (local/non-local)
  • Number of first-time rebate participants
  • Number of repeat rebate participants
  • Emissions reduction (ozone, CO2, NOx, VOC) reduced per rebate program area
  • Third party annual report will address annual kilowatt savings and kilowatt hours savings by council district and dollar allocation

These annual and quarterly reports are made available to the public with sufficient protection regarding confidential information as deemed necessary by the City. Any questions related to the posted material can be directed to the Office of Sustainability at 207.6103.

Further information about STEP can be found on CPS Energy’s Web site.


Financial information contained within the STEP Quarterly Reports solely reflects a portion of the STEP expenditures. Actual STEP expenditures, confirmed by an independent third party, are stated within the Annual STEP Measurement and Verification (M&V) Report. The information and data provided in these reports is provided for reference purposes only and is provided to the user of the report “as is” without any warranties of any type, expressed or implied. CPS Energy does not warrant, represent or guarantee that the information or data provided in this report is correct, accurate or fit for any particular use or purpose by the user of this report as of the date the report is provided to the user or otherwise.