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UTSA receives $168K rebate for participation in CPS Energy program

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(Oct. 18, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio received a $168,572 rebate from CPS Energy for reducing electricity use by an average of 2,516 kilowatts per hour on the hottest summer days.

This is UTSA's second year as a participant in CPS Energy's Demand Response program. Last year, UTSA received a $113,000 rebate check from CPS Energy.

The CPS Energy Demand Response program is an integral part of the utility's strategy to save 771 megawatts by 2020. Through the program, participating institutions receive rebates for reducing the electric load on peak days of energy use.

This year, CPS Energy designated 15 days requiring peak energy consumption between June and September. During these periods, CPS contacted UTSA and others to notify them about the heavy demand for power. UTSA reduced its draw from the grid by shifting to generators powered by natural gas and diesel fuel.

"UTSA is proud to participate in this community program that helps reduce peak energy demand and saves money for UTSA and energy customers in the community," said Dave Riker, UTSA associate vice president for facilities. "We look forward to future participation in the program and are always seeking new energy conservation and cost-reduction ideas."



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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