(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."
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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