President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday rolling back much of the Obama administration’s climate change policies won’t affect CPS Energy’s plans to reduce carbon emissions.
“We at CPS Energy have been on a steady path to diversify and reduce the carbon output of our generation fleet, which is specifically important for our growing metropolitan community,” CPS’ CEO and President Paula Gold-Williams said in an emailed statement. “It’s a plan that’s been set in motion for almost a decade and one that we believe is the right thing for our customers and our community.”
“The city and CPS are already way ahead of the requirements of the Clean Power Plan in terms of carbon reduction and CPS is still committed to shutting down the Deely plant early in 2018,” said Doug Melnick, chief sustainability officer for San Antonio.
The executive order comes after Trump proposed completely defunding the Clean Power Plan in his budget plan. Regardless of the Trump administration’s plans for environmental regulations Melnick says local governments like San Antonio will continue to act in the best interest of their citizens.
“From what I have seen historically, even during the Obama administration and before, it’s really been local governments that have led the way,” he said. “I don’t think anything has changed.”