CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric company, providing service to 741,000 electric and 331,000 natural gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area. With the development of the EPA’s new Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule, the utility decided it was time to automate its emissions reporting process.
The subsequent increased complexity of regulatory requirements associated with the new mandatory reporting rule, allowed CPS Energy to leverage its existing Environmental Management Information System (EMIS) that would utilize the company’s existing data already being captured for other air emission reporting and eliminate the need to enter data twice.
Implementing the Enviance System has enabled CPS Energy to create a single database repository that captures all emissions data. As a result, data resides in one place and can be used for multiple state and federal compliance reports (data “repurposing”), as well as other internal reporting requirements.
The System also serves as a single source for data entry, performs all the calculations, and generates an xml file based on the data results that is ready to submit into e-GGRT (the EPA’s electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool) with a few mouse clicks – which results in considerable time saved.
“Our company’s reporting process was streamlined. In addition, the System brings considerable peace of mind since Enviance is tracking permit caps among several sources,” said Lisa Clyde, Environmental Engineer for CPS Energy. “Enviance’s rapid implementation of the System was particularly helpful. We went from a signed agreement in December to full implementation by March so that we could use Enviance to electronically report to the EPA on time.”