Navigant Creating a Climate Action Plan in San Antonio

Navigant Research's Dan Bradley shares details with The Rivard Report about creating San Antonio's new climate action plan

Navigant’s Dan Bradley commented in an article for The Rivard Report regarding the new emissions cutting agreement between CPS Energy and the San Antonio River Authority.

Last summer, the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy announced their plans to create a new climate action plan with at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). A year later, this plan is changing to an agreement between Navigant, CPS, Energy, and the San Antonio River Authority. In addition, the backed funding by CPS Energy for UTSA’s efforts is being changed from $500,000 to $650,000, as part of a 10-year, $50 million research partnership.

Under the new terms, Navigant is collaborating with the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy to draft an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, identify strategies to cut emissions, and implement the final action and adaptation plans.

Dan Bradley, managing director for Navigant’s Energy practice told The Rivard Report that the company has worked with CPS Energy previously on “strategy issues” related to the power grid and rates and has between two and six employees dedicated to the climate plan, based on needs.

Regarding the transition of work to Navigant, Bradley said, “In going through these types of activities, it’s really hard,” he said. “There’s a lot of data to be crunched. It really relates to the availability of resources to get this magnitude of engagement done. It had a lot to do with resource constraints.”

Navigant will receive $355,000 from CPS Energy in the new agreement, meanwhile UTSA has already received $250,000 and will receive an additional $45,000 by the end of 2018. The greenhouse gas emissions work deadline is December with others going through March 2019.

The director of the nonprofit Build San Antonio Green spoke well of Navigant’s work on the project, “It’s a very exciting but challenging plan. I think that UTSA is a very important local partner, but I recognize we’re lucky to have a national and international partner with Navigant’s experience.”

Navigant will also work with the San Antonio River Authority to develop more accurate flood risk maps, as severe flooding is the most concerning natural disaster risk caused by climate change for San Antonio.

UTSA will still be part of the project with students providing 20 hours of work per week under Navigant for baseline emissions inventory and greenhouse gas forecasting, as well one city staff member and CPS Energy staff member for up to 10 hours per week.

UTSA’s architecture Dean, John Murphy, said the agreement to bring in Navigant was mutual among all parties given the project’s quick turnaround.

“We all agreed it would be good to bring in someone to keep us all on track,” Murphy said. “I think they’re a proven international entity with international expertise and experience in this field.”

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