EPIcenter is a dynamic place where visionary entrepreneurs, technologists and communities come together to create a brighter energy future.
Leaders from around the world will come here to research, generate and promote new ideas surrounding energy innovation, and to engage citizens of all ages in discussions about energy transformation. EPIcenter is San Antonio’s gift to the energy innovation industry worldwide, as it is a local hub with global implications for the energy innovation economy.
Located just two miles from downtown San Antonio in the former Mission Road Power Plant, EPIcenter will be a nucleus of activity and a catalyst for future development on the banks of the San Antonio River. The location and century-old structure lends itself to adaptive reuse and exemplifies the rich history of energy generation in San Antonio.
The Mission Road Power Plant, affectionately known as "Queen Mary" by veteran employees of San Antonio’s utility CPS Energy, was built in 1909 to house one of the first steam turbo generator units in town, using water from the San Antonio River to cool its operation. A steel-framed brick building housed the first unit. Over the decades, the generators were updated with more modern equipment, including a turbine room, boiler house and storage warehouses.
Mission Road served San Antonio’s electrical needs until 2003 when the plant was decommissioned and environmental clean-up began to facilitate development along the Mission Reach and the future EPIcenter.
The historic structures stand as testaments to the changes in the evolving energy innovation industry and will serve as the foundation and framework for EPIcenter.
In 2015, CPS Energy and its New Energy Economy (NEE) partners OCI Solar, Silver Spring Networks and Landis+Gyr announced the launch of EPIcenter as a non-profit, private operating foundation. The partners formed a board of directors and made plans to hire a chief executive officer to lead the organization and bring the center to fruition.
CEO Kimberly Britton joined EPIcenter in March 2016 and is building her team, establishing the organization’s infrastructure, finalizing plans for the property, and raising the $74.5 million needed to retrofit the former Mission Road Power Plant into the headquarters for innovation that will be EPIcenter.