The renewable energy transition will require innovative solutions that may come from unexpected places. For example, a landfill, typically the embodiment of a community’s waste, is the source of a creative new fuel supply partnership between CPS Energy and VIA, San Antonio’s public transit authority. In this session, CPS and VIA will discuss their partnership and how it helps improve the environment while providing affordable and reliable service to the community.
Waste Makes Haste
Richard Lujan oversees the Gas Delivery strategy at CPS Energy. He is responsible for designing, constructing and operating natural gas operations.
Richard previously served as Director of the Northwest Service District. In that role he oversaw construction and maintenance of CPS Energy's electric distribution assets, including Overhead Distribution, Service & Meter, Underground Residential Distribution, and Underground Electric Distribution.
Richard is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Trinity University.
Mr. Johns attended Palo Alto community college and studied Hazardous Material & Waste management. He then received a certification in Occupational Safety and Health from San Antonio College (SAC). He continued his studies at Cornell University receiving certifications in traffic and transportation management and logistics, warehouse safety and sanitation, and grocery retail operations. He also serves on the board of the Texas Transportation Association (TXTA) as an executive leader and advisor on the Texas Technical Maintenance Council. He is currently enrolled in the North Chamber Leadership Lab.
Spent 19 years with HEB Grocery Co. where he was assigned to Fleet operations as the Environmental and Safety Manager. He advanced to Facility Leader where he was responsible for the Maintenance of over 2,500 trailers and 500 tractors. Tommy was a charter member and played a crucial role in the establishment of the HEB LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) program supporting a fleet of 90 dual-fuel tractors in Harris County.
In 2011, Mr. Johns went to work for CPS Energy as the Fleet Maintenance Manager and then Fleet Operations Director. During his time at CPS Energy, he was responsible for more than 2,500 vehicles and standardizing the fleet profile. His most proud accomplishment was piloting and commissioning the light duty Hybrid (electric) crew truck fleet.
In 2019, Mr. Johns joined VIA Metropolitan Transit, as the Director of the Fleet and Facilities Division. His responsibilities include the maintenance of more than 500 large buses, 400 of which use CNG fuel. He also oversees the division’s capital and operating budgets, maintenance analytics and reporting, quality control, technical training, warranty, environmental management, and asset management. He initiated and executed the RNG partnership with CPS Energy.
Tommy finds his role at VIA the most rewarding of his career, as public transportation is crucial to the growth of San Antonio. Being part of public transportation and one of the largest alternative fuel fleets in the country, he now feels he is making a difference in people’s lives and positively impacting climate.