AE Rate Positions of CCARE, HURF and Data Foundry

by Mike Sloan, Feb. 9, 2012.

Representatives for a broad range of businesses and interest groups have shared their thoughts with City Council regarding the electric rate increase proposed by Austin Energy. Here are the views of a few.

Coalition for Clean Affordable Reliable Energy (CCARE)

CCARE Letter to City Council Feb. 7. CCARE says that Austin Energy’s updated proposal is “a step in the right direction”and that it supports the AED cost allocation methodology. However, CCARE expresses concern about fuel charges and says “The city and utility must learn to do more with less…”

Homeowners United for Rate Fairness (HURF)

HURF Letter to Council. Jan. 12, 2012. HURF has been opposed to the proposed rate increase for many stated reasons, perhaps chief among them is “taxation without representation” for having rates that support a full General Fund Transfer to the City of Austin despite the fact these out-of-city ratepayers also must support local city services. HURF’s most recent letter, Feb. 9, 2012, expresses appreciation for the recommendation of a rate discount for customers outside the City, but continues its opposition to the progressive rate structure included in AE’s rate proposal.

Data Foundry

Data Foundry – Hearing Comments Feb 9, 2012. Data Foundry, a large data center that uses a lot of electricity, feels the rate increase requested by Austin Energy is too much, too soon.  They “believe that the proposal offered by Council members Morrison and Tovo this morning will give us time to discuss the items that have been left outstanding.”

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