Adding Remote Solar is OK, but Better Ideas Await Austin

by Mike Sloan. Oct 14, 2015. I  was a member of the 2014 Generation Planning Task Force and, despite being a renewable energy consultant for 25+ years, did not vote in favor of the plan to add 600 MW of solar. (My reasons are explained below.)  Regarding the expected October 15, 2015 vote...
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Austin Mayors on Electricity Rates, Planning & Renewables

by Mike Sloan. May 11, 2012. Here's a look at the last 3 elected Mayors of Austin on 3 metrics for managing the City's electric utility (Austin Energy) over the course of city budgets they were responsible for, from the time they arrived on the job until they left/leave (Voters will...
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Austin Mayoral Race: The Environmental Facts

by Mike Sloan. May 6, 2012. While past accomplishments have deservedly earned Austin a reputation among the greenest of cities, what's the straight scoop about the City's current standing and trajectory on being green? The following is a lengthy email exchange with the Austin Environmental Democrats regarding claims made in their...
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Morrison and Tovo Step Up

by Robin Rather, Feb. 9, 2012. In an unexpected and powerful move this morning, Council-members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo announced a counter-proposal today that takes the sting out of the Austin Energy rate increase and replaces it with sanity, simplicity and fairness. (The full text of their press release appears...
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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....
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Austin Electric Rates – Act 2

by Paul Robbins, Feb. 7, 2012. This Thursday at 6 PM at City Hall Chambers, the second public hearing on Austin's electric rate increase is taking place in front of the Austin City Council. People concerned with fair rates and funding for environmental programs are urged to...
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Austin Energy’s disastrous rate plan — worse than last one

By Bill Oakey, Feb. 6, 2012. Please Come to Electric Rate Public Hearing This Thursday Austin Energy’s latest “revised” proposal does nothing to reduce the utility’s spending, reduce fixed charges for residential customers, stop the shifting of costs from industrial to residential customers, and keep a rate design that rewards energy conservation...
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Rate Hike’s Dirty Little Secrets

by John Sutton, Jan. 12, 2012. The proposed electrical rate hike is bringing out a lot of Austin Energy’s (AE) dirty little secrets. The utility has been bleeding red ink for five years, but the only solution offered was to raise rates. Why was cutting the budget to size not...
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Austin Ponders Increasing Electric Rates

by Robin Rather & Mike Sloan. Jan 12, 2012. Powersmack recognizes the intense controversy around the proposed Austin Energy rate increase and has asked a diverse set of local contributors to comment on it. We have also linked to other bloggers and media outlet coverage for comprehensive perspective. Here are...
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Austin Energy’s Questionable Rate Increase: Dead on Arrival?

By Bill Oakey and Robin Rather, Jan. 12, 2012. What on earth possessed Austin Energy to believe it could magically talk the Council into a huge rate increase that for the first time in decades puts a lopsided rate burden on poor and middle class residential customers, small...
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