Austin Energy Archive

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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Affordability Goal Update: All Hat and No Cattle

By John Sutton and Robin Rather OCT 18, 2010. Last Wednesday, Austin Energy "unveiled" its Affordability Goal report (Affordability Matrix Reports) at a crowded, standing room only conference room on Barton Springs Road. If you weren't able to go - we've got you covered with this debrief and outline...
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Austin -vs- San Antonio: Green Power SmackDown!

by Robin Rather & Mike Sloan OCT 8, 2010. In our last post, we looked at the surprising downslide of Austin Energy relative to others in Texas in terms of both affordability and renewable energy. Here we compare AE against CPS Energy, the San Antonio municipal utility. Green Power...
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Austin Energy:  A Wake Up Call

by Robin Rather & Mike Sloan SEP 24, 2010. Larry Weis, the new General Manager for Austin Energy, starts work on Monday. What will he awake to find? A)  A utility that at the beginning of 2008 was widely recognized as the greenest, most innovative, and among the most affordable utilities...
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