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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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Coal: Not Cheap

by Mike Sloan SEP 26, 2009. 7 Reasons for Austin to Re-Think its Loyalty to the Fayette Coal Plant. Coal has long been considered cheap energy: unhealthy yes, but with an intoxicatingly low price. That mindset should be abandoned. It is no longer true. If you believe quitting coal is...
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Clean Energy is Painful in Austin ???

By Mike Sloan  SEP 24, 2009. In response to concerns expressed in the September 21, 2009 Austin American Statesman lead story : “Clean Energy may be Painful”: Clean Energy: Austin’s Cheapest Sources in 2008 Contrary to conventional wisdom, Austin Energy’s lowest cost electric resources for 2008 were: ...
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Townhall Meeting: Austin Energy Proposes Energy Future

by Axel Gerdau  AUG 31, 2009. Austin Energy is going public with its generation plan proposal. Starting on Tuesday at 6 pm utility administrators will present their vision of Austin’s energy future during an open town hall meeting at AE headquarters at Town Lake Center (721 Barton Springs Road). Previously, the...
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Austin is Running on Coal far into the Future

By Axel Gerdau for PowerSmack.org For 30 years Austin has been running on the world’s dirtiest fuel – and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Administrators at Austin Energy want to continue our dependence on coal power. If City Council and Mayor Lee Leffingwell accept the utility’s “Recommendation for the...
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Los Angeles Gets Out of Coal

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a dramatic shift in Los Angeles' energy policy: The city will phase out all its coal-based electricity by 2020 and replace it with power from cleaner and renewable sources of energy. Currently, 40 Percent of the electricity delivered by Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power...
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