generation plan 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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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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Utility Proposes Energy Future

By Axel Gerdau for PowerSmack.org SEP 8, 2009. More Wind and Solar Part of Austin Energy’s Plan, But Coal and More Gas Too Austin’s energy future will be greener, but at least until 2020 it should also include electricity from coal, widely regarded as the world’s dirtiest fuel. That’s what...
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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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In the Press: More Transparency Needed, Lower GreenChoice Rates Coming

by Axel Gerdau AUG 22, 2009. This weeks cover story in the Austin Chronicle, “Twisting in the Wind – Austin Energy is all tangled up in smoke and wind mills over energy pricing”, provides a glimpse into the ongoing debate over Austin’s energy policy. Author Nora Ankrum effectively describes...
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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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Transparency: A Cornerstone of Public Policy, But Not Austin’s Energy

By Axel Gerdau for PowerSmack.org AUG 14, 2009. A budget shortfall is threatening institutions of civic life in Austin. The newly elected City Council is scrutinizing municipal expenditures in order to save at least $43 million this year,  and its members are considering shutting down swimming pools, cutting police services and...
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