GreenChoice 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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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 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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Fixing Austin’s Green Rate

by Mike Sloan & Melissa Reese AUG 20, 2009. Austin City Council voted on a substantial price reduction for the GreenChoice electric rate. This is great news for the people of Austin. But even if the Austin rate drops as expected, saving a typical green residential customer $38 per month, it will...
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Austin is Overcharging for Green Power

As chairman of the City task force that planned Austin’s green power program in 1997, it was with keen interest I read two Statesman articles during the past week suggesting that Wind Power is too expensive for Austin. The current lack of sales is simple: as you point out, GreenChoice is...
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