Transparency Archive

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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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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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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