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Monday, December 12, 2016 by Cate Malek

LCRA defends wind power divestment decision

The Lower Colorado River Authority is responding to pushback against its decision to end a $360 million contract to take power from the Papalote Creek Wind Farm. On Dec. 2, the LCRA sent out an email to its employees laying…

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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Oversight committee discusses making city carbon-free by 2030

“Can Austin be a carbon-free energy city by 2030?” was one of the more prominent questions up for debate Wednesday as the City Council’s Energy Utility Oversight Committee got its first update on the 10-year road map for Austin Energy’s…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Task force to update Austin Energy’s environmental plans

Austin Energy is gearing up for another update to the “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025,” the document first approved by City Council in 2007 that outlines how the city-owned utility intends to change in the…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy gears up for smarter smart meters

Nearly a decade after rolling out smart meters for all of its electric customers, Austin Energy is planning another citywide meter upgrade. At a Monday meeting of the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, AE General Manager Jackie Sargent told City…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves new electricity rates

City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new set of electricity rates for residents and businesses served by Austin Energy, the city-owned utility. The vote was the culmination of an eight-month process, starting with a rate proposal submitted by…

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Friday, August 26, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy agrees to start planning coal plant retirement

Two key environmental groups announced their support Thursday for a settlement to the Austin Energy rate review, the public process the city goes through periodically before setting new electricity rates for the city-owned utility’s commercial and residential customers. Sierra Club…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy gradually reforms Customer Assistance Program

For nearly two years, Paul Robbins, a longtime environmental and consumer activist, has been hounding Austin Energy about its operation of the Customer Assistance Program, which is intended to give energy discounts to low-income households. Robbins, who earns groans as…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy agrees to rate deal with businesses, consumer advocates

Eighteen of the 26 advocacy groups, businesses and individuals who signed up to intervene in the ongoing Austin Energy rate review have signaled support for a compromise with the utility. The deal would lower electricity rates for both residential customers…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy defends its rate proposals to Council

City Council members didn’t have a whole lot to say on Monday during their first hearing regarding the electricity rates that Austin Energy, the city-owned electric utility, has proposed for the next five years. Convened as the Austin Energy Utility…

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