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Duncan named interim General Manager of Austin Energy

Monday, January 7, 2008 by Austin Monitor

City Manager Toby Futrell has named Roger Duncan as interim General Manager of Austin Energy. Duncan will assume the duties of Juan Garza, who is leaving Austin Energy to become General Manager of the Pedernales Electric Co-Op at the end of the month.


Futrell said a national search to permanently fill the Austin Energy General Manager position would begin later this year. Duncan has served as Deputy General Manager since August 2004. He is in charge of Distributed Energy Services (district cooling and combined heat and power), Strategic Planning, Green Building, Governmental Relations, Energy Conservation and Air Quality.


From 1998 to 2004, Duncan was Vice-President in charge of Conservation, Renewables, and Environmental Policy for the utility.  Prior to joining Austin Energy, Duncan was director of the city’s Planning, Environmental and Conservation Services Department.


He served on the Austin City Council from 1981-1985.


He serves on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and is a member of the Western Governors Association task force on energy efficiency. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. 


Austin Energy is the 10th largest public power utility in the country with 380,000 customers and serving a population of 880,000. The utility provides low-cost, reliable power and is nationally recognized for some of the most advanced and comprehensive energy efficiency and Green Building programs in the nation. Under a recently announced “Climate Protection Plan” by the City of Austin, Austin Energy will offset by 2020, the need for a 700 megawatt power plant through energy efficiency and load shifting initiatives, among other measures.

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