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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Should natural gas be a required secondary fuel source?

Even as the city strives to reach net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Energy Code for Austin still, with some exceptions, requires the use of natural gas for water heating when a residential building is constructed adjacent to…

Monday, April 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Energy updates multifamily weatherization program

Despite spending less than ever on multifamily weatherization and tightening restrictions on its multifamily weatherization rebate program, Austin Energy claims to be on track to meet the city’s energy efficiency goals while continuing to lower energy bills for its customers.Debbie…

Friday, April 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Energy buys biomass plant for $460M

Austin Energy will, in fact, be purchasing the Nacogdoches Generating Facility for $460 million. Buying the East Texas biomass power plant is the city-owned utility’s way out of a controversial $2.3 billion contract that has been under intense scrutiny over…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Jack Craver

Contractors cry foul over changes to Austin Energy’s weatherization program

Why is Austin Energy spending so much less on its weatherization program than in the past? The answer depends on whom you ask.In the 2017 fiscal year, the utility spent $1.6 million on a long-standing program that offers free weatherization…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City electric water heating restrictions not plugged in to affordability, climate reality

The Joint Sustainability Committee is asking the city to reconsider an outdated prohibition on electric water heating as part of the upcoming code rewrite process. The committee passed a resolution Feb. 27 claiming the prohibition is a barrier to affordability…

Monday, January 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy considers scams, rising home values in changes to assistance programs

The city-owned electric utility Austin Energy has been a national leader over the past 30 years in helping customers lower their electric bills through energy efficiency programs.In addition to helping customers of all income levels cut costs by reducing their…

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