Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Electric Utility Commission recommends purchase of more solar power

Austin has a herculean trial ahead of itself as it tries to reach 65 percent renewable energy by 2027. Thankfully, one new proposed project may make that goal achievable.Despite making up only 4 percent of the Electric Reliability Council of…

Friday, December 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Robbins protests gas company’s budget

Local consumer advocate Paul Robbins has filed an appeal challenging the effectiveness of the conservation program being used by Texas Gas Service. As a customer of the utility, Robbins asserts that he has a right to challenge what is called…

Monday, November 27, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Changes in the Texas wholesale energy grid may increase prices

In August 2017, City Council made a commitment to providing 65 percent renewable energy to its residents by 2027. This aggressive energy plan is, according to Robert Cullick, director of communications and marketing at Austin Energy, the only one of…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Energy efficiency rebates not impacting rent 

The Austin Energy MultiFamily Rebate Program was launched in 1991, but only since 2013 has it been the focus of a data tracking initiative with the aim of investigating the possible effects of participation on rental prices.Liz Jambor, a data…

Friday, November 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fath retiring from Electric Utility Commission

After 40 years of fighting for consumers and small businesses on Austin’s Electric Utility Commission, Shudde Fath this week announced her resignation.Fath, who is often referred to as the grande dame of Austin’s environmental movement, is 101 years old and…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Utility fixing Customer Assistance Program

Last week, after City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, longtime Austin environmental advocate and Austin Energy critic Paul Robbins had something to celebrate. Robbins had been asking Council to reform Austin Energy’s Customer Assistance Program since 2014 and…

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