Friday, February 28, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Council members discuss how Austin Energy’s billing system disproportionally affects vulnerable customers

Austin Energy makes its revenue from customers purchasing energy from the fourth and fifth tiers of its five-tiered residential billing structure. However, with more Austinites living in multifamily units and homes becoming more energy-efficient, 76 percent of residential energy consumption…

Friday, February 21, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

More energy-efficient homes are straining Austin Energy’s revenues

Austin Energy began its year with higher-than-expected revenues thanks to warmer temperatures this fall. “We’re about 5 percent over the forecast for the quarter in consumption,” said Stephanie Koudelka, the utility’s principal accounting manager, at the Feb. 10 meeting of…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

AE, but not drivers, charging toward renewable goals

A report from the Office of the City Auditor states that Austin Energy is on track to reduce carbon emissions from utility operations so the city can meet its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050. But auditors also found that…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Texas Gas Service proposes billing changes

Texas Gas Service, which serves 260,000 customers in Central Texas, including 220,000 within Austin’s city limits, is proposing a new rate design that will give customers new options for how their bills will be calculated. Larry Graham, manager of community…

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin Energy seeks change in rebate approvals

City Council authorized Austin Energy to pay $4.45 million for multifamily and commercial customer rebates during the current fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. But the utility may not be able to provide all the rebates authorized because some property…

Monday, October 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission supports energy rebate program change, calls for more information

Austin Energy has long struggled to find enough customers to take part in its multifamily energy efficiency rebate program. The trend continued last fiscal year when more than half of its rebate funds, which don’t carry over into subsequent years,…

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