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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Committee urges formulation of rules for marine toilets, marinas

The City of Austin is facing a mountain of issues in its attempt to better regulate a set of items that include marine toilets, marinas and holding tanks. Among them is probable cost, extent of the trouble, and – perhaps…

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Bill McCann

Austin Energy reduces incentives, credits for solar users on grid

Austin Energy customers who have installed solar electric systems or are planning to install them are facing a reduction in the incentives offered by the utility.   Utility officials defend their actions, saying the reductions are based on budget limits…

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Jo Clifton

PUC: Non-city utility customers must pay legal fees

The Texas Public Utility Commission has dismissed a complaint filed by a group of non-City of Austin ratepayers against Austin Energy. That dismissal means that ratepayers who are not Austin residents will foot the $1.55 million bill for the utility’s…

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Bill McCann

Council eases rules on delinquent utility bills

At the urging of advocacy groups and a tenacious City Council Member Kathie Tovo, the Council on Thursday approved an ordinance that gives additional breaks to residential utility customers having trouble paying their bills.   Supporters of the ordinance said…

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council to hash out Austin Energy issues in committee meeting

With Council Member Kathie Tovo pushing hard to gain approval of an ordinance that would offer more leeway for Austin Energy ratepayers in deep arrears on their bills, utility officials remained leery of the plan. It will all be hashed…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County finds just $4.3 million to buy flood-ravaged homes

Travis County officials say they have searched their budgets, bond programs and possibly even the couch cushions to come up with $4.3 million to buy out damaged and destroyed homes from the Halloween floods.   But it will be another…

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