Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Bill McCann

EUC advocates major policy change on line extensions

Taking a cue from the Austin City Council’s recent action to increase fees for hooking up new water and wastewater service, the city’s Electric Utility Commission has voted to ask the City Council to take similar action for extending new…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Bill McCann

Electric cars see jump-start in Austin

With a predicted 300 percent jump in the number of plug-in electric cars taking to the road over the past year, Austin continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in this clean-running form of transportation.   While the numbers…

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

LCRA board votes to raise drought trigger to rice farmers’ dismay

A bitterly divided Lower Colorado River Authority Board voted Tuesday to change the drought trigger to 1.1 million acre-feet for lakes Travis and Buchanan. That means that unless combined storage improves significantly by March 1, downstream farmers will again go…

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council split over plan to give delinquent utility ratepayers more time

Council Members Kathie Tovo and Laura Morrison want to give delinquent Austin Energy ratepayers who participate in the utility’s Customer Assistance Program additional leeway in paying their bills. Their proposal met with some resistance from Mayor Lee Leffingwell and utility…

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Bill McCann

Austin Energy plans major push on energy app

Austin Energy is getting ready to take a big leap forward in a program aimed at encouraging customers to save energy and money by signing up to get free updates of their electricity use, including email and text alerts when…

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council panel reveals early list of Google Connections finalists

Members of the Council’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee Wednesday offered a preliminary list of finalists for the Google Community Connections program. If eventually approved by the full Council — and OK’d by Google – those entities that remain on…

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