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Tag Archives: Austin Energy

Friday, October 26, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

As temperatures increase, investment in renewables is already shaving dollars off Austin utility bills

Despite summer 2018 being one of the hottest on record in Austin, energy prices did not spike with the temperature. Instead, energy costs for customers this summer were identical to those of summer 2017, even though temperatures were higher this…

Friday, October 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy: Storage is the next hurdle to Austin’s renewable energy plan

The big conundrum facing energy utilities today is how to balance supply and demand for every second of every day. Although there are debates around the subject, the answer, albeit simple, seems to lie with storage.In the Austin Energy Resource,…

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Jo Clifton

AE seeks code change to support fast car charging

Austin Energy estimates that there were 5,873 electric plug-in vehicles in its service territory as of Sept. 30. Karl Popham, AE’s manager for electric vehicles and emerging technologies, told City Council during Tuesday’s work session that about 85 percent of…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Property taxes, Austin Energy top city’s worry list

Once again, the city of Austin, along with other large Texas cities, will face a grueling task as the 2019 legislative session begins in January.Intergovernmental Relations Officer Brie Franco told City Council during Tuesday’s work session that she and the…

Monday, October 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy proposes local solar farm

In spite of the tremendous appetite for renewable energy in Austin, the city doesn’t offer many opportunities to build the kind of large-scale wind and solar farms necessary to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.“It’s an issue of land,” explained Khalil…

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission pushes Austin Energy for info on retiree’s overtime case

An Austin Energy retiree who is being investigated for allegedly misusing his sick and vacation time will get more evidence from his former employer to possibly contest the city’s case against him.The Ethics Review Commission voted 9-0 last week to…

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

An update on the Fayette Power Plant reveals no news, inspires working group

Almost five years ago, Council recommended that Austin Energy retire its portion of the Fayette Power Plant, which is run on coal, by 2022. Despite intense pressure from environmentalists to move that date up, the city utility is sticking to…

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy shifts money away from apartment weatherization program

Every year, Austin Energy pays contractors to make apartment buildings more energy-efficient. They put in place new duct sealant, solar screens and attic insulation, which helps tenants reduce their energy consumption and lower their utility bills.This year, however, the city-owned…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Final hearing scheduled for fraudulent vacation time case

After retiring in June of last year, Curtis Graves, a former superintendent of system operations at Austin Energy, found out that he was under investigation for his use of vacation and sick time by both Austin Energy’s internal Human Resources…

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite water bill debacle, Austin’s utility customer service rating remains unharmed

The wounds that last fall’s water bill catastrophe left behind had the potential to open up once again as Austin Energy reviewed its customer service ratings and presented the findings at the July 16 meeting of the Electric Utility Commission.“Didn’t we…

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Where are Austin Energy’s generation metrics?

For three years, the Electric Utility Commission has not received an annual performance report from Austin Energy. Concerned about the lack of the familiar financial and operational reporting format, Commissioner Michael Osborne has repeatedly discussed its merits and requested its…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners: Water bills should be overseen by Austin Water

Following the water bill fiasco from last fall, Austin Energy and Austin Water teamed up on a working group to uncover the puzzling reasons behind the unusual spikes.Although the group started off with one question, Commissioner Mickey Maia reported back…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s electric vehicle programming is revving up

Thanks to the city’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and Austin Energy’s commitment to adding 330 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020, Travis County recently passed Harris and Dallas counties and now has more electric vehicles than either. Now…

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Council-mandated energy studies have already quietly begun

After clamoring from the public and a push from the Electric Utility Commission last month to have Austin Energy come back with the scopes of work for the list of required studies included in City Council’s ambitious renewable energy plan,…

Monday, June 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Don’t speak

Once more, away from the breach… For decades, those who work with digital data have learned to encrypt it in defense against potential breaches. Unfortunately, according to Khalil Shalabi, Austin Energy vice president of strategy, technology and markets, data protection…

Friday, June 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

EUC asks Austin Energy to begin planning Council-mandated energy studies

It’s been nine months since City Council passed its ambitious renewable energy plan that requires Austin Energy to push to have 65 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2027 and to create models that would show what…

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy financials show revenue is coming from the really rich and the really poor

Austin Energy hit the nail on the head in the second quarter with its actual financial expenditures and income tracking almost exactly to the numbers that it forecast.Even with eight out of 10 City Council districts using below the system…

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy troubled by hiring concerns

City jobs are notorious for having a prolonged hiring process. However, at Austin Energy, the process has become excruciatingly long, even by its own standards, and it’s starting to have repercussions.At the April 16 Electric Utility Commission meeting, Mark Dombroski, who…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy’s last employee returns from Puerto Rico

At 6:30 p.m. on April 16, Paul Vasquez, the superintendent of system operations at Austin Energy, announced at the Electric Utility Commission meeting that Austin Energy’s last employee had returned from the disaster reparation efforts that Austin had participated in…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Community solar farm and batteries test power of Austin’s electric grid

One of the remarkable things about the La Loma community solar farm is where it’s located. Just east of Airport Boulevard, and a short drive to downtown, it’s the type of place you’d expect to see new homes going up.“There’s…

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