Tag Archives: Austin Energy

Friday, July 19, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy plans to purchase more wind energy

The Electric Utility Commission unanimously recommended the approval of a new energy contract that would bring Austin Energy’s percentage of renewable energy up to 61 percent by the middle of 2021. That is only 4 percentage points below the City…

Monday, July 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council denies request for mobile energy community center

City Council rejected a costly Austin Energy mobile outreach program in June that would have acted as a “community center” on wheels for customers to learn about energy programs offered by the utility.Austin Energy currently uses two sport utility vehicles…

Friday, May 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Energy says Decker employees will be prepared for transition

Belated plans to decommission two aging steam turbines at Decker Creek Power Station have brought into question the futures of the estimated 39 employees who will be out of work when the last steam unit shuts down in late 2021.In…

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Auditor says Austin Energy employee accepted utility poles from vendor

Investigators in the Office of the City Auditor have released a report showing that an Austin Energy supervisor asked for and received favors from a city vendor early last year.In the report, which was released Monday, an investigation found evidence…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Should natural gas be a required secondary fuel source?

Even as the city strives to reach net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Energy Code for Austin still, with some exceptions, requires the use of natural gas for water heating when a residential building is constructed adjacent to…

Friday, April 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Energy buys biomass plant for $460M

Austin Energy will, in fact, be purchasing the Nacogdoches Generating Facility for $460 million. Buying the East Texas biomass power plant is the city-owned utility’s way out of a controversial $2.3 billion contract that has been under intense scrutiny over…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Jack Craver

Contractors cry foul over changes to Austin Energy’s weatherization program

Why is Austin Energy spending so much less on its weatherization program than in the past? The answer depends on whom you ask.In the 2017 fiscal year, the utility spent $1.6 million on a long-standing program that offers free weatherization…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City electric water heating restrictions not plugged in to affordability, climate reality

The Joint Sustainability Committee is asking the city to reconsider an outdated prohibition on electric water heating as part of the upcoming code rewrite process. The committee passed a resolution Feb. 27 claiming the prohibition is a barrier to affordability…

Monday, January 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy considers scams, rising home values in changes to assistance programs

The city-owned electric utility Austin Energy has been a national leader over the past 30 years in helping customers lower their electric bills through energy efficiency programs.In addition to helping customers of all income levels cut costs by reducing their…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy tries to encourage Austinites to buy electric cars

Last week, the city of Austin was awarded a coveted $2.5 million grant from a foundation funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pursue a number of environmental initiatives focused on energy efficiency and green transportation.While the Transportation…

Friday, January 11, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy employee accused of fraud found to be ‘not in violation’

After three hours of discussion surrounding the definition of “intent” in application to fraud, the Ethics Review Commission found Curtis Graves, Austin Energy’s former superintendent of system operations, not in violation of city code by virtue of three votes.“You are…

Friday, January 4, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Auditors find misuse of city resources

An Austin Energy employee suspected of driving intoxicated in a deadly crash misused his city vehicle by driving to locations outside the scope of his work and misused work time to hunt on city property, according to an investigative report…

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Budget amendment means new $150M Austin Energy HQ at Mueller

Austin Energy will move its offices on Barton Springs Road to a new headquarters at the Mueller development in North Austin, a move that is expected to save the city roughly $1 million per year.Last week City Council unanimously approved…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy’s new chief operations officer ‘proud’ of first-year results

At Austin Energy, successful operations begin with safety. With a growing city and a growing need for electric services, Austin Energy has begun to internally push its “Safety Starts With Me” campaign in an effort to reduce the number of…

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy finishes the year with $50.5M in excess revenue, lower bills for customers

After weathering an erratic Electric Reliability Council of Texas market this summer, Austin Energy finished the year in a financially stable position with extra revenue that will be passed on to the public in the coming year.According to Mark Dombroski,…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy discusses how to resolve repercussions of water bill fiasco

It has been over a year since the water bill saga first made headlines in Austin. However, only now are city utilities releasing a post-mortem report designed to help them avoid a similar situation in the future.While the report that…

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…

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