Tag Archives: Austin Energy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City Council studies potential solar power deal

Austin Energy staff is set to present City Council members with a new potential 25-year community solar contract Thursday that would produce as much as 3.2 megawatts of “local” solar power for the utility. If approved, the deal would cost…

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Michael Kanin

AE offers new generation mix proposal

Austin Energy officials presented City Council members Tuesday with a new proposal for a generation mix that would approach the renewable energy numbers suggested by a July task force report.Though no solid generation plan has been presented — let alone…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Monitor Radio, show 17: Michael Osborne and Tom “Smitty” Smith

Michael Osborne and Tom “Smitty” Smith of the recent Austin Energy generation task force join Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk solar power and the future of AE generation.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Northwest candidates talk transportation, affordability

Urban planning, pod transportation and green energy peppered Tuesday’s debate among City Council candidates vying to represent District 6 in Northwest Austin. All six candidates attended the forum, hosted by the  Austin Monitor KUT News, KXAN and Univision at the…

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

AE low-income program comes at a high cost

Though there is a push to increase some parts of Austin Energy’s low-income weatherization program, there is at least one part of that program that no one was clamoring to save at Wednesday’s budget session.Activist Paul Robbins started the conversation…

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 14: Austin Energy

Mike Kanin talks with Austin Energy COO Cheryl Mele about utility operations, rates, just-passed new emissions standards and more.

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Update: Council motion to reconsider fails, business group reacts to new mandate

Late Friday afternoon, Council Member Bill Spelman asked his colleagues to reconsider their actions on a resolution by Council Member Chris Riley that instructs Austin Energy to greatly increase their renewable resources — specifically solar — and work toward eliminating…

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Riley resolution passes in chaotic Council finish

Update: An Austin Energy official told the Monitor early Friday morning that they had left Council chambers for home after Council members passed a resolution to recess the meeting until noon today.A twisting, chaotic end to Austin City Council’s Thursday…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Michael Kanin

AE officials deeply concerned over Riley resolution

Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis told the Monitor Tuesday morning that a resolution from Council Member Chris Riley would be a negative for the utility. “This IFC speaks to actually acting, to actually carrying out and acting — and…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Riley, Tovo resolutions push AE energy agenda

City Council will vote on two energy resolutions this week that would direct the City Manager to task Austin Energy with starting the process for implementing recommendations from the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force’s July report, despite the utility’s reservations…

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

AE responds to task force recommendations

Austin Energy has responded to the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force’s wish list of carbon emission goals, calling it “not workable” if the utility is to meet City Council’s yearly affordability targets.Austin Energy Deputy General Manager Cheryl Mele made…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council closing in on a final budget

City Council didn’t pull any punches at the start of Tuesday’s budget session, setting next year’s tax rate before anyone’s coffee had time to cool.Council members voted unanimously to adopt the tax rate of 48.09 cents per $100 taxable value,…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Electric Utility Commission approves AE budget

Austin residents can expect higher electric rates in the coming year, but low-income utility customers may get a few more breaks. The Austin Electric Utility Commission met Monday to approve the utility’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 and discuss ways…

Monday, August 18, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy to cut planned 2015 fee increase

Austin City Council members are studying an Austin Energy plan to lower regulatory fees in 2015, which will cut the average monthly residential bill. Utility officials floated the plan Thursday at the Council Committee on Austin Energy.Austin Energy officials say…

Friday, August 15, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council punts decision on AE reserves

The Austin City Council decided with a 4-3 vote Thursday to postpone a decision to transfer $30 million from Austin Energy’s Operating Fund to its Strategic Reserve Contingency Fund as requested by staff in order to bring the utility closer to complying…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Plan suggests shutdown of Decker power plant

The City of Austin is considering taking the Decker Creek Power Station offline in order to secure access to water from adjacent Lake Walter E. Long in the case of a future drought emergency.The idea is one of several key recommendations set forth in…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Energy pitches Council to restore its cash reserves

Austin Energy officials pressed Austin City Council members Tuesday to allow the utility to reconfigure its cash holdings to allow it to fill a series of neglected reserve funds. The move, according to utility representatives, would better position the utility…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Energy looks to get under affordability cap

Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis told the Austin Monitor Tuesday that he and utility staff are working on a proposal that would keep the utility’s FY2015 budget revenue request under a 2 percent affordability cap on potential rate increases.Weis…

Friday, August 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Energy, water utility rates top Council concerns over 2015 budget

The Austin City Council took on next year’s budget in earnest Thursday. Of the $3.5 billion budget, members’ biggest concerns continued to rest with the city’s water and energy utilities.A proposal from Austin Energy to increase the fuel charge customers…

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Bill McCann

Austin Energy now backs full collection of line extension costs

Taking a cue from City Council members, Austin Energy has shifted its position and now supports recovering the full costs of extending power lines to new customers starting in October. Utility officials plan to take the new proposal to the…

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