Tag Archives: Austin Energy

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…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Bill McCann

Austin Energy to build $67 million office building in East Riverside area

Facing continued cramped quarters and a big-dollar lease, Austin Energy officials say they hope next week to take a major step toward construction of a new office building for the city’s electric utility.   Austin Energy officials plan to ask…

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Some Austin Energy commercial customers get surprise in their bill

A newly instituted and complex rate structure has led to headaches for Austin Energy executives as well as a number of the utility’s commercial customers.   At Thursday’s Council Committee on Austin Energy,AE General Manager Larry Weis and Chief Financial…

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Bill McCann

Activists ramp up campaign for renewables and against fossil fuels

As Austin Energy begins to update its energy plan, local solar and environmental advocates have ramped up their three-year campaign to get the City of Austin to invest even more in renewable energy and to pull the plug on coal.…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Bill McCann

Solar project draws praise at Generation Plan hearing

Solar energy advocates were still buzzing Monday at the recent news that Austin Energy has negotiated a 25-year contract to buy up to 150 megawatts of solar-generated electricity at a price that is among the lowest ever.   A number…

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Bill McCann

New wind-power agreement is Austin Energy’s cheapest

A wind-power purchase agreement going to the City Council Thursday for approval will not only allow Austin Energy to reach a key renewable energy goal four years ahead of time, it will be the cheapest wind energy the utility has…

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Bill McCann

Renewable energy pioneer retires from Austin Energy

Michael Osborne, long-time entrepreneur, author, and renewable-energy pioneer in Texas, is turning another page in his storied career.   Over the past four decades, Osborne has built energy-friendly homes; developed the first wind farm in Texas; helped form the Texas…

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Bill McCann

Austin Energy backs retiring city’s share of Fayette plant in 2025

Shifting position on the Fayette Power Project, Austin Energy has recommended retiring, rather than selling, its share of the controversial coal-burning plant.   The recommendation calls for the city to establish a shut-down date of 2025, nearly a decade later…

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Energy willing to consider changes in solar incentive program

Austin Energy officials Tuesday told members of the Austin City Council’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee that they are willing to explore changes in the city’s solar incentive program that could allow utility solar customers to roll over credits for surplus…

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Bill McCann

Memo cites major legal hurdles for city to get out of coal plant

The City of Austin faces formidable legal hurdles and potentially significant costs if the City Council decides to sell or shut down the city’s share of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project, according to a new city Law Department memo.  …

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Morrison calls Austin Energy governance debate top 2013 issue

Though, in her estimation, it “wasn’t so much an event as it was a long, drawn out conversation,” Council Member Laura Morrison puts the Austin Energy governance discussions toward the top of her list of major 2013 events.   She…

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…

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 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…

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