Tag Archives: Austin Energy

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Explainer: The Austin Energy-CoA funds transfer

The Explainer takes a deeper look at stories we have been following. This week, we tackle the annual transfer from Austin Energy to the City of Austin’s General Fund.The annual transfer of what has historically been many millions of dollars…

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin Energy payments to city keep growing

Even though City Council froze the transfer from Austin Energy to the city’s general fund at $105 million in 2012, the amount the utility pays for support services has continued to grow. For the current fiscal year, the utility will…

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council debates deregulation of Austin Energy

When it comes to Austin Energy, there is one word that always stirs up debate. That word is “deregulation.”City Council held a policy workshop with Austin Energy management, stakeholders and policy advocates Monday on the myriad issues associated with the…

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Robbins working to fix AE assistance program

Consumer advocate Paul Robbins is visiting City Council members this week in an attempt to explain to them the problems with the Austin Energy Customer Assistance Program, known as CAP.The program, which was designed to help economically disadvantaged electric customers…

Friday, January 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zimmerman establishes pole position

As one of their first acts as a body, City Council members examined, then approved, a routine contract for up to $10 million of steel poles for Austin Energy.Council Member Don Zimmerman pulled the proposed contract with TransAmerican Power Products,…

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy to clarify gas plant study request

Austin Energy will update its call for consultants to conduct an independent study of a proposed gas plant and renewable alternatives, following a Monday request from the Electric Utility Commission.Gage Loots, supervising senior buyer for the utility’s purchasing office, told…

Monday, December 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

2014: An Austin Monitor review

This past year was a dynamic one in Austin, and though the future promises to be just as interesting, at the close of 2014 we invite you to take a trip back over the past 12 months. Though a lot…

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

EUC wants ‘fair shake’ in gas plant study

After much discussion about the scope of work for an independent review of Austin Energy’s proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant, the Electric Utility Commission voted Monday to organize a working group and provide the utility with official comments by Jan.…

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council approves 2025 Austin Energy gen plan

Following a several-months-long stakeholder process, City Council approved an update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan with goals to 2025 for the new Council to take charge of next year.Council members made several amendments before adopting…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

AE staff, stakeholders agree on gas plant review

Just in time for Council to consider it before the end of the year, Austin Energy and the environmental and business communities have cleared what appears to be the last hurdle of the 2025 energy generation resource plan.Austin Energy staff…

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council mulls future of Austin Energy Committee

City Council members and Austin Energy staff had a candid discussion about the future of the Council Committee on Austin Energy at its last meeting with current membership, with both parties agreeing that the meetings have been very beneficial to…

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Austin Energy, activists agree on generation plan

After three months of intense negotiations, officials with the city’s electric utility and members of environmental groups — including, most prominently, the Sierra Club — have reached agreement on a proposed 2025 generation plan for Austin Energy.That plan includes ramping…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council to consider new utility debt policy

City Council will likely consider a new utility debt policy soon, after learning from staff that customers have accrued about $76 million in electricity debt alone, mostly over the past three years.Staff also reported that customers owe more than $21…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Gene Davis

AE proposes rate change to improve value of solar

At Monday’s Electric Utility Commission meeting, Austin Energy officials presented a rate change that promises to create greater stability in the compensation of residential customers for the value of electricity generated by their solar units.The rate change is part of…

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy works to increase ECAD compliance

The city’s Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure ordinance went fully into effect this year, and Austin Energy staff say they are happy with the program’s progress and optimistic about its future.City Council adopted the ordinance in 2008 to keep property…

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Reporters Notebook: Last dance with Austin Energy

Current Council to get one more shot at Austin Energy . . . For those of you worried that the days of the current Council Committee on Austin Energy had ended: Fear not. The committee plans to have another meeting…

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Decker decommissioning faces complex hurdles

A key Austin Energy reserve fund that would be used to pay for the potential decommissioning of the Decker Lake gas generation plant has no money that could be used in that effort, according to Austin Energy.Utility spokesman Carlos Cordova told…

Monday, October 13, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin Energy to operate community solar project

Austinites who want to use solar power but cannot install solar panels will soon be able to draw from a community pool of solar energy.A new project to be operated by Austin Energy will allow electric customers who cannot afford…

Friday, October 10, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Skeptical Council hears new AE generation plan

Despite disagreements over exactly how much solar energy Austin Energy should purchase by 2020, both sides in a tug of war over the utility’s generation plan agreed Thursday that Austin Energy should move forward with a request for proposals for…

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Water bills to get increased scrutiny after audit

The City Auditor’s Office has found that the customer billing system that generates the City of Austin’s combined utility bills does not routinely scrutinize the readings on the majority of water bills, leading to the possibility of overcharges. for nine…

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