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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy gears up to ‘repower downtown’

As Austin grows, so must its utility.Austin Energy plans a nine-figure investment over the next eight years on improvements to its system of substations and transmission lines.In a presentation Wednesday to the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, AE officials showed…

Monday, November 27, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Changes in the Texas wholesale energy grid may increase prices

In August 2017, City Council made a commitment to providing 65 percent renewable energy to its residents by 2027. This aggressive energy plan is, according to Robert Cullick, director of communications and marketing at Austin Energy, the only one of…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Energy efficiency rebates not impacting rent 

The Austin Energy MultiFamily Rebate Program was launched in 1991, but only since 2013 has it been the focus of a data tracking initiative with the aim of investigating the possible effects of participation on rental prices.Liz Jambor, a data…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Austin residents push for more aggressive energy goal

A number of concerned citizens gathered to speak at the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee meeting Monday morning to express their frustration with Austin Energy’s updated Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan.While the updated plan, which was written by a…

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy defends demand charge for small biz

Shudde Fath, the legendary advocate for ratepayers, wants Austin Energy to change the way it charges certain small businesses for their electricity.In a January letter to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members, the longtime member of the Electric Utility…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

City utilities devise plan to help with unpaid bills

Austin’s two city-owned utilities are teaming up to help some of the city’s most indebted customers catch up on unpaid bills.Beginning this summer, the joint effort between Austin Energy and Austin Water will target 543 customers who participate in AE’s…

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy makes good on energy efficiency goals

Austin Energy officials say the city-owned utility is making good on a lot of the ambitious energy efficiency goals set out for it in the Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan approved by City Council in December 2014.Thirty-one percent of…

Friday, December 2, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Oversight committee discusses making city carbon-free by 2030

“Can Austin be a carbon-free energy city by 2030?” was one of the more prominent questions up for debate Wednesday as the City Council’s Energy Utility Oversight Committee got its first update on the 10-year road map for Austin Energy’s…

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy gears up for smarter smart meters

Nearly a decade after rolling out smart meters for all of its electric customers, Austin Energy is planning another citywide meter upgrade.At a Monday meeting of the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, AE General Manager Jackie Sargent told City Council…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Jack Craver

City to consider new building standards to encourage efficiency, solar power

The city of Austin is poised to update its energy code to comply with the latest edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. “It’s really very, very modest,” said Debbie Kimberly, vice president of customer energy solutions for Austin Energy,…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Jack Craver

Federal grant offers Austin chance to be leader in solar energy storage

Staff at Austin’s city-run utility is using millions of dollars of federal funds to explore new energy storage methods that will allow utility customers to receive more of their energy from renewable sources, particularly solar power.Austin Energy is one of…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Expert outlines AE cost-of-service recovery options

As City Council deliberates over changing electricity rates, it is tasked not only with deciding how much to change rates for residential and commercial customers of the city-owned utility but with deciding whether the city should change the way it…

Monday, February 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Recommendations aimed at reducing energy costs for poor move to Council

City Council is a step closer to acting on a series of recommendations made by a task force aimed at reducing energy costs for poor and near-poor Austinites.But Carol Biedrzycki, who chaired the Low Income Consumer Advisory Task Force and…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

AE to Council: Cut commercial customers’ rates

Mark Dreyfus, Austin Energy’s vice president of Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Communications, told City Council on Monday that the utility’s proposed new rates are a “good news story.” The utility’s proposal seeks to reduce base electric rates by $17.4 million…

Friday, December 4, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Committee backs low-income energy savings ideas

Low-income Austin Energy customers may receive some additional help in lowering their bills in coming years, based on a recommendation that a City Council committee made on Thursday.The Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, which consists of the full Council but…

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Talk with EUC chair ends consumer advocate bid

The city’s purchasing officer has disqualified the sole remaining bidder on a contract to act as the consumer advocate in Austin Energy’s upcoming rate review. City Purchasing Officer James Scarboro informed the mayor and City Council about the disqualification of…

Friday, October 23, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy committee considers new tariff

City Council appears to be moving closer to deciding how to charge Austin Energy’s two largest industrial customers, an issue it has grappled with since May. Convened as the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, Council heard a presentation Thursday from…

Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Debate heats up over solar energy contracts

There is a solar energy tug-of-war taking place at City Hall.Amid calls from solar advocates for the city to quickly procure 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar energy, Austin Energy will propose to City Council at an Oct. 1 meeting that…

Friday, August 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council committee asks for ambitious solar plan

Solar advocates have scored a minor victory in their push for Austin to invest heavily in solar energy and to do it fast.The Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee recommended Thursday that City Council direct staff to bring a plan forward…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City gears up for energy cost-of-service study

As the city prepares to study how much it costs to run Austin Energy in order to have new electric rates ready for the fall of next year, there are many questions ahead. City Council and staff discussed what the…

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