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Tag Archives: Electric Utility Commission

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy troubled by hiring concerns

City jobs are notorious for having a prolonged hiring process. However, at Austin Energy, the process has become excruciatingly long, even by its own standards, and it’s starting to have repercussions.At the April 16 Electric Utility Commission meeting, Mark Dombroski, who…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy’s last employee returns from Puerto Rico

At 6:30 p.m. on April 16, Paul Vasquez, the superintendent of system operations at Austin Energy, announced at the Electric Utility Commission meeting that Austin Energy’s last employee had returned from the disaster reparation efforts that Austin had participated in…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioner rocks the boat with concerns about security of Austin Energy software contract

Several years ago, Austin Energy found itself “over a barrel” due to an underbid and underdelivered contract awarded to IBM to create new system software that would bridge Austin Energy’s meters and its billing system. Now one member of the…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water still repairing shattered trust with water bill smoothing

After months of investigation, Austin Water and Austin Energy have an answer for the unusual spikes that Austinites saw in their water bills last September.Although Austin Water responded and changed its meter-reading contractor after the rash of misreads came to…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Phantom water bill charges remain an unsolved mystery at Austin Water

For several years, water bills have been mysteriously spiking and leaving homeowners clutching their wallets and demanding answers. However, even when the public came en masse to plead that the Electric Utility Commission demand answers from city staff after the…

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Electric Utility Commission recommends purchase of more solar power

Austin has a herculean trial ahead of itself as it tries to reach 65 percent renewable energy by 2027. Thankfully, one new proposed project may make that goal achievable.Despite making up only 4 percent of the Electric Reliability Council of…

Friday, November 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fath retiring from Electric Utility Commission

After 40 years of fighting for consumers and small businesses on Austin’s Electric Utility Commission, Shudde Fath this week announced her resignation.Fath, who is often referred to as the grande dame of Austin’s environmental movement, is 101 years old and…

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin risking federal sanctions over ozone levels

Despite a rapidly rising population, Austin’s air is significantly less polluted than it was 20 years ago.In a presentation to the Electric Utility Commission on Monday, Andrew Hoekzema, director of regional services at the Capital Area Council of Governments, said…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Use your judgment

Judge judging the judge… It seems not everyone is a fan of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s iron-fisted management of Travis County Commissioners Court meetings. Her refusal last week to allow Commissioner Jeff Travillion to interject a question in the middle…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Austin Energy rebate to help renters

The Electric Utility Commission approved a rebate for the Lodge at Stone Oak Ranch apartment complex on April 17. The rebate, requested by Austin Energy, is meant to help fund energy-efficiency improvements at the complex.The proposed rebate is one element…

Monday, March 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Austin Energy struggles to fill vacancies with outdated hiring process

Facing a wave of retirement over the next three to five years, Austin Energy urgently needs to revamp its hiring approach, staff told the Electric Utility Commission at its March 20 meeting.“We do very passive recruiting here,” said Chief Financial…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Holly Power Plant to be officially decommissioned in August, staff reports

Remnants of the Holly Street Power Plant still stand in East Austin, bitter reminders of a facility that spread pollution to nearby residents, but Austin Energy staff assured the Electric Utility Commission at its March 20 meeting that the decommissioning…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

New city contract: ‘death knell’ for private dumpster services?

Bob Gregory, CEO of Texas Disposal Systems, and his son Adam Gregory sounded the alarm at Monday’s Electric Utility Commission meeting concerning the pending authorization of a 36-month city contract with Republic Services, or another qualified bidder, to provide dumpster…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Task force to update Austin Energy’s environmental plans

Austin Energy is gearing up for another update to the “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025,” the document first approved by City Council in 2007 that outlines how the city-owned utility intends to change in the…

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

City on course to add 330 electric vehicles by 2020

The city of Austin’s vehicle fleet appears likely to see a large infusion of electric vehicles in the coming years, as part of the city’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The target of Austin Energy and the fleet…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Jack Craver

AE proposes raising residential service charge

The independent consumer advocate that the city hired to represent the interests of Austin residents and small businesses as it reviews electricity rates is crying foul. John Coffman, who heads the advocate team, accuses Austin Energy, the city-owned utility, of…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Jack Craver

Updated: Austin Energy puts new gas plant on hold

Austin Energy has put a hold on plans to construct a massive new natural gas plant, to the delight of environmental activists.The utility has determined that the estimated $500 million investment in a new plant would likely be a bad…

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jack Craver

Consumer advocate: Austin Energy should lower rates for residents

Austin Energy should lower electricity rates for average Austinites, says the independent consumer advocate hired by the city to respond to the rates proposed by the city-owned utility.In testimony Monday to the Electric Utility Commission, Clarence Johnson, the expert witness…

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Controversial pilot energy programs don’t make it far

Austin Energy planned to run three pilot programs this year aimed at finding new ways for the city’s ratepayers to pay for electricity, but so far those programs haven’t gained much traction.One of the programs was designed to test the…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy has wire problems

Austin Energy’s poles are overcrowding.Providers of telephone, cable and internet services have a right under state law to attach their wires to city-owned utility poles (at a nominal $10 fee), but a dramatic increase in the number of attachments in…

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