Tag Archives: Electric Utility Commission

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…

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Pressure mounts to change demand charge policy

As City Council comes closer to adopting the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, members of the public are stepping up their requests for amendments. One such push reached a turning point last week when the Electric Utility Commission passed…

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Jack Craver

ZAP also suffers from lack of legal input, says commissioner

Planning Commissioners aren’t the only people at City Hall grumbling about the city law department.Jackie Goodman, a former mayoral candidate and former longtime Austin City Council member who is now vice chair of the Zoning and Platting Commission, said she…

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council urged to change “demand charges”

Austin Energy is scheduled to present to City Council today a process for conducting a new cost-of-service study.Among the many things that Council will be asked to consider in reviewing Austin Energy rates is whether to lower or eliminate what…

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman appointments given a rough ride

Following their rejection of two of Council Member Don Zimmerman’s nominees to city commissions, City Council members narrowly approved his appointment to the Historic Landmark Commission Thursday.However, they did not have to go through the painful process of removing Zimmerman’s…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

AE to seek new solar contracts by mid-April

Since City Council adopted a set of goals last year that will shape Austin’s future energy portfolio, most discussion has focused on how to fill a 500-megawatt power gap in the plan. This week, the focus shifted to a goal…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

EUC pushes for generation plan’s solar component

The Electric Utility Commission passed a resolution Monday urging that City Council direct Austin Energy to issue a request for proposal for 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar energy by April 15.“I feel like Austin Energy, in making their agreement to…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council OKs measure to have Austin Energy collect all line fees

The Austin City Council unanimously Thursday approved an item that directs Austin Energy officials to collect full reimbursement for the cost of line extensions. The measure, long supported by veteran Electric Utility Commissioner Shudde Fath, would allow the utility to…

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, March 28, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council, EUC fill most seats on city’s Generation Plan Task Force

Austin City Council members and their appointees on the city’s Electric Utility Commission Thursday filled the majority of the seats on a task force set up to complete the first review of Austin Energy’s 2010 Generation Plan. That document, a…

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council backs creation of new power generation task force

City Council members Thursday approved the creation of a new Austin generation planning task force. The group, as yet unnamed, will “examine and make recommendations regarding the 2014 update to Austin Energy’s current Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan.” Council…

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…

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Bill McCann

EUC rejects bid to join battle over reduced value of solar rate

While solar advocates continue to be upset over Austin Energy’s decision to reduce a rate used to compensate residential customers for the value of electricity generated by their solar units, the Electric Utility Commission has decided against joining the fight.…

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