Tag Archives: Resource Generation and Climate Protection Plan

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Council approves update to Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan

In spite of a slew of public speakers requesting that City Council postpone a vote on the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection plan due to a lack of public engagement, Council voted to approve the update to the…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Jack Craver

Environmentalists swarm City Hall in push for carbon-free electricity

In what was clearly the largest turnout for a City Council meeting yet this year, hundreds of activists showed up at City Hall Thursday night to speak out on Austin Energy’s proposed update to its resource plan.Following a rally in…

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…

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…

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, November 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Consultant endorses gas plant after study

Navigant Consulting, which the city hired to review the 500 megawatt natural gas plant proposed in the Austin Energy generation plan, has recommended the project.Dan Bradley and Matt Tanner, two of the report’s authors, presented the results at an Electric…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Monitor Radio, show 17: Michael Osborne and Tom “Smitty” Smith

Michael Osborne and Tom “Smitty” Smith of the recent Austin Energy generation task force join Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk solar power and the future of AE generation.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 14: Austin Energy

Mike Kanin talks with Austin Energy COO Cheryl Mele about utility operations, rates, just-passed new emissions standards and more.

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Update: Council motion to reconsider fails, business group reacts to new mandate

Late Friday afternoon, Council Member Bill Spelman asked his colleagues to reconsider their actions on a resolution by Council Member Chris Riley that instructs Austin Energy to greatly increase their renewable resources — specifically solar — and work toward eliminating…

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Riley resolution passes in chaotic Council finish

Update: An Austin Energy official told the Monitor early Friday morning that they had left Council chambers for home after Council members passed a resolution to recess the meeting until noon today.A twisting, chaotic end to Austin City Council’s Thursday…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Michael Kanin

AE officials deeply concerned over Riley resolution

Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis told the Monitor Tuesday morning that a resolution from Council Member Chris Riley would be a negative for the utility. “This IFC speaks to actually acting, to actually carrying out and acting — and…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Riley, Tovo resolutions push AE energy agenda

City Council will vote on two energy resolutions this week that would direct the City Manager to task Austin Energy with starting the process for implementing recommendations from the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force’s July report, despite the utility’s reservations…

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

AE responds to task force recommendations

Austin Energy has responded to the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force’s wish list of carbon emission goals, calling it “not workable” if the utility is to meet City Council’s yearly affordability targets.Austin Energy Deputy General Manager Cheryl Mele made…

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…

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…

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.  …

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Bill McCann

Consultant says doubling city’s solar goal do-able but expensive

Should Austin double its already ambitious solar energy goal?   It’s a question that has begun to get renewed attention from solar advocates, environmentalists, utility officials and others following a year-old recommendation by the City Council-appointed Local Solar Advisory Committee…

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