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Total Utility
The pain and politics of raising electric rates as a means of controlling our destiny
"...a rate hike of the sort suggested by the utility would bury them. Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria..."

June 15, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Point Austin: Electric Shock
Austin Energy's 'regressive' proposed rate increase brings out little guys and their advocates
"...Plant No. 4, opponents often criticize the city's water utility by holding up its counterpart, Austin Energy, as an..."

Sept. 23, 2011 News Column by Amy Smith

Oh, This $20 Electric Bill Hike?
It’s on top of the other one
"...Sept. 29, City Council will consider increasing Austin Energy electric bills by about $20 per month for the average..."

Sept. 30, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Point Austin: Electric Lessons
Beneath the AE rate debate stands the strong ground of public process
"...not looking forward to a rate increase on my electric bill this fall. As Mike Kanin recounts in "Total..."

June 15, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Lege Ticker: Someone Has to Pay the Post-Storm Electric Bill
The price is right?
" do damage at the Capitol. On Tuesday, Public Utility Commission Chairman (and sole remaining member) Arthur D'Andrea was..."

March 19, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Quote of the Week: Shudde Fath
Fath resigns from the Electric Utility Commission
"...Shudde Fath, 101, resigning from her seat on the Electric Utility Commission, in a letter to City Council Member..."

Nov. 24, 2017 News Column

Naked City
Austin Energy readies a "secrecy resolution" to present to council that would allow it to conceal some of its financial information from the public. The resolution already has many consumer activists up in arms.
"...So, Austin, how much do you trust your electric utility to work on your behalf? Enough to let..."

July 14, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Then There's This: Surrendering Power
Council is poised to give up control of Austin Energy, no matter how you feel about it
"...ordinance that would transfer control of the city-owned power utility from the Council to an appointed "independent" board of..."

April 12, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
A public forum over Austin Energy's proposed "secrecy resolution," which will allow the utility to keep some financial information under wraps in response to competition, yields plenty of discussion but little agreement.
"...The steering committee for Austin Energy's so-called "utility secrecy resolution" got off to a somewhat rocky start..."

July 28, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Then There's This: Who Should Control Austin Energy?
A fast-tracked proposal poses radical changes for city-owned utility
"...have the final word on big-ticket items such as electric rates and major capital projects. Kathie Tovo and Laura..."

Feb. 15, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

The Daily Hustle: 10/18/10
Neighbors sick of the WTP4 shaft
"...fight of Spicewood Springs neighbors to keep the water utility from drilling an enormous shaft on parkland to aid..."

Oct. 18, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Then There's This …: Sound and Light
Council takes up thorny issues on land planning and utility rates
"...manner in which the administrative review process was managed." Electric Shock..."

Jan. 27, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Twisting in the Wind
Austin Energy is trying to find the right price for renewable energy – but that's much easier said than done
"...selling its latest batch of GreenChoice wind power, the utility announced plans to significantly lower the price, a proposal..."

Aug. 21, 2009 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

AE Rate Hike Opponents Say 'Do It Over'
Opponents say Austin Energy's proposal is 'upside-down and backwards'
"...On Tuesday, less than a week after the Electric Utility Commission narrowly approved an electric rate increase –..."

Oct. 28, 2011 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Utilities' estimates of stranded costs associated with deregulation are coming in, and they're far higher than the figures originally provided to the Texas Legislature when the law was being approved.
"...and you could be talking about the outlook for utility deregulation, a complex and sometimes yawn-inducing topic that will..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Then There's This: A Victory for Activists?
Council may retain oversight of Austin Energy
" which Council would retain its powers over the utility while taking a more conservative approach to delegating authority..."

May 17, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Species List. They join the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, which voted last month to intervene in the case..."

Jan. 31, 1997 News Feature

Un-FAIR Deal
Corporate Customers Demand Cheaper Energy
" Doug Potter It's cryptic. It's complex. It's the electric industry, and with deregulation now considered a certainty, it's..."

Jan. 24, 1997 News Column by Alex de Marban

City Hall Hustle: Milk Cows and Cash Cows
AE's uncertain future means wobbly program budgets
"...With apologies to federal "Cat Food Commission" chair Alan Simpson, the municipal milk's going bad at..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
Austin Energy's attempt to shut close its books to the public will be considered by city council September.
"...and focus groups, is all the information Austin's citizen-owned electric utility will make available to the public -- unless..."

Sept. 1, 2000 News Feature

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...creation of a governing board to manage the city's Electric Utility Dept. But the council has dragged its feet..."

Nov. 22, 1996 News Feature

Roger Duncan's Night Visions
Austin Energy's GM invites us to wrestle with the conundrum of clean energy
"...for the most mind-bending challenges faced by the city-owned utility as it strives, in a rapidly shifting global landscape,..."

Oct. 24, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Pioneers or Settlers?
Balancing renewables and affordability at AE
"...bold recommendation to Austin Energy, the city's municipally owned utility. Charged with the task of translating stakeholder input into..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Naked City
Off The Desk:
"...against FM Properties by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for polluting Barton Creek ... -- R.B...."

Sept. 18, 1998 News Feature

The Players
The utility, the appellants, and the intervenors
"...Austin Energy The city-owned utility that raised electric rates. Key representatives are Mark Dreyfus,..."

March 8, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

The LCRA and the City
A Match Made in Heaven, or Hell
"...the city a good spanking at the Texas Water Commission. Now the two are in the midst of an..."

Nov. 24, 1995 News Feature

A Cacophony of Passions
Why the City Council changed the boards and commissions system – and what still needs to be done
"...for transparency as council modifies the city's boards and commissions system – explains in a nutshell why Austin maintains..."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

"...making it is they simply aren't very good, especially electric rock/alt bands...."

Dec. 19, 1997 Column

Termagant Homosexuals...
"...local opportunities. It is a cycle of local political futility. And if all goes as usual, a place in..."

May 23, 1997 Column

Big, Contentious Austin Energy Rate Hike Finally Arrives at Council
Power for the people?
"...the first time since 2017. Back then, the city-owned utility gave customers a discount; this time, it wants to..."

Nov. 25, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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