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Then There's This: Utilities or Food?
The poor get poorer as electric and water rates rise
"...basis – choosing between buying food or paying for utilities, or paying for utilities and foregoing medical care or..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

LCRA and Utilities Fight Over Contracts
River authority could lose half of its electric revenues
"...seen the costly departure of some of its wholesale electric power customers complicated by a dispute over the way..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Up, Up, and Away! Utilities Ready to Raise Rates
The budget gap will be plugged with rising utility rates.
"...and convention center -- and, largest among them, the utilities. And just as, over the next few years of..."

June 20, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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

Electric Power Shortage, the Fix
"...hours during 2011(17 out of 8,720 hours). The Public Utilities Commission is planning an even richer increase to $9,000/MWh..."

July 13, 2012 Postmarks

What About Universal Electric Timers?
"...Editor, In January, I accidentally overlooked paying my Austin utilities bill and in February received one for $434 (average..."

April 26, 2008 Postmarks

Energy News: New Ethanol, Electric Power Reports
One warns of unintended consequences of rapidly rolling out domestic biofuels; other focuses on energy efficiency, renewables
"...the next 15 years, Texas could meet its growing electric-power needs – without new power plants – and create..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

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.
"...Texas by the time many of the state's largest utilities are freed from government price-setting and regulation. Critics worry..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

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

Shifting the Burden
A New Day for Taxes, Electric Retail Market
"...illustration by Doug Potter Retail electric deregulation legislation was nearly D.O.A. as early in the..."

April 18, 1997 News Column by Louisa C. Brinsmade

Winds of Change
As electric industry restructuring opens utilities up to competition, some, including Austin's municipally-owned utility, are looking to renewable energy sources to win customers and meet the requirements of a 1999 law.
"...he's positively beaming. Wind-powered generators, long shunned by Texas electric utilities, are primed to break into the state's energy..."

April 21, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Like a Rose
The LCRA and Mark Rose: It's a Beautiful World
"...major issues facing Central Texas, from water supply and electricity to recreation and endangered species. And all those commodities..."

Nov. 24, 1995 News Feature

Naked City
Wind power is creating a huge buzz in Texas; but will the honeymoon last?
"...launched last spring, have outstripped Austin Energy's supply of electricity generated from wind farms and other renewable energy sources...."

Dec. 1, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Lobbying for Energy Efficiency
Coalition aims to reduce state's electricity consumption and costs through expanded utility efficiency programs
"...their brains, anyway. The coalition's aim is to reduce electricity consumption and costs through expanded utility efficiency programs –..."

June 16, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Enviros for Energy
In a recent analysis titled "What Renewable Energy Means to Texas," environmental groups announced they're whole-hog on board with the emerging renewable energy industry, especially wind power.
"...a provision for a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring electric utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their energy..."

Sept. 6, 2002 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Plug-in Hybrids Get Jump Start
House Ways and Means Committee approves first-ever federal incentive bill for plug-in vehicles
"...Big news on the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle scene this week, as the U.S. House Ways..."

July 6, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Naked City
The council approves a requirement that all matters coming to a vote include a note detailing their financial impact; Austin Energy's "competitive matters" resolution, which would keep some business matters secret, angers some local activists.
"...that would have decided the extent to which city-owned electric utility Austin Energy can lock up its books in..."

Feb. 16, 2001 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Sierra Blanca Dump Proponents Divide and Multiply
"...fleet of lawyers hired by the state's two biggest electric utilities...."

Jan. 31, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Blackouts Could Last Up to 45 Minutes
Updated information on rolling blackouts expected today
"...load from the state's grid, as ordered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas...."

Feb. 2, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Energy Efficiency One Way or Another
Wanted: new rules to ensure funding is available year-round for consumers seeking to lower their electricity use
" available year-round for consumers seeking to lower their electricity use...."

Oct. 13, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

City Hall Hustle: Milk Cows and Cash Cows
AE's uncertain future means wobbly program budgets
"...Simpson, the municipal milk's going bad at the city utilities...."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...Commission finding that beefing up energy-efficiency mandates for investor-owned electric utilities is not only feasible but would create billions..."

Dec. 19, 2008 News Feature

On the Lege: TXU Meltdown
TXU says FU, then backs down
"...protections and grant the PUC more regulatory authority over electric utilities. Another Senate bill also seeks to give the..."

April 13, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Dirty Air Update
Energy industry still running roughshod over Texas
"...them? And why, in operating these plants, are Texas utilities going to be allowed to increase our nation-leading CO2..."

Aug. 18, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

The Hightower Report
Public utility watchdogs keep close eye on corporate executives' parties; become a head honcho and get rewarded for not producing
"...the summer confab of the National Association of Regulated Utilities Commissioners. These are the folks charged with protecting you..."

Aug. 19, 2005 News Column by Jim Hightower

Naked City
Mercury emissions from power plants continue to rise in Texas, according to a new report.
"...Under new rules that went into effect when the electric utility dereg bill passed last session, Smith says, there's..."

Nov. 26, 1999 News Feature by Dan Oko

Then There's This: Clouds Over Solar
Is AE throwing shade at sun-powered energy?
"...residential solar customers who generate power that feeds the electric grid...."

Jan. 10, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

Austin Energy Wins Round One
Austin Energy fends off rate case with only minor loss
"...Austin Energy ratepayers hadn't seen an increase in their electric rates for 18 years (until City Council action last..."

March 8, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

The AE Generation Plan's Latest Monkey Wrench
Spooky, scary: Will rumors of deregulation derail Austin Energy's plan?
"...plan – and support for AE's proposal from the Electric Utility Commission, the Resource Management Com­mis­sion, and the Austin..."

Jan. 29, 2010 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Servicing the Public or Public Service?
"...include sludge disposers Merco Joint Venture, Champion International, Texas Utilities, and Union Pacific Railroad. Based on figures supplied by..."

Aug. 9, 1996 News Feature

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