When the Austin City Council finally agrees on how much to raise electric rates possibly as soon as June 7 a contentious, 2 1/2-year saga will come to a close. But another debate is likely to follow: Who should run Austin Energy?
Three City Council members plan to put that question to their peers. Though the city-owned utility has shouldered much of the blame for what critics say has been an unacceptable rate proposal and unproductive debate over it, there is a sense among some in City Hall and elsewhere that inattention by council members led to many of the problems.
Find the entire article at the Austin American-Statesman.
Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.