Michael Webber, an energy expert who holds four patents and several posts at the University of Texas, was recently asked to explain a complex Austin Energy problem in simple terms. He settled on a particularly colorful metaphor.

Imagine, Webber said, that the city-owned electric utility is a drug pusher. The more it sells, the better the business does. But life gets complicated when the pusher decides to wean the customers off the product that funds the operation, for the sake of making the neighborhood cleaner and healthier.

Read the full article at the Austin American-Statesman.