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.
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.