Solar Austin Happy Hour: A town hall meeting regarding Austin Energy Governance

We’ve moved our Happy Hour location to the 29th Street Ballroom at Spiderhouse (2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX.).

 

Where:  Spiderhouse, 29th Street Ballroom

When:   Wednesday, March 20.  HH start at 6:30 pm, Discussion starts at 7 pm

Please RSVP

Please join us for what may be the first but hopefully will not be the last advertised venue for public discussion of changes to Austin Energy Governance.

austin city hall

City Council is proposing creation of a new board that will have hiring and spending authority. We will provide some overview of the issue and then invite attendees to share their questions and opinions with the group. We intend to have persons on hand who can answer questions, share experience regarding CPS (which has a board structure similar to the one proposed), and share perspective on the purported goals of the change.

AE Service Area

Who joins the board and how?  What are the implications for the solar industry,  the progressive programs that have earned AE national recognition, and the utility’s relationship to the city and its ultimate owners – its citizens?

A new body that can set policy and influence rates merits as much or more discussion than the rates themselves.   Please RSVP

Supporting Materials, posted on the City of Austin’s City Council Meeting Agenda
#41:  Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to prepare a comparative report evaluating the performance of both Texas and national public utilities that are governed in whole or in part by an independent board, both individually and with respect to Austin Energy’s performance and policy goals.

For reference:  Austin American-Statesman editorial from March 5, 2013

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