update Austin’s #Affordable Energy Resolution rolled back BUT bldng NG power plant is at least 5 years away!

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Prayer portion preps their victory at the beginning of the evening….

Update 2016 they pushed the idea back 5 years due to low energy pricing

austin gas flop


SAD UPDATE  Dec 2014…It looks like a gas plant could be in the works after all…but they tried sooo hard to show the economics of renewables over fossil fuels…we are getting better at changing the status quo….maybe next time!!!…if its not already too late for our planet.

Here is the link to August Austin City Council meeting … http://austintx.swagit.com/play/08282014-576

“we shall overcome some day …”  was yesterday/today for tomorrow!

UPDATE 9/15/14 Burlington Vermont goes non-fossil fuel powered!!

UPDATE 8/29/14 2pm…rumor of a reconsideration in the reconvened session happening now—-

UPDATE 9/29/14 5:30 pm-ish WHEW VICTORY! AGAIN!  On a 3-3 vote the motion to reconsider failed (Spelman, Leffingwell, Cole in support….Morrison, Riley, Martinez against….fails w/ Tovo off the dais).

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Smitty Smith of Public Citizen looking tired (yes it was very late) addresses council with dollars and “sense” figures….money talks and solar “IS” cheap!

Dave Cortez wrote on Facebook…
“VICTORY in Austin tonight. We beat the Chamber of Commerce. The corporate utility. The mayor. The industrial energy lobby. They resorted to procedural tactics and delays….we mobilized hundreds of people and deployed nonviolent civil disobedience to carry it over the top.

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We beat two gas plants tonight. We commissioned a comprehensive overview of how energy efficiency programs serve the poor. We set Austin Energy on a path to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We expanded access to local solar via leasing. And we won a commitment to one of the largest amounts of solar for a major metro city in the entire US.

The best part…the BEST PART….the photos of Austin Energy execs being cocky and arrogant at Perry’s steakhouse, prematurely celebrating a “win….followed by their foot stomping anger about a perversion of the democratic process because they chose drinks while we chose victory via direct action.

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comment on FB … “Out drinking, while this very important resolution was being discussed”

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¡Adelante, compas!”

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Late night high-fiving on this path to Austin sustainability and affordable energy!

As we are sitting here in Arlington, we are jealous but thankful for your leadership and hope other Texas cities will soon follow you! Here is the wording as appeared in the agenda items…

Items 157 & 158
157. Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to implement policies recommended by the 2014 Generation Resource Planning Task Force and the Electric Utility Commission that will reduce harmful emissions and the negative impacts of global warming.

( Notes: SPONSOR: Council Member Chris Riley CO 1: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole CO 2: Council Member Mike Martinez )

158. Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to create policies which increase energy efficiency program offerings for low income and low-moderate income customers, and creating a Low Income Consumer Advisory Task Force.

( Notes: SPONSOR: Council Member Kathie Tovo CO 1: Council Member Laura Morrison CO 2: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole )

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Here is another related press release from http://www.greentechmedia “Last night, the Austin city council voted in favor of a resolution that would increase the city’s rooftop and utility-scale solar targets by 800 megawatts over the coming years.

It creates a plan that would build a small paradise for distributed energy companies, including a utility-scale solar target of 600 megawatts by 2017, a rooftop solar target of 200 megawatts by 2020, explicit language enabling third-party solar ownership, a floor price for the value-of-solar tariff, and a mandatory strategy to procure 200 megawatts of fast-response storage.

The plan builds upon earlier climate goals created and revised since 2010. After Austin Energy signed a power-purchase agreement for 150 megawatts of solar at 5 cents per kilowatt-hour in May, city officials asked if they should require more solar that could provide a hedge against natural gas prices.”

Curious as to what mix Austin Energy provides?…for now…for NOW…its this…

Rated Generation Capacity

Project Generation Type Rated
Decker Gas/Steam – 2 units 735 MW
Decker Gas Turbines – 4 units 192 MW
Fayette Coal – 50% share of 2 units 602 MW
South Texas Project Nuclear – 16% share 436 MW
Sand Hill Gas Combined Cycle 300 MW
Sand Hill Gas Turbines – 6 units 270 MW
Mueller Energy Center 4.6 MW
Wind 850.9 MW
Biomass Wood chip 100 MW
Biomass Landfill 11.8 MW
Solar Utility Scale 30 MW
TOTAL 3,532.3MW

We so expect Austin Energy to ramp up their solar projects…all “drinking” aside.

Compare that Austin City Council/citizen vision  to AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPO) that serves the Texarkana, Longview, and Marshall TX areas. They are not in competition with other energy providers.  While SWEPO does have a webpage about their commitments to wind (no solar), in matters of Climate Change, they defer to their parent company, AEP, for this  PATHETIC statement…

“By 2026, we project that our coal-fueled generating capacity will drop to 49 percent, while natural gas capacity increases to 28 percent.”

I’M SORRY AEP, BUT THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH COMPARED TO WHAT AUSTIN IS DOING!   was going to do…but as of Dec 10, rolled it back…shame on Austin City Council!!!

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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