Update 2016 they pushed the idea back 5 years due to low energy pricing
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).
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.
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.
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 )
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
|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|
|Biomass||Wood chip||100 MW|
|Solar||Utility Scale||30 MW|
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!!!