Sierra Club joins other community groups in opposing current Austin Energy proposal

Yesterday, Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter, joined many other groups in opposing the current Austin Energy rate proposal as being fundamentally unfair to residential ratepayers and those trying to conserve energy.

See Austin American Statesman Article here
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/proposed-electric-rate-increases-target-poor-could-hamper-1934092.html

“The big problem is the high customer and delivery fee of $25 dollar per month for every residential customer no matter how much energy you use,” stated Lone Star Chapter Conservation Director Cyrus Reed. “It hurts apartment dwellers, those on fixed incomes and low energy users.”

“We want a proposal that is fair and encourages conservation and efficiency and is line with the Generation Resource Plan to move away from coal and toward conservation, efficiency, solar and wind.”

Austin Energy is expected to come back with a final version of its proposal in early December. Stay tuned for more about the rate case at the Austin Beyond Coal website (http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/austin/).

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