***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th***
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Austin Energy Ratepayers Rally to Expand Affordable Renewable Energy Goals in Energy Plan Update
WHAT: Clean Energy Rally Following First Austin Energy Stakeholder Meeting
(following the conclusion of Austin Energy’s first stakeholder meeting)
WHO: Hosted by the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign and Public Citizen
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 – 10 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Austin Energy Headquarters
Town Lake Cntr
721 Barton Springs Road
First floor assembly room
AUSTIN – On Tuesday, February 25th at 12:15 PM CT, dozens of yellow-shirt clad Austinities will rally in support of clean energy and moving beyond fossil fuels outside of Austin Energy headquarters following the first of three stakeholder input meetings on the proposed 10-year update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan.
Austin Energy has given no indication that it will incorporate City Council’s recommendation that the solar energy goal be expanded to 400 megawatts by 2020 – enough to power about 50,000 homes. Nor has it suggested increasing the overall renewable energy goal, despite the fact that it’s already has contracts to meeting the current goal 4 years early. Instead, the utility is proposing to keep the Fayette coal plant running through 2025 and to build an additional 800 megawatt fracked gas plant.
The rally is hosted by the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign and Public Citizen.