Austin Energy to do TOU after decoupling plan withered
Austin, Texas municipal utility Austin Energy is giving up on the idea of decoupling revenue from sales after the city council this summer considered the matter but did not bring it to a vote, Carlos Cordova, a spokesperson for the utility, told us yesterday. "We do not intend to pursue decoupling further," he said.
Austin Energy implemented AMI well before most other utilities, installing 410,000 meters by late 2009 (SGT, 2009-Aug-06). It told us then that it might seek decoupling.
Instead, in the utility's first rate changes since 1994, it will implement a line-item charge for energy efficiency rather than including charges for such programs in its base rate, Cordova said. The city council approved that measure in June.
The utility is preparing to implement newly approved TOU pricing, though no date was set yet since the utility's billing system has to be augmented for it to work, Cordova said. TOU billing is considered a pricing plan enabled by AMI.
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