Austin Energy is the United States' 8th largest publicly owned utility, providing electrical power to more than 420,000 customers and a population of almost one million within a service territory of approximately 437-square miles, including Austin, Texas, Travis County and a small portion of Williamson County. Austin Energy has been providing electric service to customers since 1895.
Austin Energy is a department of the City of Austin. The Austin City Council sets Austin Energy’s policies and strategic direction. Austin Energy uses a number of energy production entities. Most controversial of these is the nuclear component. The STNP was the subject of a binding citizen referendum (November 3, 1981) to sell Austin's part in the project. STNP went online in 1986. No council has sold Austin's STNP telling citizens that "no one wanted our 16 percent".
Customers who buy photovoltaic (PV) solar panel installations are eligible for financing and monetary credits, applicable to their future energy bills. A vendor must be certified with Austin Energy's temporary Solar Rebate Program. Since 2010, Austin Energy’s contributions have totaled more than $100 million each year. For customers wanting to understand potential savings and learn about the benefits of switching to solar energy contact a local vendor certified within Austin Energy's temporary solar PV rebate program. 
Powering the Community
Austin Energy’s total generation is nearly 3,000 megawatts (MW). The service area is powered through a diverse generation mix of wind power, solar power, biomass, natural gas, nuclear, and coal. Austin Energy has a goal to achieve 35% of its energy supply from renewable resources by 2020, including 200 MW of solar with 100 MW installed locally. As of January 2014, Austin Energy's renewable portfolio is at about 25%. Additionally, Austin Energy has a goal to reduce carbon emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2020. Austin Energy is considering options for reducing the output of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project to meet carbon reduction goals.
Saving Money and the Environment
The Austin Energy energy efficiency program includes a portfolio of energy efficiency offerings for both homeowners and businesses. The program includes a free online Energy Audit that gives consumers feedback on their energy consumption and helps identify ways they can save on utility bills, among other features. Multiple rebates are also available to both residential and commercial customers to help pay for efficiency improvements in homes and office buildings. In 1990, Austin Energy developed the nation's first Green Building program — Austin Energy Green Building. It shares the distinction of being the largest and best established green building program in the country along with Built Green Colorado in Denver. Between 1982 and 2006, Austin Energy achieved its first conservation power plant of 700 megawatts. Austin Energy plans to offset an additional 800 megawatts through energy efficiency between 2007 and 2020.
Supporting Emerging Technologies
Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere network, powered by 100% renewable energy, expanded to a total of 186 public charging stations to help drive a two-year, 300% Austin EV growth rate. Austin Energy led a 10-county, regional effort to develop a community plan that supports the adoption of EVs and successfully deployed the first-of-its-kind EV home charging Demand Response program.
Austin Energy owns and operates two natural gas-fired power plants in Austin: the Decker Creek Power Station and the Sand Hill Energy Center. The utility also owns 50% of units 1 and 2 at the coal-fired Fayette Power Project in LaGrange, Texas. Additionally, Austin Energy owns 16% of the South Texas Project in Matagorda County outside of Houston.
|Unit||Fuel||Capacity (MW)||Install Year|
|Fayette Power Project (50% Share)||Coal||602||1979 & 1980|
|South Texas Project (16% Share)||Nuclear||436||1988 & 1989|
|Decker Creek Power Station||Gas||927||1970- 1988|
|Sand Hill Energy Center||Gas||570||2001-2010|
|Robert Mueller Energy Center||Gas||4.6||2006|
|Renewable Resources||Fuel Type||Installed Capacity (MW)||First Operation Year||Power Purchase Expiration Date|
|Sunset Farms||Landfill Methane||4||1996||2021|
|Tessman Road Landfill||Landfill Methane||7.8||2003||2017|
|Webberville Solar Project||Solar||30||2011||2036|
|Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Texas Wind Contract||Wind||10||1995||2020|
|Sweetwater Wind Farm 2||Wind||91.5||2005||2017|
|Sweetwater Wind Farm 3||Wind||34.5||2006||2017|
|Whirlwind Energy Center||Wind||59.8||2007||2027|
|Hackberry Wind Project||Wind||165.6||2008||2023|
|Iberdola Penascal I & II||Wind||195.6||2011||2015|
|Los Vientos II||Wind||201.6||2013||2037|
|TOTAL RENEWABLES||992.7 MW|
|Pending Wind Projects||MW Capacity||Year Beginning||Year Ending|
|Los Vientos III||200||2015||2040|
|Los Vientos IV||200||2016||2041|