At this month’s meeting, we’ll hear from guest speaker Michael J. Osborne, who will share his thoughts on our Austin Energy and LCRA/Fayette Coal Plant campaigns.
Michael J. Osborne is the former Special Assistant to the General Manager for Energy Development at Austin Energy. He is a member and recent Chairman of the City of Austin Electric Utility Commission and also serves on the City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee.
He has been a renewable energy and climate change activist since the mid-1970’s. In 1981, he installed the first wind farm in Texas. In 1983, his company, Osborne Solar, became the Solarex distributor for Texas. Throughout the 90s, his company documented and leased the wind resource for the Texas wind fields.
Michael was one of three founding members of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, and for more than 30 years he has been at the forefront in making Texas the leading Renewable Energy state.
Mr. Osborne is also a prolific writer. Of particular interest to us is his book, Silver in the Mine, a long term comprehensive energy plan for the City of Austin. All of his works are available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s September Open Meeting:
Note: We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month. For September ONLY we are switching to the second Tuesday to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur. We’ll be back to our regular third Tuesday schedule in October.
To get Austin to be “Fossil Free Faster”, it’s going to take more than just pressuring Austin Energy (AE). While we are not shifting that focus, we are expanding it to include the LCRA* – AE’s “partner in crime” at the Fayette coal plant. When it comes to the Fayette Power Plant (FPP), it’s about more than just CO2 and its impact on climate change and the health of the nearby community – as bad as those effects are.
There’s a water grab going on. And if you want to get Texans riled up, just go after their water.
Al Braden, Austin’s own photographer extraordinaire and long-time activist on climate change, will be leading us in what is bound to be a very motivating discussion on how to get organized to take on the LCRA* in our goal of shutting down the Fayette Power Plant altogether.
And don’t forget that we have candidates’ forums to plan, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves as we get to work on that pressing project. Solar Austin is partnering with 350 Austin, so we can make new friends while we identify when and where the forums will be held. And draft the questions we want our mayoral and city council candidates to answer.
Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s August Open Meeting:
At our July Open Meeting, we learned more about the Fayette Power Project, a dangerous coal power plant that is partially-owned by Austin Energy (AE). We talked about potential strategies to pressure AE to divest from Fayette more quickly, as well as ways we could advocate for a full-plant shutdown.
Al Braden gave a presentation about the Fayette coal plant and AE’s stake in the facility. He also updated us on measures being taken by the AE Electric Utility Commission (EUC) to push for more transparency around Fayette. Thank you to Al for your informative presentation!
If you missed the meeting or would like to review Al’s presentation, the slides and video are available below. We hope to see you at our next Open Meeting on August 21!
Tuesday, 7/17 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) – 350 Austin July Open Meeting at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Grover. NOTE THE TIME CORRECTION! We are in the process of sharpening our focus on the Fayette coal plant and steps we might take in getting it shut down much sooner than Austin Energy’s (AE) is currently planning. Al Braden will be sharing his broad and deep understanding on Fayette. We will also be updating you on information that AE has effectively been withholding regarding how much Fayette is being used.
Before the meeting, join us for a social happy hour at Citizen Eatery at 6:00 pm! There will be a happy hour discount on food and drink. Citizen Eatery’s menu features 100% vegetarian cuisine and locally-made beverages. Look for the table with the 350 Austin sign! Citizen Eatery is located at 5011 Burnet Road. https://www.citizeneatery.com/
Then come to First UU for the open meeting. This is a working meeting in which you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to work. There will be a variety of breakout groups, including: planning our city council & mayoral candidates forums; learning more about our campaign strategies & tactics; and generating ideas for 350.org‘s Day of Action leading up to the Global Climate Summit. https://riseforclimate.org/
In honor of Juneteenth, we are particularly interested in ideas on how 350 Austin can work more effectively towards freedom from the effects of climate change that affect People of Color first and worst.