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.
Earlier this summer, we wrote about 350 Austin member Mickey Fetonte’s Fossil Free Pledge quest. Mickey is traveling around Texas collecting pledge signatures from candidates for local, state, and national offices. As part of the pledge, candidates promise to not accept campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. So far, Mickey has collected signatures from 113115121122 candidates. Way to go!
Below is a photo gallery documenting Mickey’s progress. Click on an image to view the full-size photo. We’ll continue to update the gallery with new photos as Mickey collects pledges from more candidates. Check back often!
Beto O'Rourke is a candidate for U.S. Senate. He signed the pledge on April 29, 2018.
Shirley McKellar is a candidate for U.S. House, Texas District 1. She signed the pledge on April 15, 2018.
John Lipscombe is a candidate for the Travis County Court at Law #3. He signed the pledge on April 9, 2018.
Chito Vela was a candidate for Texas House, District 46. He signed the pledge on April 5, 2018.
Tim Mahoney was a candidate for Texas Comptroller. He signed the pledge on March 20, 2018.
Cam Scott was a candidate for Round Rock City Council District 3. He signed the pledge on March 18, 2018.
Sheryl Cole is a candidate for Texas House, District 46. She signed the pledge on February 7, 2018.
Rich DePalma is a candidate for Austin City Council District 8. He signed the pledge on April 7, 2018.
Paige Ellis is a candidate for Austin City Council District 8. She signed the pledge on April 7, 2018.
Steve Adler is a candidate for Austin Mayor. He signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Gina Hinojosa, candidate for Texas House, District 49. She signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Kolby Duhon, candidate for Austin Young Democrats President. He signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Sarah Eckhardt is a candidate for Travis County Commissioner's Court (County Judge). She signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Ann Kitchen is a candidate for Austin City Council District 5. She signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Brigid Shea is a candidate for Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 2. She signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
Mike Siegel is a candidate for U.S. House, Texas District 10. He signed the pledge on March 24, 2018.
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!
Our dedicated member Mickey Fetonte is on a mission: Get candidates for local, state, and national offices to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. From February 4 to June 22, Mickey personally collected pledge signatures from 96 Texas candidates. Four other Texas candidates signed the pledge through other channels, bringing the grand total to 100 candidates. Thanks for your great work, Mickey! (more…)
At our April Open Meeting, we discussed the next steps to achieving our goal of making Austin Energy (AE) “fossil free fast”. Austin’s public utility has the potential to be a model for the rapid and just transition of electric grids towards clean renewable energy. We are prepared to demand that AE meet that challenge on an accelerated time line.
Al Braden and Stefan Wray gave a presentation on the current status of AE and where we want them to be. They also explained the important role of the Electric Utility Commission (EUC) in helping us move toward our goals for AE. A big thank you to Al and Stefan for sharing their knowledge!
If you missed the meeting or would like to review Al and Stefan’s presentation, the slides and video are available below. We hope to see you at our next Open Meeting in May!