Controversial green energy plan approved

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by STEVE ALBERTS / KVUE News

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Posted on April 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 22 at 5:46 PM

The Austin City Council unanimously voted 7-0 Thursday to approve the Austin Energy Generation and Climate Protection Plan.

The Climate Protection Plan was adopted in 2007 to build a more sustainable community and reduce the city's carbon footprint.

The plan calls for Austin Energy to reduce emissions from its power plants and have 30 percent of its energy come from renewable sources including wind and solar by 2020.

One local group says the plan will mean big changes to your electric bill.  The group Austinites for Action says an independent analysis shows the plan will mean a 57 percent rate increase for customers over the next ten years.

“There's too much cost that's going to disproportionately impact the working middle class, fixed income seniors and the most financially vulnerable,” said Dominic Chavez, with Austinites for Action.

But environmental activist Paul Robbins, who supports the city’s plan, believes there may be some errors in the way the numbers were calculated.

“I think it's an exaggeration to say that it's going to raise people's bills astronomically. People's bills are going to go up anyway due to inflation and new power is going to cost more than existing power,” said Robbins.

The plan won't take effect until the city does an affordability study.

KVUE's Jade Mingus reports on the vote on KVUE News at 6.

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