Worried that efforts to end Austin’s reliance on coal are bogging down, the City Council is expected to call Thursday for a range of options that could be carried out as early as 2015.
Council members want City Manager Marc Ott to finish a comprehensive report by the end of the year laying out how Austin would sell or shut down its share of a coal-fired power plant 83 miles southeast of the city. The resolution, drafted by Council Member Bill Spelman and cosponsored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Member Laura Morrison, comes nine months after Austin Energy presented a council-mandated report concluding the city could cost-effectively swap Fayette for a natural gas facility. That report disappointed some council members seeking more options. Since then, little or no progress appears to have been made on the issue.
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