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Georgetown goes 100% green.

Thursday, April 09, 2015 - Posted by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas, in General News.



Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet

Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official

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Georgetown, Texas has economic reasons for opting for renewable energy. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as “the equivalent of the flat-earthers” by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

“I was called an Al Gore clone, a tree-hugger,” says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a community of about 50,000 people some 25 miles north of Austin.

Briggs, who was a key player in Georgetown’s decision to become the first city in the Lone Star State to be powered by 100% renewable energy, has worked for the city for 30 years. He wears a belt with shiny silver decorations and a gold ring with a lone star motif, and is keen to point out that he is not some kind of California-style eco-warrior with a liberal agenda. In fact, he is a staunchly Texan pragmatist.

“I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,” he says. “We didn’t do this to save the world – we did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers.”

In many Texas cities the electricity market is deregulated, meaning that customers choose from a dizzying variety of providers and plans. In Houston, for example, there are more than 70 plans that offer energy from entirely renewable sources.

That makes it easy to switch, so in a dynamic marketplace, providers tend to focus on the immediate future. This discourages the creation of renewable energy facilities, which require long-term investment to be viable. But in Georgetown, the city utility company has a monopoly.

When its staff examined their options last year, they discovered something that seemed remarkable, especially in Texas: renewable energy was cheaper than non-renewable. And so last month city officials finalised a deal with SunEdison, a giant multinational solar energy company. It means that by January 2017, all electricity within the city’s service area will come from wind and solar power.


Read the rest of the article here. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/28/georgetown-texas-renewable-green-energy





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PayPal scam targets Craigslist sellers

Monday, April 06, 2015 - Posted by Matt Grant, in General News., State, Country, International


A new scam is targeting people selling items on Craigslist and it could cost you thousands.

When David Wolek put his 2007 Carolina Skiff fishing boat on Craigslist he didn't expect to get caught on a phishing scam.

"I guess since it's a fishing boat," said Wolek, "they're out phishing for a sucker."

Wolek placed an add offering to sell his boat for just under $16,000. Right away he got a bite from an interested buyer.

"He sent me a message telling me he was very interested," said Wolek. "He wanted it for his father but he was on an oil rig and he couldn't come take a look at it himself."

Emails detail an elaborate scheme designed to steal your money.

The fake buyer urged Wolek to join PayPal - then promised to overpay by $2500 to cover transportation fees. Then the buyer wanted Wolek to wire him back the overpayment.

"That's when it didn't smell right to me," said Wolek, a retired post master from Oklahoma.

The fake seller then sent a fake email pretending to be from PayPal.

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Audio/Video of very passionate discussion 3/19/15

Friday, April 03, 2015 - Posted by Craig, in General News., City news, Opinion/Commentary, Videos

Here's the video everyone is talking about.

A video/audio recording of a very passionate discussion that occurred during the City Council Meeting held Thursday, March 19,2015

Coleman has the highest electrical rates in the state of Texas that we are aware of. These rates are oppressive to both the citizens and businesses of Coleman

To make matters worse, the contracts with AEPEP are secret, and are not available for the citizens to view and analyze.

Representative Keffer of the Texas House, has heard our pleas and sponsored a bill to prevent such contracts from being withheld on the basis of Confidentiality.

Now, the TPPA (Texas Public Power Association), who represents the 72 MOU's in Texas, is fighting to keep these bills from passing, stating that such transparency will have a negative impact on the utilities that they represent.

This discussion and audio/video recording clearly demonstrates the acute level of concern by many citizens and the  city council members on this subject.






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