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To meet ambitious renewable energy goals, city must find a way to pay for them. By Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Friday, July 17, 2009
Austin's electric utility could soon reverse a long-standing practice of selling wind, solar and other renewable energy only to customers who choose to buy it, four Austin City Council members and a mayoral aide said this week.
"If we have to spread the cost" to sell enough renewable energy, "that's something we should do," Council Member Sheryl Cole said. "Austin should move forward in its leadership role in heading off global warming."
The price of GreenChoice has nearly doubled since early 2008. A new GreenChoice subscription would now raise the monthly summer bill of an average Austin homeowner from $93.35 to $151.85,