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US THE WORK SESSION

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AND CALL TO ORDER THE A-E-U-S-C MEETING AT 9:02 AM AND I WILL SHIFT MY PAGES.

MAYOR PROTI, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS AND FUENTES ON ONLINE NOW.

I SEE.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS AND COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES WITH US VIRTUALLY.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, I'VE CALLED TO ORDER THE A-E-U-O-C MEETING AT 9:02 AM AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A QUORUM FOR THIS MEETING.

AND LET'S SEE WHAT WE HAVE HERE.

[Public Communication: General ]

UH, CITY CLERK, DO WE HAVE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS? LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE SEVEN PEOPLE SIGNED UP.

SEVEN OR EIGHT SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ONE REMOTE AND SEVEN IN PERSON, IS THAT CORRECT? YES, WE HAVE THAT'S CORRECT.

ALRIGHT, CLERK, WOULD YOU LIKE TO, UM, TO HANDLE THAT PLEASE? THE FIRST REMOTE SPEAKER IS RANDY SMITH.

RANDY, CAN YOU UNMUTE ON YOUR END PLEASE? HEY THERE.

UM, CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME? I CAN GO AHEAD WHEN YOU'RE READY.

HEY, GREAT.

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS RANDY SMITH AND MY FAMILY AND I ARE HOMEOWNERS AND DISTRICTS THREE.

SO THANKS TO COUNCIL MEMBER QUEZ FOR BEING OUR REPRESENTATIVE.

UH, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RESOURCE PLAN AND EXPRESS SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT AUSTIN ENERGY HAS BEEN HEADED LATELY.

UM, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN HAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE FOR CITY OF PROGRESSIVE VALUES.

SOLAR AND WIND ARE ABUNDANT HERE IN TEXAS AND I'M EXCITED THAT AUSTIN CAN SHOW LEADERSHIP ON THE WORLD STAGE BY PROCEEDING TO BE A CARBON NEUTRAL CITY.

THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT'S JUST MY OPINION.

THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN HAS, YOU KNOW, VOTED PAST RESOLUTIONS MULTIPLE TIMES OVER THE YEARS, GIVING EXACTLY THIS DIRECTION TO THE CITY AND IN AUSTIN ENERGY, BUT I'M HAVING CONCERNS.

AUSTIN ENERGY IS NOT FOLLOWING THESE MANDATES IN GOOD FAITH LATELY.

YOU KNOW, I WAS VERY DISCOURAGED WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR BUILDING HYDROGEN POWER PLANTS, UH, THAT WOULD BURN NATURAL BURN DIRTY NATURAL GAS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

CLEARLY A NON-STARTER, I FEEL LIKE IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED.

UH, THERE'S ALSO, IN MY OPINION, AN ATTITUDE OF NONCHALANCE EXPRESSED BY THEM ABOUT THEIR LACK OF PROGRESS DIVESTING FROM VIA COAL PLANTS.

UH, THOSE ARE JUST TWO EXAMPLES OF SEVERAL THAT HAVE CONCERNED ME, BUT I WANNA TALK ABOUT THE PRESENT DAY.

UH, IN TODAY'S TIMELINE, WE SEE ANOTHER DELAY BY THE AUSTIN ENERGY LEADERSHIP.

THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF DELAYS IN THE PAST.

I, I BELIEVE WHAT WE NEED IS A COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCE PLAN UPDATE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY BILL COSTS, AND AIR POLLUTION.

UH, THE EUC, THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION HAS MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A RESOURCE PLAN, WHICH I REALLY LIKED.

I STRONGLY SUPPORT THEM.

I THINK THEY'RE GREAT AND AUSTIN ENERGY NEEDS TO FOLLOW THE TIMELINE, ALREADY AGREED TO BY THE EUC AT THE LAST MEETING TO FINISH THEIR GRAPH BY SEPTEMBER.

SO THAT USE THE CITY COUNCIL HAS ENOUGH TIME TO UNDERSTAND AND READ THIS PLAN BEFORE VOTING ON IT.

UH, THERE'S A LOT OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THIS DELAY.

THAT'S A GREAT GOAL.

BUT FIRST OF ALL, THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT BOTH RECENTLY, UH, AND OF COURSE IN THE PAST WITH THE RESOLUTIONS THAT I MENTIONED, I FEEL LIKE THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS BEEN CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT AND B, THIS, THIS KIND OF DELAY SHOULD NOT TAKE FIVE MONTHS.

INSTEAD, I WOULD SUGGEST MAYBE HAVE THESE MEETINGS IN DEMAND IN JUNE, THEN AUSTIN ENERGY AND THE UC CAN REACH AN AGREEMENT ON AN UPDATE TO THE PLAN BY SEPTEMBER.

THAT WOULD BE A BETTER TIMELINE.

SO THE ADDITIONAL FIVE MONTHS OF DELAY FEELS LIKE IT COULD BE A SLOW WALKING TACTIC.

IT'S JUST, UH, INCREASING MY, MY WORRY THAT AUSTIN ENERGY LEADERSHIP IS NOT ABLE TO PROCEED IN THEIR ROLE AS GOOD FAITH PACKERS.

AND THIS IS A PLACE WHERE THE CITY COUNCIL HAS A LOT OF LEVERAGE.

UH, SO MY THREE REQUEST TO BE ONE, THE EEC RESOURCE PLAN RECOMMENDATION SHOULD BE THE FOUNDATION OF ANY RECOMMENDATIONS GOING FORWARD.

TWO, PLEASE NO MORE AND NECESSARY DELAY INTO THIS PROCESS.

LET'S GET THE UPDATE TO SEPTEMBER BY SEPTEMBER AS PREVIOUSLY AGREED.

AND THREE, YOU KNOW, I WOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MAKING CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP OF AUSTIN ENERGY.

UH, THEY'VE LOST A LOT OF MY TRUST AND AS MANY OF THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN AS WELL.

SO AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

ALRIGHT, WE'LL MOVE TO IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

THE FIRST PERSON IS AL BRADEN, AND IF YOU COULD CALL TWO OR THREE NAMES SO THAT FOLKS CAN COME TOWARD THE FRONT AND BE READY TO POP UP TO THE, THE MICROPHONE AFTER EACH SPEAKER.

ALRIGHT, MR. BRADEN.

WELCOME.

AND WHO DO WE HAVE NEXT? THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE KABA WHITE AND CAMILLE COOK.

THIS IS MS. WHITE HERE.

OKAY, GREAT.

AND MS. UM, CAMILLE COOK.

VERY GOOD.

OKAY, MR. BRADEN, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

UH, GOOD MORNING, CHAIRWOMAN POOL COUNCIL MEMBERS AND AUSTIN ENERGY STAFF.

AND A SHOUT OUT TO COUNCIL MEMBER CHITO VELA FOR STEPPING UP AS VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

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I'M AL BRADEN, THE DISTRICT SEVEN VOTER.

AS A MEMBER OF THE EUC WORKING GROUP, I CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY THAT OUR WORK IS NOT FINISHED AND IS EVER MORE URGENT.

AUSTIN HAS A PROUD HISTORY ON GREEN ENERGY AND CLIMATE ISSUES PUNCTUATED BY PERIODIC ATTEMPTS BY AUSTIN ENERGY TO BUILD A NEW GAS PLANT.

THE LAST WAS IN 2015 LEADING TO LARGE SOLAR SEA GAS SNOW DEMONSTRATIONS.

AND THIS OLD T-SHIRT COUNCIL RESOLVED TO NEVER BUILD ANOTHER FOSSIL FUEL PLANT OR NUCLEAR PLANT.

THIS YEAR, WE WERE SURPRISED BY YET ANOTHER GAS PLANT PROPOSAL, FIRST BRANDED AS GREEN HYDROGEN, AND NOW APPARENTLY REBRANDED AS FLEX FUEL.

A FOSSIL FUEL PLANT IS A FOSSIL FUEL PLANT NO MATTER WHAT.

THE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDS A MIX OF BATTERY APPLICATIONS AND CHEMISTRIES TO SOLVE OUR IMPORTANT LOAD ZONE REQUIREMENTS.

WHILE THE DISPUTE BETWEEN BATTERIES VERSUS GAS PLANT IS VERY SIGNIFICANT, I MUST SAY IT'S THE ONLY MAJOR AREA OF DISPUTE.

IN THE GENERATION PLAN.

WE AGREE ON THE CRITICAL NEED FOR MORE LOCAL RESOURCES, SOLAR AND BATTERIES, MORE UTILITY SCALE, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND BATTERIES, IMPROVED TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURE TO LESSEN CONGESTION COSTS AND PRICE SEPARATION USE OF BIDEN IRA, FUNDS TO SPEED ELECTRIFICATION, LOW INCOME WEATHERIZATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

NEW BUILDING CODES USING HEAT PUMPS TO ELIMINATE STRIP HEATERS AND AIR IN AIR CONDITIONERS AND WATER HEATERS.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE AGREE ON ANY OF THE USE OF FOSSIL FUEL IN ALL OUR ELECTRIC GENERATION BUYER BEFORE 2035.

SO I ASK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS, LET'S GET TO WORK, BUT PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER A MUCH LONGER PLAN.

THIS PLAN ONLY GOES TO 20, 35, 11 YEARS IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE PURCHASING KEY ITEMS LIKE HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSFORMERS COULD TAKE SIX YEARS AND TRANSMISSION PROJECTS A DECADE.

THIS PLAN LOOKS ONLY AT IMMEDIATE NEEDS.

WE NEED A STRATEGIC VISION FOR AUSTIN'S ENERGY, ONE THAT LOOKS AT IMPORTANT LONG-TERM NEEDS IN TRANSMISSION, TOPOGRAPHY GENERATION CAPACITY, CITYWIDE ELECTRIFICATION, DISTRIBUTED RESOURCES, CODE CHANGES, ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION, AND EVEN LOAD GROWTH GENERATION LENGTH PROJECTS.

AUSTIN WATER HAD THE COURAGE TO LOOK A HUNDRED YEARS OUT, PROVIDING IMPORTANT DIRECTION ON CODE CHANGES, PURPLE PLUMBING, WATER REUSE, AQUIFER STORAGE, AND A WHOLE HOST OF SERIOUS TOPICS THAT MAKE WATER AVAILABILITY FOR THE FUTURE OF AUSTIN EVEN POSSIBLE.

I ASK YOU AS COUNCIL MEMBERS TO FORM A NEW TASK FORCE FOR A LONG TERM THINKING ABOUT AUSTIN'S ENERGY NEEDS TO HELP GUIDE OUR ONGOING 10 YEAR OPERATIONAL PLANS, 25, 50 OR A HUNDRED YEARS FORWARD.

THANK YOU MR. WE'RE DRIVING IN THE FOG WITHOUT IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NEXT SPEAKER IS KABA WHITE.

GOOD MORNING MS. WHITE, THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, UH, CHAIR POOLE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS KABA WHITE.

I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF PUBLIC CITIZENS TEXAS OFFICE AND I'M GONNA ECHO, UH, A LOT OF THE COMMENTS THAT YOU JUST HEARD FROM AL BRADEN.

WE ARE LOOKING TO ALL OF YOU FOR LEADERSHIP TO MOVE THE TIMELINE OF THIS PLAN FORWARD SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY GET TO AN END POINT AND ALLOW AUSTIN ENERGY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE IMPORTANT WORK OF IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN.

OF COURSE, THEY'RE CONSTANTLY WORKING ON PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS TO IMPLEMENT THE THE EXISTING PLAN, BUT YOU ALL IDENTIFIED IN 2022 THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR AN UPDATE TO THAT VISION BECAUSE OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES.

THAT TRUTH STILL REMAINS AND ALSO REMAINING IS THE URGENCY OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU ALL KNOW THAT.

I SEE YOU MAKING THE STATEMENTS AND, AND STANDING FOR CLIMATE ACTION.

AND THIS HERE WITH THIS RESOURCE PLAN IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WAYS THAT THE CITY CAN REALLY PUT THAT, UM, THAT ETHOS, THAT VISION, THAT DESIRE INTO PRACTICE.

WE NEED TO UPDATE THIS PLAN.

WE SHOULD NOT KICK IT DOWN THE ROAD UNTIL POSSIBLY 2026 BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY SESSIONS OR SPECIAL SESSIONS OR WHATEVER ELSE WE'RE GONNA WANNA AVOID.

THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF US RIGHT NOW.

A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE.

YOU ALL HAVE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS.

THERE'S NO NEED TO STOP AND THEN HAVE TO REALLY TOTALLY RESTART AGAIN.

AND THE EUC PASSED A RESOLUTION LAST MONTH INDICATING THAT WE WANT TO HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS COME BEFORE US BY OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING, IF NOT BEFORE.

AND THAT WOULD GIVE YOU ALL THEN THE FALL TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THIS UP AND GIVE IT ITS DUE CONSIDERATION.

SO THAT'S REALLY MY ASK FOR YOU TODAY, IS TO SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL TO AUSTIN ENERGY

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THAT YOU DO WANT TO VOTE ON THIS PLAN.

THAT YOU DO WANT TO ADOPT A RESOURCE PLAN THAT IS UPDATED TO REFLECT OUR CURRENT REALITY, THE URGENCY OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS, OUR AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS HERE LOCALLY, AND TO SET THIS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN A WAY THAT WILL ALLOW FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.

IT'S APRIL NOW, WE ABSOLUTELY CAN DO THIS WORK TO GET TO THE UC WITH A FULL PLAN IN SEPTEMBER AND THEN TO Y'ALL LATER IN SEPTEMBER AND HAVE THE REST OF THE TIME FOR YOUR DELIBERATION.

THE OTHER THING THAT I JUST WANNA FLAG IS THAT IT'S REALLY UNCLEAR WHAT THIS PROCESS IS, UH, IN TERMS OF THE ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT.

I THINK THAT MOST, IF NOT ALL OF US AT THE EUC ASSUMED THAT THE EUC AND HOPEFULLY THE RMC WOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THOSE MEETINGS.

AND THEN WHEN I LOOKED BACK, I WAS LIKE, WELL, IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY SAY THAT.

SO HOPEFULLY, UH, THAT IS THE CASE.

BUT I WOULD ASK IF YOU COULD GET SOME FORMAL CLARIFICATION.

UM, UH, YOU KNOW, ON THE STRUCTURE OF THOSE MEETINGS WILL BE, BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

WILL THEY BE POSTED AS EUC MEETINGS SO THAT WE CAN PARTICIPATE? THANK YOU MS. WHITE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. COOK.

AND THEN WHO DO WE HAVE NEXT ON DECK IS NORMA CORTEZ RUSSAM GLIB, BECKY HALPIN AND RICHARD HALPIN.

THANK YOU MR. COOK.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, CHAIR, POOL AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS CAMILLE COOK.

I'M ALSO HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR THE RESOURCE GENERATION PLAN.

THIS UPDATE TO THE RESOURCE GENERATION PLAN HAS ALREADY DRAGGED ON FOR OVER HALF A YEAR.

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE IN AND IN YOUR HANDS MONTHS AGO.

INSTEAD, WE'RE BARRELING INTO MAY AND ABOUT TO START THIS ENTIRE PROCESS OVER A PROCESS THAT IF THE NEW PROPOSED TIMELINE FROM AUSTIN ENERGY IS APPROVED WILL OUTLAST SOME OF Y'ALL.

RIGHT NOW, AUSTIN ENERGY, WITH THE HELP OF THEIR NEWLY HIRED FACILITATOR IS ESTIMATING THAT THIS, THAT THIS UPDATE WILL NOW TAKE SIX OR MORE, SIX OR MORE MONTHS TO CONDUCT THREE MEETINGS, SIX MONTHS FOR THREE MEETINGS.

UH, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT'S ABSURD, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO PROCEED LIKE THIS.

THERE IS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN GATHERED, WHICH CAN HELP SPEED UP THIS UPDATED PROCESS.

THE EUT WORKING GROUP HAS ALREADY CRAFTED A COMMUNITY INFORMED RECOMMENDATION THAT FIGHTS CLIMATE CHANGE CLEANS UP YOUR OUR LOCAL AIR, AND WORKS TO KEEP ELECTRIC BILLS AFFORDABLE.

THE WORKING GROUP'S RECOMMENDATIONS ALONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEED UP THE PROPOSED TIMELINE.

SPEEDING UP THIS TIMELINE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE NEED ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE SUMMER BEGINS SOONER AND SOONER EVERY YEAR, AND PEOPLE ARE ALREADY GETTING WORRIED ABOUT HOW OUR GRID GRID WILL HOLD UP.

WE NEED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT'LL TAKE TIME TO PROPERLY ADDRESS OUR GRID ISSUES SUCH AS LOADS LOAD ZONE PRICE SEPARATION.

YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE WILL ENSURE THAT THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE DRIVING BILL INCREASES ARE NOT DELAYED.

I URGE YOU TO DIRECT AUSTIN ENERGY TO DELIVER A FINAL RECOMMENDATION NO LATER THAN THE WEEK BEFORE THE EUC SEPTEMBER MEETING.

THIS SHOULD GIVE ENOUGH TIME FOR THE EUC TO LOOK OVER IT AND HAND IT TO Y'ALL SO Y'ALL CAN FINALLY SEE THIS UPDATE THROUGH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. COOK.

UH, MS. CORTEZ, YOU ARE NEXT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

THANK YOU.

I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS, SO YOU'LL HAVE TO BEAR WITH ME.

OKAY.

THERE I'M A LITTLE SHORT.

SO, UM, UH, MY NAME IS NORMA CORTEZ.

UH, I'M IN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO.

I LIVE IN THE KINGDOM NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, I TALK REGULARLY TO VANESSA FUENTES ABOUT A LOT OF THESE ISSUES.

UM, AND TODAY I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RESOURCE PLAN UPDATE AND RAISE SOME COMMUNITY CONCERNS FROM MY COM NEIGHBORHOOD ABOUT THE PROCESS ALREADY BEING SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED.

AND NOW ANOTHER DELAY APPEARS IN THE TIMELINE TO BE PRES PRESENTED BY AUSTIN ENERGY LEADERSHIP.

TODAY, A COMMUNITY-BASED, UH, RESOURCE PLAN UPDATE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IS ESSENTIAL NEXT STEP FOR THE CITY TO TAKE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE TO STOP ELECTRIC PIL FROM SKYROCKETING EVEN MORE, AND TO CLEAN UP OUR LOCAL POLLUTED, UM, AIR, AIR LIKE OZONE.

THERE'S SOME PRIMARY ISSUES THAT I'D LIKE TO RAISE AND ONE FIRST IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE EUC, THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION, UH, WG RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A RESOURCE PLAN UPDATE ARE THE FOUNDATION OF ANY RECOMMENDATIONS GOING FORWARD.

THE MOST IMPORTANT GOAL IS TO HAVE NO MORE FOSSIL FUEL POWER PLANTS BY 2035.

THE WG RECOMMENDED PLAN HAS ALWAYS, HAS ALREADY HAS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE APPROACH CURRENTLY POSSIBLE FOR ADDRESSING THE FAYETTE COAL PLANT.

AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT A PROBLEM THE FAYETTE COAL PLANT HAS BEEN FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

WE NEED AUSTIN ENERGY TO FOLLOW THE TIMELINE ALREADY AGREED TO AT THE EUCS LAST MEETING, TO FINISH THE UPDATE DRAFT BY SEPTEMBER.

IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE

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THAT YOU CITY COUNCIL HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE PLAN BEFORE VOTING ON IT, PLEASE CONTINUE DIRECTING AUSTIN ENERGY TO FINISH THEIR DRAFT UPDATE AND SEND IT TO COUNCIL BY SEPTEMBER.

IT THAT IS CRITICAL.

DELAY MEANS ALLOWING PROBLEMS THAT ARE DRIVING BILL INCREASES TO CONTINUE.

AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT Y'ALL, BUT I KNOW MY NEIGHBORS HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED, UH, HIGH UTILITY BILLS AND ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY MANAGING RENT, FOOD EXPENSES AND UTILITY BILLS.

SO ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO SPEED THAT PROCESS ALONG WOULD BE HELPFUL.

WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE CONSULTED FOR THE CONTENT AND SCHEDULE OF THESE, BUT THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS SHOULD NOT TAKE FIVE MONTHS.

AGAIN, FURTHER DELAYS ALLOW CURRENT PROBLEMS TO JUST CONTINUE BECAUSE A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY HAS ALREADY SPOKEN AND THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO UPDATE THE PLAN.

WE ARE CONCERNED THAT AUSTIN ENERGY HAS CHOSEN TO DELAY THE UPDATE WITH FIVE ADDITIONAL MONTHS OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THAT COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS DID NOT ASK.

THANK YOU MS. CORTEZ, YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

UM, NOW WE HAVE THE HEALTH ENDS.

BECKY, YOU ARE FIRST, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES AND WELCOME.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU.

HI, I'M BECKY HALPIN.

I'M HERE TODAY REPRESENTING THE SOCIAL ACTION MINISTRY OF OUR CHURCH, FIRST UNITARIAN IN DISTRICT NINE.

I AM ALSO HERE TO ASK YOU TO DIRECT AUSTIN ENERGY TO MOVE FORWARD IN A TIMELY MANNER WITH UPDATING THE RESOURCE PLAN SO YOU CAN CONSIDER IT, PASS IT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE PLANET IS HEATING UP, PEOPLE'S BILLS ARE GOING UP, AND OUR STINKY COAL PLANT IS PUFFING OUT POLLUTION AND HOT, HOT HOUSE GASES LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW, WHICH THERE MAY NOT BE.

IF WE DON'T GET A HANDLE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

WE NEED TO GET MOVING ON A NEW RESOURCE PLAN TO ADDRESS THESE THINGS.

IF WE DON'T PASS A RESOURCE PLAN BY THE END OF THE YEAR, IT MAY BE 2026 BEFORE THE NEW PLAN IS CONSIDERED.

AGAIN, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, NO ONE WANTS TO CONSIDER THESE THINGS WHILE A LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION.

I THINK THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE DO NOT WISH TO CONSIDER.

WHILE THE LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION, PLEASE ASK AUSTIN ENERGY TO HOLD ITS MEETINGS WITH A RESOURCE PLANNING WORKING GROUP DURING MAY AND JUNE SO THE EUC CAN GET A FINAL PLAN TO YOU IN SEPTEMBER.

IT WOULD BE VERY WONDERFUL IF THESE MEETINGS WERE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CURRENT SCHEDULE WILL LIKELY NOT ALLOW FOR COUNCIL VOTE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT A VOTE BY YEARS END IS WHAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD.

DELAYS MEAN PROBLEMS THAT DRIVE UP BILLS LIKE PRICE SEPARATION MAY NOT BE ADDRESSED COMPREHENSIVELY FOR YEARS.

IT MEANS PLANNING FOR RENEWABLE GENERATION AND STORAGE MAY LANGUISH WHEN THEY COULD BE MOVING FORWARD.

IF YOU WOULD PASS A NEW RE RESOURCE PLAN THIS YEAR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING US ALL BEAT THE SAME HORSE.

, THAT POOR OLD HORSE.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

HELLO, MR. HELPIN, HELPING.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

WELL, IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU AND, UH, OLD FRIENDS UP HERE ON THE, ON THE DS.

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN, UH, WORKING AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER FOR 30 YEARS WITH AUSTIN ENERGY, AND, UM, THE FIRST PROJECT WE GOT GOING WAS THE GREEN BUILDER PROGRAM, WHICH, AS YOU ALL KNOW, BECAME A NATIONAL MODEL PROGRAM FOR AUSTIN.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS THAT HAPPENED SO EFFECTIVELY WAS BECAUSE THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE TIME WAS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE IDEA OF THIS NEW GREEN BUILDING EFFORT.

WELL, HERE WE ARE TODAY, AND THE MOTTO IS, UM, DRIVEN BY THE COMMUNITY OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT FOR AUSTIN ENERGY.

UH, YET THE RESOURCE PLANNING PROCESS THIS YEAR WAS ANYTHING.

BUT AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, UM, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE HAVE EVER BEEN DECLINED AS A COMMUNITY TO WORK WITH THE STAFF AT AUSTIN ENERGY ON PLANNING.

THAT'S NOT COMMUNITY DRIVEN.

AND, AND I THINK WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN A LOT FARTHER WITH THESE FANTASTIC FOLKS AT THE, UH, ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION THAT YOU APPOINT, WHO ON THEIR OWN, SPENT THEIR OWN TIME COMING UP WITH A FANTASTIC PLAN FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO SAVE US MONEY AND TO SAVE OUR PLANET.

AND I HOPE THAT YOU'LL SHOW THE SAME KIND OF LEADERSHIP AND ENTHUSIASM THAT HAS MARKED AUSTIN CITY COUNCILS AS, UM, NATIONAL LEADERS IN DOING COMMON SENSE, SMART THINGS TO SAVE OUR PLANET, TO SAVE OUR COMMUNITY SERIOUSLY.

AND I AND I HAVE WORKED WITH MANY OF YOU FOR A LONG

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TIME, AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES WHERE YOUR DIRECTION TO AUSTIN ENERGY TO, TO, UM, GET THIS PROJECT BACK TO YOU BY SEPTEMBER IS A SIMPLE THING THAT CAN BE DONE THROUGH YOUR LEADERSHIP.

SO, UH, MADAM CHAIR, WITHOUT, UM, ANY HORSES IN THIS RACE AT ALL, EXCEPT THE PEOPLE'S HORSE, I TH I HOPE THAT YOU WILL LEAD AS YOUR, UH, AS THE CHAIR WOULD TO, UM, HAVE YOUR COMMITTEE PRODUCE A, UM, REQUEST TO COUNCIL TO, UH, REQUIRE AUSTIN ENERGY TO GET THIS DONE BY SEPTEMBER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. HELP.

I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UH, THERE WAS ONE SPEAKER WHO DID NOT, UM, COME, I GUESS MR. UH, GEV, I THINK IS ROSTOM GEV HERE.

ALRIGHT, GREAT.

WE WILL

[Approval of Minutes ]

MOVE ON TO APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? JANUARY 30TH, 2024.

THANK YOU.

SO COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON AND A SECOND FROM COUNCIL MEMBER, MEMBER VELA, ARE THERE ANY CHANGES OR CORRECTIONS TO THE MINUTES? UM, NO OBJECTIONS TO THE PASSAGE.

THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED.

THANK YOU.

WE NOW

[2. General Manager’s Report - Operational Update, Awards & Recognitions ]

HAVE BRIEFINGS, MR. CONN, OUR GENERAL MANAGER WITH THE GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS.

AND I HOPE YOU WILL ALSO SPEAK TO THE, UM, THE LIGHTNING AND RAINSTORM THAT WE HAVE.

I, I PLAN TO DO THAT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD MORNING, CHAIR POLL, VICE CHAIR VELA COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

UH, GOOD TO BE BACK HERE.

I THINK IT'S BEEN SINCE JANUARY WHEN WE'RE HERE, WE HAVE SOME UPDATES FOR YOU.

SO THE FIRST THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS SUMMER READINESS.

UH, I WANNA START BY SHARING WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS THE STATE AND HOW WE CAN HELP LOCALLY WITH REGARD TO SUMMER HEAT AND ENERGY USAGE.

JUST LAST WEEK, RICCA ANNOUNCED THAT THEY PREDICT MASSIVE GROWTH IN ENERGY NEEDS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, BOTH BECAUSE OF A CONTINUED POPULATION GROWTH AS AND AS WELL AS NEW INDUSTRIAL DEMANDS FROM AI, CRYPTOCURRENCY AND DATA CENTERS.

AND I THINK WHEN I WAS HERE IN JANUARY, I TALKED TO YOU ABOUT THE GROWTH BETWEEN 2020 IN 2023 IN ERCOT.

AND THAT WENT FROM 72,000 MEGAWATTS TO 85,000.

SO PABLO VEGAS, WHO'S THE CEO OF ERCOT, UH, LAST WEEK SAID WE NEED TO LOOK AT LONGER TERM PLANNING.

WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A NEW PLAN BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE WITH ALL THIS CRYPTOCURRENCY DATA CENTERS FROM 2020, IT WAS 72,000 BY 2030, THEY PREDICT WE'RE GONNA HIT, GONNA HIT ABOUT 152,000 MEGAWATTS.

THAT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE ASTOUNDING.

UH, A LOT OF PLANNING THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF.

SO ONCE AGAIN, THE STATE GRID'S GONNA BE, NEED TO BE READY FOR RECORD BREAKING HEAT AND POWER USAGE THIS SUMMER, WHICH MEANS LOCALLY WE NEED TO BE READY TO HELP WITH GRID RELIABILITY TOO.

AS YOU'RE HERE TODAY, OSSIAN ENERGY HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO MAKE OUR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM.

THE POLES AND WIRES ARE DIRECTLY SERVE CUSTOMERS MORE RESILIENT.

AND ELAINE THE SELCO WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THAT.

UH, LATER ON TODAY.

YOU MAY HAVE ALSO NOTICED AUSTIN ENERGY'S GET READY STAY READY CAMPAIGN, WHICH YOU SEE UP THERE.

OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE'VE HAD BILLBOARDS GO AROUND TOWN.

WE HAVE ADS RUNNING IN LOCAL NEWS AND GET READY, STAY READY MESSAGING ON OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS.

THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN INCREASING CUSTOMER AWARENESS FOR OUTAGE PREPARATION, AND WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO SIGN UP TO GET OUTAGES ON THEIR TEXTS.

I MENTIONED ALL OF THIS TO REMIND YOU THE LAST SUMMER, ERCOT ISSUED CALLS FOR CONSERVATION MULTIPLE TIMES, WHICH MEANS THE STATE WAS GETTING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO NEEDING MORE POWER THAN THE GRID COULD OFFER.

WHEN ERCOT ISSUES THESE CALLS FOR CONSERVATION, WE ENCOURAGE OUR CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE THEIR ENERGY USE TO HELP PREVENT STATEWIDE GRID OUTAGES.

IF ELECTRICITY DEMANDS SURPASSES SUPPLY, THAT'S WHEN ARCHIVE CAN MANDATE CONTROLLED OUTAGES, AND NONE OF US WANT THAT.

SO AS WE HEAD INTO THE SUMMER, WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU AND CONSTITUENTS PREPARE AND BE READY TO RESPOND.

WE'RE ALSO WORKING CLOSELY WITH HESS I AND OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS FOR MONTHLY POPUP EVENTS ACROSS THE CITY TO HELP PREPARE OUR COMMUNITY FOR THE MANY CHALLENGES WE MIGHT FACE.

SO I, I'D LIKE TO SHARE SOME GOOD NEWS JUST FOR A MINUTE HERE.

UH, RECENTLY THE SIERRA CLUB RECOGNIZE AUSTIN ENERGY IS THE HIGHEST SCORING ELECTRIC PROVIDER IN THE STATE ON ITS TEXAS CLEAN ENERGY SCORECARD.

LEMME SAY THAT AGAIN.

UH, THE SIERRA CLUB HAS RECOGNIZED AUSTIN ENERGY AS THE HIGHEST SCORING ELECTRIC PROVIDER IN THE STATE ON ITS TEXAS CLEAN ENERGY SCORECARD.

THIS RECOGNITION ACKNOWLEDGES

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AUSTIN ENERGY'S LEADERSHIP IN CLEAN ENERGY AND DEMAND SIDE INVESTMENTS AND THE STRIDES WE'VE MADE AS A COMMUNITY.

THE NEXT THING I WANNA TALK ABOUT IS OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK TURNED RECOGNITION AS A NUMBER ONE WEBSITE OUT OF 93 UTILITIES, THAT'S PRETTY DARN GOOD FOR OUR HOMEPAGE AND OUTAGE INFORMATION.

YOU KNOW, AS A RESULT OF MARA, UH, WHICH I DON'T REALLY WANT TO GET INTO TODAY, UH, WE'VE DOUBLED OR TRIPLED THE CAPACITY OF OUR OUTAGE MAP TO HANDLE PROBLEMS. AND IT WORKED GREAT OVER THE WEEKEND.

UH, I THINK AS YOU SEE, AS SUMMER BEGINS, WE ARE WELL PREPARED TO KEEP OUR CUSTOMERS INFORMED.

AND PROBABLY THE BEST NEWS THAT Y'ALL HAVE READ ABOUT IN THE PAPER IS THAT AUSTIN ENERGY WON A PIECE OF THE $250 MILLION SOLAR FOR ALL FEDERAL GRANT FROM THE EPA.

WE APPLIED FOR THIS GRANT AS PART OF A TEXAS COALITION OF WITH OTHER ENTITIES LIKE THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND OTHERS.

AND WE PLAN TO USE THIS FUNDING TO EXPAND ACCESS TO ROOFTOP AND COMMUNITY SOLAR, HELPING LOWER CUSTOMER BILLS BY MORE THAN 20% IN SPECIFIC LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES.

WE PLAN TO CREATE GOOD J GOOD GREEN JOBS VIA LOCALLY TRAINED WORKFORCE.

WE CAN REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION BY EXPANDING GREEN ENERGY USAGE IN AUSTIN AREA AND FOSTER COMMUNITY RESILIENCE THROUGH BATTERY BACKUP SYSTEMS, ESPECIALLY BENEFITING MVR, MEDICALLY VULNERABLE CITIZENS.

UH, LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STORM THAT WE HAD OVER THE WEEKEND, IF THAT'S OKAY.

UM, SO THIS, THIS, THE SUNDAY MORNING STORM HIT AUSTIN HARD.

THIS IS HOT OFF THE PRESS.

AND OUTAGES BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

HIGH WINDS, LIGHTNING AND HEAVY RAINFALL IN A SHORT TIME PERIOD CAUSED A LOT OF DAMAGE, WHOLE TREES AND LARGE LIMBS ON WIRE, BROKEN POLES AND DAMAGED TRANSFORMERS.

UH, ONE THING YOU'RE PROBABLY WONDERING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, OUR BIG THING IS OUR VEGETATIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, WHICH WE'RE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON AND MAKING A LOT OF GOOD PROGRESS ON.

BUT, UH, WHEN A TREE FALLS THAT, YOU KNOW, VEGETATIVE MANAGEMENT DOESN'T HELP MUCH WITH THAT BECAUSE THE TREE FALLS MUCH FURTHER THAN WE WOULD'VE TRIMMED.

SO THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE ON PEOPLE'S MINDS.

SO AT THE PEAK OF THE STORM, THERE WERE 19,200 PEOPLE THAT WERE AFFECTED.

THAT HAPPENED ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

UH, AUSTIN ENERGY CREWS RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY AND AFFECTED CUSTOMERS, UH, FELL BELOW 5,000 BY NOON AT ONE POINT THERE WERE 94 ACTIVE OUTAGES.

AND, AND THE THING THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT WITH THESE OUTAGES, WHEN THERE'S SO MANY OF THEM, A LOT OF TIMES YOU'LL SEE FIVE OR SIX OUTAGES AND MAYBE FOUR OR 5,000 PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED.

BUT WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE INDIVIDUAL OUTAGES, ONESIES AND TWOSIES, IT'S JUST A LOT MORE LABOR INTENSIVE TO GO AROUND AND HANDLE EACH ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALLY.

AND EACH ONE OF THOSE FACE, YOU KNOW, IT, IT CAN BE DANGEROUS AND COMPLEX TO HANDLE EACH ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALLY.

AT ONE POINT, LIKE I SAID, THERE WERE 94 ACTIVE OUTAGES.

ALL IN ALL, WE RESTORED OVER 31,500 INTERRUPTED CUSTOMERS IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.

CREWS WORKED OVERNIGHT THROUGH MONDAY, UH, TO GET THE LAST CUSTOMERS RESTORED.

UH, WE CONTACTED CUSTOMERS, WE EXPECT IT WOULD NOT BE RESTORED UNTIL MONDAY.

WE DID THAT, UH, SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

CUSTOMERS WERE APPRECIATIVE OF THAT INFORMATION.

42 CUSTOMERS ON THE MVR MEDICALLY VULNERABLE REGISTRY WERE AFFECTED BY THE OUTAGES.

ALL WERE RESTORED ON SUNDAY WITH ALL BUT ONE CUSTOMER OUT FOR LESS THAN 24 MINUTES.

AUSTIN ENERGY POSTED SOCIAL UPDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND VIA THE ALERT RIBBON AND COORDINATED WITH MEDIA WITH FROM SEVERAL OUTLETS.

CUSTOMERS SIGNED UP FOR ALERTS, RECEIVE TEXTS.

TEXTS, AND THE OUTAGE MAP PERFORMED AS EXPECTED.

AND I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

WE DO HAVE LINDA RIF AND LISA MARTIN HERE.

THEY'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THE PROCESS WE PLAN TO FOLLOW, UH, WITH THE GENERATION RESOURCE PLAN.

I KNOW YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOME QUESTION ON THIS, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS, OUR GOAL IS TO BE BACK BY THE UC BY SEPTEMBER AND TO HAVE YOU ALL VOTE ON SOMETHING BY DECEMBER.

OKAY.

I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

UH, YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER ALLISON ALTER.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.

UM, FIRST I WANNA THANK STAFF FOR THE UPDATES THAT WE RECEIVED, UM, DURING THE HEAVY WINDS AND, AND THE STORM AFTERMATH ON SUNDAY.

UM, AS YOU JUST NOTED, AND AS IT WAS MENTIONED IN THOSE UPDATES, WE HAD, YOU KNOW, WHOLE TREES FALLING OVER.

UM, AND SO I WAS WONDERING WHERE IS AE IN EXAMINING TREES DURING REGULAR TRIMMING TO DETERMINE IF THERE'S A NEED TO REMOVE TREES WEAKENED FROM YURI AND MARA, UM, FOLLOWED BY A VERY HOT SUMMER.

UM, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE THIS MAY BE AN ONGOING ISSUE AND WE MAY NEED TO UPDATE OUR PROTOCOLS FOR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT TO AT LEAST BE INSPECTING THE TREES.

UM,

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OFTENTIMES THOSE WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE A E'S RESPONSIBILITY.

BUT IF WE ARE OUT THERE WITH ARBORISTS AND WHATNOT AND WE ARE EXPERIENCING THIS ON A REGULAR BASIS, UM, IT SEEMS LIKE WE MIGHT NEED TO BE DOING SOME ADDITIONAL EXAMINATION OF NEARBY TREES BY OUR LINES.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE'RE DOING? HOW ARE WE, HOW ARE WE THINKING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND WHAT CAN BE DONE? UH, I AGREE THAT IS A CONCERN.

I, I THINK A FEW MONTHS AGO WE HAD A RAINSTORM THAT HAD MORE OUTAGES AND WE MAY HAVE THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN.

AND I THINK THAT WAS A HANGOVER FROM OUR ALSO WHERE SOME TREES WERE GOING DOWN WHEN YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT THAT TO HAPPEN.

SO I AGREE, UH, THE TREE CANOPY HAS ISSUES AND I WILL TALK TO OUR PEOPLE THAT WORK ON THE VEGETATIVE MANAGEMENT AND, AND OUR, AND SEE WHAT WE NEED TO DO ABOUT THAT.

THANK YOU.

I MEAN, I THINK WE HAVE A, A GENERAL SENSE THAT THIS POINT, OUR TREE CANOPY IS VERY STRESSED AND IT'S NOT OPERATING AS IT WE NORMALLY EXPECT IT TO.

AND, AND OBVIOUSLY IF OUR, IF OUR, IF OUR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLANS DON'T INVOLVE, YOU KNOW, WHOLE TREES, WHICH THAT MAKES SENSE.

BUT IF, IF WE ARE GONNA EXPERIENCE THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WE MAY NEED TO HAVE SOME, SOME PROCESSES INTERNALLY AND MAYBE SOME MESSAGING THAT HELPS PEOPLE TO CHECK THEIR OWN TREES, UM, SO THAT WE CAN AVOID AS MANY OF THESE INSTANCES AS POSSIBLE.

UM, SO I APPRECIATE THE FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

UM, MY SECOND QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH THE, THE ISSUES THAT, UM, AL BRADEN RAISED ABOUT THE LONG RANGE PLAN.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WHEN MR. RILEY WAS INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER, UM, WE SPOKE ABOUT AND UM, YOU KNOW, THE IDEA THAT I HAD FLOATED WAS WE HAVE A WATER FORWARD FOR OUR AUSTIN WATER, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS OUR LONG RANGE PLANNING FOR AUSTIN ENERGY? AND MAYBE A HUNDRED YEARS ISN'T THE APPROPRIATE, UH, LENGTH FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY, BUT RIGHT NOW WE ONLY HAVE THE GENERATION PLANT, OR AT LEAST THAT THAT COUNCIL IS LOOKING AT.

AND IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT WORK WAS UNDERWAY.

UM, BUT THAT THERE WOULD, THAT WOULD BE COMING TO US AFTER THE GEN PLAN WAS RESOLVED.

UM, CAN YOU PROVIDE A STATUS OF THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND, AND WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THAT LONG RANGE PLANNING AND WHAT WE AS COUNSEL MIGHT EXPECT? WELL, SO I'M NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS THAT THEY TALKING ABOUT, BUT YOU KNOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BUILDING DISPATCHABLE GENERATION, WHICH, WHICH IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, I, I KNOW THE CARBON FREEZE TO 2035, BUT THAT'S A 50 YEAR PLAN WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BUILDING GENERATION OUT THERE OR SOLAR OR WIND.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR, OUR TRANSMISSION PLANS, THOSE ARE 40, 50 YEAR PLANS.

SO, UH, TRY NOT TO GET FOCUSED ON CARBON FREE BY 2035.

'CAUSE WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING GOES OUT 40 AND 50 YEARS.

OKAY, THIS MAY BE A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO CONTINUE OUTSIDE OF HERE, BUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE GENERATION, WE HAVE TRANSMISSION, WE HAVE DISTRIBUTION.

MM-HMM , WE MAY HAVE LOTS OF INDIVIDUAL PLANS.

UM, BUT IF WE ARE GOING TO, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME UP IN THE DISCUSSIONS THAT AT THE EUC OVER THE GENERATION PLAN IS THAT SOME OF OUR RELIABILITY PROBLEMS HAVE TO DO WITH TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION, NOT WITH GENERATION.

AND SO YOU CAN'T JUST SOLVE 'EM WITH THE ONE, THE ONE PIECE.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE DON'T, WE DON'T GET TO BLESS THE TRANSMISSION PLAN OR, OR MAKE, UM, ANY SORT OF POLICY GUIDANCE FOR IT OR, UM, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT SURE THAT JUST A BUNCH OF SMALLER PLANS ON THE DIFFERENT, OR THEY'RE NOT SMALL 'CAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE HUNDREDS OF PAGES.

BUT, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT WITHOUT THAT SORT OF MORE COHERENT PLAN, IF WE ARE REALLY GOING TO LAND WHERE WE NEED TO DO TO LAND TO SOLVE ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS. 'CAUSE IT'S NOT JUST GENERATION THAT'S GONNA GET US THERE.

AND SO I THINK THAT'S A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE.

WE PROBABLY IN THE SHORT RUN NEED TO GET THE GENERATION PLAN DONE.

AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR YOU'RE SAYING THAT IT WILL BE TO THE UC BY SEPTEMBER.

UM, BUT I DO THINK THAT WE, UM, NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT LONGER RANGE PLANNING LOOKS LIKE AND HOW, HOW THE COMMUNITY'S ENGAGED IN THAT AND, AND WHERE, WHERE THAT IS.

UM, AND, AND LOVE TO HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW WE, HOW WE GET THERE.

SO, SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE, THAT WAS IN YOUR 2020 RESOLUTION THAT YOU PASSED, ASKED US TO COME UP WITH A TRANSMISSION PLAN AND IN JULY THAT WAS PRESENTED TO US.

AND OF COURSE THAT HAS TO MESH WITH WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH EACH GENERATION GOING FORWARD.

SO WE ABSOLUTELY PLAN TO WORK THOSE TWO TOGETHER.

THE TRANSMISSION PLAN, THE GENERATION PLAN, THE RESILIENCE, RELIABILITY, IT ALL HAS TO GO TOGETHER.

BUT WE'LL BE GLAD TO SIT IN YOUR OFFICE AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT IT.

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THANK YOU.

YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN AL ALTER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, I JUST WANNA ECHO, UH, YOUR, YOUR STAFFS REACHING OUT TO US, UH, VERY PROACTIVELY THIS WEEKEND.

I WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

MY KIDS GOT TO PLAY WITH THEIR FLASHLIGHTS, SO IT WASN'T ALL BAD.

BUT, UH, I REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, Y'ALL REACHING OUT, YOU KNOW, PROACTIVELY AND, AND ROUTINELY, YOU KNOW, I GOT MULTIPLE EMAILS ABOUT, UH, WHAT WAS GOING ON AND, AND UNFORTUNATELY JUST 'CAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF THE STORM, UH, DISTRICT FIVE DID HAVE QUITE A BIT OF IMPACT, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, Y'ALL DID YOUR JOB AND, AND PEOPLE GOT BACK, UH, IN BUSINESS.

SO I REALLY JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I WANTED TO ASK YOU, AS IT RELATES TO THE SOLAR FOR ALL GRANT, IS THAT, UM, COMPONENT OR IS THAT A PIECE THAT IS RELATED TO THE, UH, STANDARD OFFER THAT Y'ALL ARE WORKING ON? DO THOSE TWO THINGS WORK TOGETHER OR IS THE STANDARD OFFER ISSUE PROGRAM COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE SOLAR ALL GRANT? I WOULD GUESS IT'S SEPARATE, BUT MAYBE COMING UP JUST GO UNDER, YOU CAN GO UNDER SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

OKAY.

HELLO, I'M TIM HARVEY, I'M THE CUSTOMER, RE CUSTOMER RENEWABLE SOLUTIONS MANAGER AT AUSTIN ENERGY.

UM, THE TWO ARE SEPARATE.

OKAY.

SO SOLAR FOR ALL, UM, TARGETS LOW INCOME AND LOOKS TO DEPLOY SOLAR AND STORAGE AT LOW INCOME, UM, DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES ON RESIDENTIAL HOMES AND MULTIFAMILY.

THE STANDARD OFFER IS A WAY, UM, TO HELP TO FACILITATE MORE, UM, POTENTIALLY A COMMUNITY SOLAR PORTFOLIO.

UM, SO IT'S A, IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

THE TWO HAVE DIFFERENT SOURCES OF MONEY.

UM, SO WE HAVE TO TRACK THE SOLAR FOR ALL INDEPENDENTLY, BUT IT'S A STRATEGY FOR PROCUREMENT TO BUILD THAT PORTFOLIO.

OKAY.

AND WHERE ARE WE ON THE STANDARD OFFER? WHEN DO WE THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE READY? YEAH, SO WE, WE'VE HAD, UH, SEVERAL, UM, STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS.

UM, WE'RE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE PRICING IT CORRECTLY SO THAT WE'RE NOT, UM, YOU KNOW, PUTTING OUT A PRICE THAT'S TOO LOW THAT DOESN'T, THAT DOESN'T MEET THE MARKET, UM, OR ONE THAT'S TOO HIGH THAT MAY CAUSE A FLOOD OF, OF PARTICIPATION, WHICH WOULD, WOULD BE A, A PROBABLY A GOOD PROBLEM.

I THINK WHAT'S PROB LIKELY TO HAPPEN IS, UM, YOU KNOW, OUR UPPER THRESHOLD IS PROBABLY HOPEFULLY, UM, IN LINE WITH THE LOWER THRESHOLD OF THE MARKET.

UM, IF, IF WE'RE LUCKY, UM, IT, IT, IT COULD BE THAT OUR UPPER THRESHOLD DOESN'T MAKE THE MARKET HAPPEN YET.

SO, UM, BUT WE'LL, WE'LL PRICE THAT, UM, ACCORDING TO OUR AVOIDED COST AND, UH, TRY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

AND, AND I'M SORRY IF I, IF YOU SAID IT, ARE WE EXPECTING A CERTAIN MONTH THIS YEAR OR WHAT WE'RE, WE'RE TARGETING? OCTOBER.

OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

WELL, THAT'S ALL I HAVE ON THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIR.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, MR. CONN, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE NO MORE QUESTIONS.

[3. Staff briefing on Distribution Resilience Program Overview by Elaine Veselka, Vice President, Electric System Engineering and Technical Services. ]

WE CAN MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER THREE, WHICH IS THE STAFF BRIEFING ON DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW.

AND THIS IS ELAINE VIELKA, OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ELECTRIC SYSTEM ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

WELCOME.

SO I'M ELAINE VIELKA, VICE PRESIDENT OF ELECTRIC SYSTEM ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES.

AND TODAY I WANT TO, UH, GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW OF OUR DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS THE TERMS RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCE ARE SOMETIMES USED INTERCHANGEABLY, I WANTED TO START OFF BY PROVIDING, UH, DEFINITIONS FOR EACH, BOTH IN THE TRADITIONAL DICTIONARY SENSE AS WELL AS THE, UH, ELECTRIC UTILITY APPLICATION RELIABILITY SPEAKS TO CONSISTENT, CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMANCE AS INTENDED RESILIENCY IS HOW THINGS, UH, HOW WELL THINGS REACT TO OR RECOVER FROM NON-STANDARD EVENTS.

WITH REGARD TO OUR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AT A HIGH LEVEL, WE BUILD, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE THE SYSTEM TO PROVIDE STABLE AND CONSISTENT SERVICE.

THIS IS RELIABILITY, RESILIENCE TAKES RELIABILITY ONE STEP FURTHER, IT INCLUDES SYSTEM AUTOMATION, HARDENING OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A SELF-HEALING SYSTEM.

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SO WHEN WE SPEAK TO AUSTIN ENERGY'S DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE PROGRAM, IT'S A TOTAL OF OUR RELIABILITY EFFORTS PLUS ADDITIONAL, UH, RESILIENCE EFFORTS.

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WE STRIVE NOT TO ONLY IMPROVE RELIABILITY, BUT TO MINIMIZE IMPACTS FROM EVENTS THAT COULD CAUSE FREQUENT OR LONG DURATION OUTAGES.

AND I'LL BE DIVING INTO, UH, EACH OF THESE SPECIFICS IN THE COMING SLIDES.

NEXT SLIDE.

I ALSO WANTED TO GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW AND EXPLANATION OF AUSTIN.

IN AUSTIN ENERGY'S DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM.

THE POWER COMES IN FROM THE GENERATION SOURCES, SOURCES AT A HIGH VOLTAGE LEVEL AND TRAVELS ACROSS THE TRANSMISSION LINES TO SUBSTATIONS WHERE THE VOLTAGE IS STEPPED DOWN TO A LEVEL THAT POWERS OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

THE POWER THEN GOES OUT ACROSS OUR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AND THAT'S EVERYTHING TO THE RIGHT OF THE BLUE ARROWS ON THE SLIDE.

AND OUR AUSTIN ENERGY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CONSISTS OF, OF OVER 12,000 MILES OF DISTRIBUTION LINE.

5,000 MILES OF THAT IS OVERHEAD AND 7,000 MILES OF THAT IS ACTUALLY UNDERGROUND.

WE HAVE OVER 88,000 TRANSFORMERS AND OVER 160,000 POLES.

NEXT SLIDE.

WITH REGARD TO RELIABILITY OF OUR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, COMPARED TO THE TEXAS INDUSTRY AVERAGE AUSTIN ENERGY IS ABOUT TWICE AS RELIABLE IN TERMS OF THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DURATIONS PER CUSTOMER PER YEAR, WHICH IS ON THE LEFT, AND THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF INTERRUPTIONS WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN, WHICH IS THE INFORMATION ON THE RIGHT.

HOWEVER, WE KNOW OUR CUSTOMERS DON'T COMPARE US TO THE TEXAS AVERAGE.

THEY FEEL WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE, UM, IN THEIR LIVES.

SO WE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPECIFIC TREND LINES FOR THESE INDICES.

THE TREND LINES AT THE BOTTOM OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS BEGIN TO TICK IN THE WRONG DIRECTION UP.

AND WITH THESE, AND THESE INDUSTRY METRICS DON'T INCLUDE MAJOR EVENT DAYS SUCH AS THE MAJOR ICE STORMS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.

WE KNOW CUSTOMERS VERY MUCH FEEL THE IMPACTS OF THOSE EVENTS, AND WE KNOW THAT EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS SEEM TO BE COMING MORE FREQUENT AND MORE NORMAL.

AS YOU CAN SEE THE TREND LINE ON THE VERY FAR RIGHT, WE HAVE STARTED MOVING THE NEEDLE DOWN, WHICH IS A GOOD THING.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE THAT PROGRESS WITH OUR RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCY EFFORTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

TO PROMOTE RELIABILITY, WE COMPLETE GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE ON A REGULAR BASIS, WHICH INCLUDES RESOLUTION OF IDENTIFIED ISSUES SUCH AS A BROKE, BROKEN CROSS ARM, UM, OR REPLACING UNDERPERFORMING EQUIPMENT.

AND WE OPERATE THE SYSTEM AS DESIGNED AND BUILT AND ENSURE ADHERENCE TO UTILITY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS SUCH AS MAINTAINING PROPER CLEARANCES.

WE COMPLETE ONGOING ENGINEERING STUDIES AND AS YOU ARE AWARE, WE ARE MOVING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT WORK TO THE UTILITY STANDARD SEVEN YEAR CYCLE.

WE ALSO UTILIZE MANUAL RECONFIGURATION OF THE SYSTEM WHEN NECESSARY TO SAFELY COMPLETE MAINTENANCE WORK WITHOUT HAVING TO INTERRUPT POWER TO OUR CUSTOMERS.

NEXT SLIDE.

NOW A LOOK AT RESILIENCE.

SOME OF OUR CORE RESILIENCE WORK IS COMPLETED ON CIRCUITS.

SO YOU CAN THINK OF CIRCUITS AS A MAIN LINE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION POWER DELIVERY.

THEY'RE THE PRIMARY LINES COMING OUT OF A SUBSTATION.

INDIVIDUAL CIRCUITS CAN VARY IN LENGTH, UM, FROM, YOU KNOW, VERY SMALL TO OVER 20 MILES LONG.

AND WE HAVE 437 CIRCUITS.

ONE OF OUR MAJOR DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE EFFORTS IS THE CIRCUIT HARDENING PROGRAM.

IT IS A TOTAL END-TO-END REHABILITATION OF AN ENTIRE CIRCUIT.

AND YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY, PREVIOUSLY HEARD THIS REFERRED TO AS UNDERPERFORMING FEEDERS.

UM, AND TOP WILDFIRE CIRCUITS WORK.

THE CIRCUIT HARDENING PROGRAM INVOLVES MULTIPLE GROUPS AND DIVISIONS IN AUSTIN ENERGY AND IT'S A HIGHLY COORDINATED EFFORT.

SO STARTING IN BOX ONE, THE WORK, UH, BEGINS WITH A REVIEW OF ANY EXISTING PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE TICKETS, THEN A COMPLETE VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE ENTIRE CIRCUIT, WHICH IS BOX TWO, BOXES THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE CAN, CAN OCCUR CONCURRENTLY.

AND THEY, UM, INCLUDE ENGINEERING STUDIES TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE ENHANCEMENTS.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT WORK IS COMPLETED AS NECESSARY, AND WE ALSO DO A POLL REVIEW.

GROUPS THEN REVIEW, UH, BEGIN THE FIELD WORK TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION MORATORIUMS DURING OAK WILKE OR BIRD HABITAT SEASONS.

UM, AND THE FINAL STEP IS ENSURING OUR INTERNAL SYSTEMS ARE UPDATED TO REFLECT THE COMPLETED WORK.

NEXT SLIDE.

WHEREAS THE CIRCUIT HARDENING PROGRAM COVERS THE ENTIRE CIRCUIT, WE RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO RESPOND TO SMALLER SCALE ISSUES OR AREAS WHERE FREQUENT OUTAGES OR REPEAT MOMENTARY OUTAGES OCCUR.

FOR THIS TACTICAL APPROACH, IDENTIFIED AREAS ARE PRIORITI PRIORITIZED, CONSIDERING PARAMETERS SUCH AS, UH, CRITICAL LOADS IN THE AREA, OPEN MAINTENANCE TICKETS, AND A HIGH NUMBER OF REPEAT OUTAGES.

THE IDENTIFIED AREAS THEN GO THROUGH ENGINEERING STUDIES TO

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REDESIGN, UM, THE AREA UP TO CURRENT SPECIFICATIONS AND IDENTIFY EQUIPMENT THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP AND ADDRESS AREA SPECIFIC CONCERNS.

THE NECESSARY WORK IS THEN SCHEDULED AND SOLUTIONS ARE IMPLEMENTED.

NEXT SLIDE.

AUSTIN ENERGY'S DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE PRO, PRO, UH, PROGRAM ALSO LOOKS AT ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ADD TECHNOLOGY, AUTOMATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE SYSTEM TO HELP IT BOUNCE BACK FROM UNEXPECTED EVENTS.

EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE ADDITION OF, OF INTELLIGENT PROGRAMMABLE DEVICES SUCH AS RECLOSERS THAT ALLOW A TEMPORARY FAULT ON A CIRCUIT TO QUICKLY CLEAR PREVENTING SUSTAINED OUTAGES.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE ADDITION OF COVERED CONDUCTOR, UM, TO PREVENT ISSUES, UM, AND IMPLEMENTATION, UH, USING TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS OUR PANO AI, WHICH IS, UM, THE CAMERAS THAT HELP US SCAN OUR SERVICE TERRITORY FOR POTENTIAL FIRES.

DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCY ALSO INCLUDES POLE REINFORCEMENT, RE PLACEMENT, ONGOING REVIEWS OF NEW DESIGN METHODOLOGIES AND NEW MATERIALS BENCHMARKING WITH OTHER UTILITIES ON RESILIENCY AND PARTNERING ACROSS THE UTILITY AND WITH OUR CUSTOMERS ON RESILIENCE EFFORTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND FINALLY, SOME ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

OUR UNDERGROUNDING FEASIBILITY AND OVERHEAD HARDENING STUDIES ARE UNDERWAY WITH FINAL REPORTS EXPECTED AT THE END OF CALENDAR YEAR 2024.

THE RESULTS WILL HELP TO INFORM OUR NEXT STEPS ON UNDERGROUNDING OPTIONS AND OVERHEAD HARDENING IMPROVEMENTS.

WE'RE ALSO ACTIVELY PURSUING A GRID RESILIENCE AND INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP GRANT, KNOWN AS A GRIP GRANT FROM THE DOE TO INCREASE CIRCUIT REHABILITATION AND AUTOMATION.

OUR APPLICATION IS PENDING WITH MORE DETAILS ON THAT COMING SOON, AND WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AS THEY ARISE TO INCREASE RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCY.

THAT IS THE END OF MY PRESENTATION QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, ELAINE.

UH, UH, GOOD PRESENTATION.

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU ON THE SLIDE THAT IS THE RESILIENCE, THE DISTRIBUTION RESILIENCE.

UM, IS THAT THE SAME AS, UM, COULD YOU TALK ABOUT DISTRIBUTION SECTIONAL AND THEN TALK ABOUT THAT WITH REGARD TO, FOR EXAMPLE, AFTER, DURING YURI, BECAUSE THIS WAS A GRID, UH, AND AN ERCOT GENERATION PROBLEM, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO ROTATE OUR OUTAGES, WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR US TO RESPOND AS NIMBLY AS AUSTIN ENERGY AND THE COUNCIL OBVIOUSLY WOULD'VE WOULD'VE, UM, PREFERRED.

COULD YOU TALK ABOUT DISTRIBUTION SEXUALIZATION AND THE ROTATION OF OUTAGES? SURE.

UH, DISTRIBUTION SECTION FICTIONALIZATION REFERS TO, UM, INSTALLING A RECLOSER KIND OF UPSTREAM OF MAYBE A CRITICAL LOAD, KIND OF DIVIDING THE CIRCUIT INTO SMALLER PORTIONS, UM, WHERE ACTIVITIES THAT CAN THEN, UM, TAKE PLACE AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO IMPACT THE WHOLE CIRCUIT.

AND, AND I DID MENTION THAT, UM, AFTER WINTER STORM URI IN 2021, THERE WAS, THERE WAS SOME WORK DONE, UM, AS PART OF THE AFTER ACTION REPORT ON, UH, SEGMENTING CIRCUITS.

UM, THE CHALLENGE IN AUSTIN IS IT'S A VERY DENSE ENVIRONMENT WITH A LOT OF CRITICAL LOAD AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, TO THE, TO IT'S, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT, UM, IF THAT WE WOULD GET A, A BIG BANG FOR OUR BUCK, UM, CONTINUING TO FOCUS PAST THE ONES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE.

BUT IT IS PART OF OUR ONGOING EFFORT.

SO, AS YOU KNOW, THE ARROW THAT SHOWED THE CIRCUIT HARDENING PROGRAM, AND AS WE'RE DOING THAT AND GOING THROUGH THE, THE TACTICAL, UH, UH, IMPROVEMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE, THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE LOOK AT.

IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSTALL MORE RECLOSERS OR DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY TO ALLOW THE CIRCUIT TO BE OPERATED DIFFERENTLY IMPACTING LESS CUSTOMERS.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR MS. BIELKA? YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT, UH, RECONDUCTORING AND WHERE IT FITS IN.

I KNOW IT'S MORE OF A TRANSMISSION THAN A DISTRIBUTION QUESTION, BUT, UM, HOW DOES THAT PLAY INTO OUR RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCY GOALS AND QUESTIONS? AND WHAT KIND OF PLANS DO WE HAVE AROUND RECONDUCTORING EITHER FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OR TRANSMISSION SIDE? UM, ON THE TRANSMISSION SIDE, WE HAVE DONE SOME RECONDUCTORING EFFORTS WITH USING COMPOSITE CORE.

UM, IT, UM, INCREASES LONGEVITY AND, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF A COST, BUT YOU, YOU GET THE, THE BENEFIT ON THE OTHER SIDE.

SO THAT'S NOW PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT, AS PART OF THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, IS THERE SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE DIFFERENTLY USING DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT? UM, THAT'S KIND OF A LITTLE BIT, UM, LONG, LONGER PROCESS.

UM, WE HAVE TO PUT THAT THROUGH OUR UTILITY STANDARDS DEPARTMENT.

IT HAS TO BE LOOKED AT.

WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER UTILITIES ARE DOING TO MAKE, UM, ANY OVERHEAD, UM, LINE MORE

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RESILIENT, MORE RELIABLE.

OKAY.

DOES THAT HELP? IT DOES.

AND I, I HAD HEARD, UM, I WAS LISTENING TO SOMETHING ABOUT RECONDUCTORING AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT EVEN JUST THE TOWER CONFIGURATION CAN BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THE LINES, YOU MIGHT HAVE LIGHTER LINES THAT DON'T HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF SAG OR, OR WHATNOT.

I'M, I WAS JUST CURIOUS IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE SEE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP WITH SOME OF OUR ISSUES HERE LOCALLY OR IF THAT'S KIND OF NOT GONNA HELP US IN THIS QUESTION.

I, I, I THINK LOOKING AT HOW EVERYTHING IS DESIGNED AND WHAT EQUIPMENT CAN BE USED, THAT'S ALL PART OF OUR RESILIENCY PROCESS AND, AND PART OF THAT ENGINEERING AND COORDINATION STUDIES, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S HOW CAN IT BE DESIGNED, BUILT AND NEW AND DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT USED, UM, TO PROMOTE RELIABILITY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MM-HMM.

WEST YOUR VALLEY.

THANK YOU.

UM, FOR THOSE OF US WHO AREN'T ENGINEERS, COULD, COULD YOU, UH, DEFINE A RECONDUCTORING OR EXPLAIN WHAT RECONDUCTORING IS? UM, YOU KNOW, WITH, WITH REGARD TO, LIKE I MENTIONED, UM, ON THE TRANSMISSION LINE, RECONDUCTORING IS, IS BASICALLY USING DIFFERENT, DIFFERENT CABLE DIFFERENT LINE.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT, IT, IT COULD BE COVERED CONDUCTOR, UM, WHICH IS, WHICH IS COVERED WITH A, UM, MORE ROBUST MATERIAL THAT MAYBE WILL PREVENT, UM, IMPACTS FROM THINGS TOUCHING THE LINES SUCH AS BALLOONS.

IT COULD BE ON THE TRANSMISSION SIDE USING SOMETHING THAT'S COMPOSITE CORE.

AND I AM NOT AN ENGINEER, UNFORTUNATELY .

SO, UM, I'M USING COMPOSITE CORE, UH, WHICH, UH, INCREASES THE, UM, HOW, HOW LONG IT LASTS AND HOW, HOW WELL IT CONDUCTS ELECTRICITY.

SO, YOU KNOW, I, AGAIN, KIND OF AS, AS RESILIENCY DEVELOPS, UH, FOR THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY BECAUSE EVERYONE'S BEING IMPACTED BY THESE WEATHER EVENTS, I THINK WE'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO, TO LOOK AT OUR EQUIPMENT AND, AND MAYBE INSTALL THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

ALRIGHT.

AND WITH REGARD TO THE UNDERGROUND FEASIBILITY AND OVERHEAD HARDENING STUDY, UH, WHAT'S THE, THE SCOPE OF THAT? WHAT, WHAT DO WE EXPECT TO NOT, NOT THE ACTUAL, YOU KNOW, RESULTS THEMSELVES, BUT KIND OF WHAT'S THE REPORT GOING TO, TO LOOK LIKE MORE OR LESS? UM, THERE COUNCIL RESOLUTION CONTAINED A VARIETY OF, UM, COMPONENTS TO BE LOOKED AT, RIGHT? UM, EVERYTHING FROM CUSTOMER RATE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS TO PRIORITIZATION.

SO, UM, WE, THE VENDOR HAS ALL THAT INFORMATION AND IS, IS LOOKING AT EVERYTHING.

UM, YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY I THINK IT WILL COME OUT.

UM, THEY'LL, THEY'LL BE DOING SOME SITE STUDIES, UH, ACROSS OUR SERVICE TERRITORY.

UM, AND WE'RE HOPING IT WILL JUST ARM US ALL WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE COST, ON, ON CUSTOMER IMPACT.

UM, THERE, THERE WILL BE SOME AREAS BECAUSE OF TERRAIN, UM, ROCK, OTHER THINGS, YOU KNOW, WHERE IT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

SO WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THOSE AREAS? UM, HOPEFULLY COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION THAT WE CAN THEN USE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS.

MM-HMM.

.

AND, UH, AND MY, MY SENSE WOULD BE BECAUSE I, I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE REQUESTS WAS TO SEE WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE IF WE WENT UNDERGROUND SYSTEM WIDE.

YEAH.

RIGHT.

AND, UH, ARE WE ALSO GONNA GET KIND OF SUBCATEGORIES OF THAT? UH, AND AGAIN, THINKING, I'M THINKING OF, OF A PROJECT CONNECT AND THE LIGHT RAIL, AGAIN, I KNOW RIGHT AT THIS POINT IT'S ONLY GOING UP TO 38TH, BUT YOU KNOW, THE LONG TERM PLAN WOULD BE TO GET IT UP TO, UH, OR I SHOULD SAY THE MEDIUM TERM PLAN WOULD BE, UH, TO GET IT UP TO, UH, UH, CRESTVIEW.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND WE HAVE THOSE, UM, THE DISTRIBUTION, I'M SORRY, THE TRANSMISSION LINES STARTING AT, YOU KNOW, UH, UH, 51ST AND GOING UP TO, UH, CRESTVIEW.

I WAS WONDERING AS PART OF THE SCOPE OF THE STUDY THAT IN PARTICULAR, JUST AGAIN, GIVEN THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECT CONNECT, GIVEN THE KIND OF RIGHTAWAY CONSTRAINTS, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO GET AN IDEA OF WHAT THAT SEGMENT IN PARTICULAR, UH, WHAT IT WOULD COST TO, YOU KNOW, BURY THAT SEGMENT OF, UH, TRANSMISSION LINES IN PARTICULAR.

AGAIN, IN ANTICIPATION OF A FUTURE, UH, EXTENSION OF, UH, OF PROJECT CONNECT.

I WOULD JUST KIND OF, UH, OFFER THAT AS A SUGGESTION TO THE, TO THE VENDOR.

OKAY.

AND YES, WE WILL ULTIMATELY HOPE TO, TO, UM, BASED ON DIFFERENT, UM, AREAS OF THE SERVICE TERRITORY, UH, ATTAIN THE COST TO UNDERGROUND, UM, THE STUDY IS, IS, IS FOR DISTRIBUTION, UM, AND WE CAN DISCUSS FURTHER THE TRANSMISSION.

UH, GOT IT.

AND, UH, AND, AND I'M SORRY, THIS KIND OF GETS BACK TO THE ORIGINAL, UH, THE OUTAGE, UH, UH, UH, QUESTION.

AND, AND, BUT, UH, THE, THE MAJORITY OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE WERE LIMBS AND TREES THAT WERE FALLING ONTO THE LINES AND NOT, UH, GOT IT.

, I JUST WASN'T SURE.

I KNOW THERE WAS A LOT OF LIGHTNING AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THE LIGHTNING, YOU KNOW, OR, OR THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE, UH, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY, UH, TREES AND LIMBS GOING DOWN AND GETTING TANGLED UP IN THE LINES, THAT WAS, UH, THE MAJOR PROBLEM.

UM, APPRECIATE THAT AND, AND APPRECIATE ALL THE, THE DISCUSSION EARLIER.

YOU KNOW, AND AGAIN,

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I, I THINK WE'RE IN A LITTLE BIT OF A CATCH 22 'CAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE'VE DONE A, A GREAT JOB OF PROTECTING OUR TREE CANOPY, UH, WHICH HAS, UH, GROWN TREMENDOUSLY, UH, AND IS NOW, YOU KNOW, VERY TALL AND, AND, AND GIVES GREAT SHADE, BUT, UH, CAN, UH, CAN CAUSE US A LOT OF, UH, HEADACHES AND PROBLEMS DURING, UH, SEVERE, UH, THUNDERSTORMS. UH, SO, UH, BUT, UH, OBVIOUSLY OUR TREE CANOPY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US, AND, AND WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO, HOW TO MAKE ALL THAT WORK.

BUT THANK YOU, VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THANK YOU MS. SAKA.

THANK, APPRECIATE IT.

OUR,

[4. Staff briefing and process update on the Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan by Lisa Martin, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer and Lynda Rife, President of Rifeline. ]

UH, NEXT ITEM IS A STAFF BRIEFING AND PROCESS UPDATE ON THE RESOURCE GENERATION CLIMATE PROTECTION PLAN.

AND THIS IS LISA MARTIN, OUR DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, AND ALSO LINDA REFE, WHO IS PRESIDENT OF RIF LINE.

WELCOME TO YOU BOTH, MS. MARTIN.

GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

UM, VICE VELA, I DO WANNA SAY THAT LOTS OF LIMBS, BUT THERE WAS ALSO A CONCENTRATED AMOUNT OF LIGHTNING DURING THE STORM THAT IMPACTED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT.

HIGH WINDS AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

AND IT WOULD BE REALLY INTERESTING TO GET A, A BREAKDOWN, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, JUST A SENSE OF, OF, OF, UH, AGAIN, JUST FOR OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MUCH OF IT IS DRIVEN BY, UH, UH, LIMBS AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS DRIVEN BY, UH, LIGHTNING.

ABSOLUTELY.

AS OUR TEAM CONTINUES TO STUDY TO SCRUB THE DATA, WE'LL COME UP WITH SOME SUMMARIES LIKE THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

IT, AND AGAIN, I JUST GOTTA SAY THANK YOU ALSO FOR THE UPDATES.

THAT IS VERY, VERY HELPFUL AND, AND IT'S GREAT INFORMATION.

THAT, AND AMY, UH, EVERHARD IN PARTICULAR, UH, THANK YOU FOR THE, JUST KEEPING US IN THE LOOP.

THAT'S, UH, VERY, VERY HELPFUL.

ALL RIGHT, THANKS.

MOVING ON TO RESOURCE GEN PLAN.

GOOD MORNING, CHAIR, POOL, VICE VELA AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME THIS MORNING.

I'M LISA MARTIN, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO TODAY I'M GONNA SPEAK BRIEFLY AND UM, THEN I'M GONNA SHARE THE FLOOR WITH LINDA RIFE, YOU'RE LIKELY FAMILIAR WITH RIFE LINE'S WORK IN THE COMMUNITY, UM, ON IMPORTANT AND HIGH PROFILE PROJECTS SUCH AS TRANSIT EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE.

UM, WE'RE HAPPY TO WELCOME HER TO THE WORLD OF ENERGY.

UH, BEFORE THAT, I'M GONNA PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE WITH THE RESOURCE GEN PLAN.

UM, WE ARE TALK ABOUT SOME PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE HEARD FROM YOU AND THE COMMUNITY AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

UM, ALSO TALK ABOUT SOME THIRD PARTY EXPERTS THAT WE'RE GONNA INVOLVE.

UM, AND I PRESENTED SEVERAL OF THESE SLIDES TO THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION IN MARCH, AND LINDA PRESENTED SEVERAL OF HERS IN APRIL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, TAKING A STEP BACK IN MARCH, WE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WE NEEDED TO PAUSE THE PROCESS WE HAD UNDERWAY AND ADDRESS QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PROPOSED PATH FORWARD BASED ON THE WAY WE WERE GOING, OUR INITIAL RECOMMENDATIONS VERSUS, UH, THE ELECTRIC UTILITY WORKING GROUP.

UH, WE WERE ON A PATH TO SEPARATE PROPOSALS AND WE RECOGNIZED THAT WE NEEDED TO PURSUE FURTHER STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION AND GATHER MORE INFORMATION ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, UH, THAT CAN SUPPORT OUR GROWING CUSTOMER BASE AND THE CHANGING ENERGY MARKET.

WE CERTAINLY KNOW ONE THING, THE COMMUNITY OF AUSTIN CARES ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, RELIABILITY, AND AFFORDABILITY, AND IT'S OUR COLLECTIVE