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Politics
2:23 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Should Texas Pay Power Companies Just For Opening New Plants?

The Public Utility Commission of Texas is proposing a change to the way the state’s electricity market is run. But some lawmakers have voiced concerns.
Jessie Wang for KUT News

The Public Utility Commission of Texas is proposing a change to the way the state’s electricity market is run. And some lawmakers voiced concerns during a public hearing at the Capitol yesterday.

The Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee hosted a hearing to question the Public Utility Commission, or PUC, about the possible change to the market.

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Austin
12:47 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

It's Official: 737 Coming to the 512

Austinites will soon have to get used to ten digit dialing.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With Austin’s growth comes some changes. This morning, the Public Utility Commission voted to adopt a new area code for the Austin area. The 737 area code will be introduced to the 512 in July of 2013.

Commissioner Ken Anderson says the transition shouldn’t be difficult for Austinites.

“We’ve had ten digit dialing in North Texas for a long time. So welcome to the 21st century,” said Anderson.

Ten digit dialing will be phased in starting this December.

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Texas
1:16 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

City, State Energy Conservation Varies by Department

City of Austin employees are notified when demand for energy is high and are encouraged to take steps to reduce use.
Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Triple-digit heat is putting pressure on the state’s electrical system. Texas set a record yesterday for peak demand during the month of June. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are asking everyone to reduce electricity use from 3 to 7 p.m. That means turning up your thermostat by a couple of degrees and avoiding use of large appliances during those hours.

The City of Austin and the State of Texas are some of the largest energy users in the city.

Carlos Cordova is with Austin Energy. He says the city relies on Austin’s Energy’s Load Cooperative program for alerts about peak usage and to track incentives for reducing use.

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AM Update
8:21 am
Thu May 17, 2012

AM Update: Sound Off on Area Code 737, Quake Shakes East Texas, Water Rate Hike in Kyle

Different area codes: A map of Texas shows the 512 service zone, soon to see introduction of the 737 area code.
Map image courtesy Wikipedia; phone photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

What Do You Think of Area Code 737?

The Public Utility Commission wants to hear from Central Texans this morning about the plan to add a new area code.

Because of population growth and the popularity of cell phones, the commission says 512 numbers are running out and numbers with a 737 area code will soon be added.

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