🌱 City Council passes price increases + electricity network update + events 🎉

Hello and happy Friday, friends and neighbors! It’s Jessica, back in your inbox this morning with the most important things happening in town.

Settle in with your morning coffee as we dive into:

  • municipal Council passes the first of two rate hikes proposed by Austin Energy.
  • University of Texas professor wins MacArthur Engineering Fellowship
  • Cold front and rain heading to Austin.
  • ACL Weekend Two, comedy show and more incredible events this weekend ➡️

But first, today’s weather:

☀️ Very hot with lots of sunshine. High: 92 Low: 69.

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Here are the top stories in Austin today:

1) City Council adopts the first of two rate increases proposed by Austin Energy. City Council on Thursday voted 7-4 in favor of an Austin Energy proposal that will raise the average monthly residential electric bill by about $15 to offset high natural gas prices and rising charges on the ERCOT energy market. Go to Austin American-Statesman to learn more.

4) ERCOT’s CEO aims to restore public confidence in the Texas power grid. The ERCOT’s new CEO, Pablo Vegas, made his first public appearance Thursday with PUC President Peter Lake. During the press conference, Lake said, “Our network will be ready for, is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.” The next step for Vegas is how ERCOT will handle a new generator set market. Head to FOX 7 Austin to learn more about what ERCOT is doing to prepare for winter.

Today in Austin:

  • UTOPiAfest Thirteen at Reveille Peak Ranch (11 a.m.)
  • ACL Music Festival, second weekend (first day) at Zilker Park. (12h)
  • (Kid Friendly) Colorado Eagles vs. Texas Stars at the HEB Center in Cedar Park. (6 p.m.)
  • Mexico through the lens of women filmmakers at the Mexican American Cultural Center. (6 p.m.)
  • ACL Fest Nights: The Marias at Stubbs. (8 p.m.)
  • Darkhouse Comedy Show at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. (8 p.m.)
  • ACL Fest Nights: Spoon with Glove at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. (8 p.m.)

Top events this weekend:

  • ACL Music Festival, second weekend (second day) at Zilker Park. (Saturday October 15)
  • UTOPiAfest Thirteen at Reveille Peak Ranch (Saturday, October 15)
  • Opening Reception: Lines of Interactiona solo exhibition of works by Larry Akers at the Link & Pin Gallery (Saturday October 15)
  • (Kid-Friendly): Pumpkin Nights to pioneer farms. (Saturday October 15)
  • ACL Fest Nights: Japanese Breakfast at Stubbs. (Saturday October 15)
  • Longhorn Football: University of Texas vs. Iowa State at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (Saturday, October 15)
  • Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch (Kid Friendly) at Barton Hill Farms. (Sunday October 16)
  • ACL Music Festival, second weekend (third day) at Zilker Park. (Sunday October 16)
  • Other People: A Dating Comedy Show at The Creek and The Cave. (Sunday October 16)

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You are now in the loop and ready to start this Friday. I’ll be back in your inbox tomorrow morning with your next update!

Jessica Collins

About me: Jessica has been happy to call Austin home for over 10 years. She loves the outdoors, the arts and movies, restaurants, and all the natural beauty Central Texas has to offer.

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