Our Vision

Put all coal ash in watertight non-corrosive containers, and move towards renewable energy, without leaving plant employees behind.

Stop Poisoning Central Texas

Put all coal ash in water tight non-corrosive bins daily. Clean all toxins from the water, air, and soil.

Transition to Solar

Reuse of the site for solar energy generation. As the energy by solar increases, the energy created by coal decreases.

Guarantee Jobs

All Fayette Coal Plant displaced employees are guaranteed jobs with LCRA or City of Austin, paying at least the same salary and benefits. The workers should not pay for the crimes of LCRA and Austin Energy.

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Stop the Poisoning of Central Texas

350 has been working for 5 years to try to move LCRA and Austin Energy. Since March of 2020, we have been meeting individually with Austin City Council Members since March of 2020 to encourage Austin City Council to push Austin Energy

Austin Energy lawyers are building a myth of lies and deceptions about the Fayette Coal Plant (Fayette Power Project, FPP). Austin Energy has gone to great lengths to avoid assuming any responsibility for the daily production of poisonous coal ash that contains mercury, lead, arsenic, and chromium.

Austin Energy lawyers know that the FPP is co-owned by Austin and  LCRA. The City of Austin owns 50% of the land and 33% of the turbines.

Austin Energy's response to our vision for stopping the poisoning of Central Texas

Sources:

  1. https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule
  2. https://environmentalintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Letter-to-U.S.-House-Protesting-Trump-EPA-Threats-against-CA.pdf
  3. https://www.epa.gov/coalash/us-state-texas-coal-combustion-residuals-ccr-permit-program
  4. https://www.lcra.org/energy/electric-power/facilities/fayette-power-project/
  5. https://environmentalintegrity.org/reports/groundwater-contamination-from-texas-coal-ash-dumps/
  6. https://www.lcra.org/download/2016-fpp-cbl-annual-inspection-report-v001-01-15-16-final-pdf/?wpdmdl=11959
  7. httpcra.org/download/2018-fpp-cbl-ccr-annual-groundwater-report-and-data-pdf/?wpdmdl=11977

The Potential of Solar and Wind Power

According to Texas Renewables:

  • Wind and solar reduced wholesale electricity market costs between $350M to $960M per year out of the total energy dispatch cost of about $10 – $13B per year. From 2010-2017, wind and solar saved consumers $5.7 billion.
  • If there had not been any renewables on the ERCOT grid, power plants would have withdrawn between 300 and 700 billion gallons more water per year. Water withdrawals refer to water that used by a power plant for cooling, but returned to the source. For reference, 700 billion gallons is the annual use of about 783,000 Texans.
  • The availability of large-scale renewable energy increasingly is a factor in corporate relocation and expansion, especially for modern-economy industries that rely heavily on high volumes of reliable electric supply with stable long term-prices.
  • Texas produces the highest amount of wind power than any other state
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