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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

San Marcos utility bill fee to fund new ’Clean Community’ initiatives

The monthly surcharge — $1 for residential customers and $5 for businesses — was approved in December by the San Marcos City Council, which is now deciding how to allocate an estimated $375,000 in first-year revenue.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

San Marcos Electric customers to see ‘temporary’ fee hike

The bills have come due for electricity that LCRA bought at inflated prices during a colder-than-normal winter.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

PEC board candidates to make debut at April 24 forum

The Johnson City event will also include discussion of a ballot referendum on whether to elect board directors by single-member districts instead of current at-large voting.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

In Central Texas, drought threatens LCRA’s hydropower

The ongoing drought in Central Texas is claiming an innocent bystander: hydroelectricity. As the Lower Colorado River Authority limits water releases downstream, hydroelectricity — a power source that spurred the LCRA's creation almost 80 years ago —...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

City warns of tree-trimming scam

The city of San Marcos is warning residents about a scam in which men who claimed to be tree subcontractors with the city then burglarized a home on Old Ranch Road 12.

Friday, August 10th, 2012

San Marcos wants to buy into LCRA power plant

The city of San Marcos plans to invest an estimated $18 million to buy 3.52 percent of a natural gas- and steam-powered electric power generation plant being built by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

City, county, partners holding box fan drive

Hays County, the San Marcos Fire Department, San Marcos Electric Utility, San Marcos Housing Authority and the Texas State University Custodial Operations Department are partnering this year with Family Eldercare on its annual summer fan drive.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

City invites volunteers for utility board

The San Marcos City Council is looking for volunteers to serve on a five member Citizens Utility Advisory Board that will advise the city on important financial decisions involving the City's electric and water/ wastewater utility systems.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

San Marcos, NextEra inking deal to buy wind, natural gas power

After decades of dependence on the Lower Colorado River Authority, the city of San Marcos is negotiating a contract with Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. to buy wholesale wind- and natural gas-generated electricity.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Quick action by electric crew spares complex from fire

Two San Marcos Electric Utility linemen’s quick action and cool heads helped save an apartment complex from a potentially costly fire Wednesday.

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