David Tucker is a Project Director for the Environmental Finance Center.
Texas, the Lone Star State, is the second largest state in the union, and the second most populous. That means a lot of thirsty Texans when those hot summers roll around! As such, Texas has a great many water and wastewater utilities to serve the needs of its residents. Drawing on rates data from the Texas Municipal League, finance data from the Texas Water Development Board, and affordability and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and with funding assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Research Foundation, the Environmental Finance Center has created the 2012 Texas Municipal Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard, representing 702 municipal water and/or wastewater utilities in the Lone Star State.
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Matt Harris is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Finance Center.
The etymology of the word “dashboard” is an interesting story of technological change and innovation over time. Originally the name given to the plank(s) of wood or leather in front of a horse-drawn carriage to keep out mud “dashed” from the movement of the carriage, over the course of history the word “dashboard” and the actual technology associated with this part of the vehicle, has advanced significantly. With the automobile humans added complex navigational and control instrumentation to the mud-blocking area to continue protecting the driver from the myriad of problems created by moving at unnatural speeds. It is no surprise that the business and financial communities have adopted the metaphorical language of the dashboard technology.
Casey Wichman is an Environmental Economics Analyst with the Environmental Finance Center.
In case you haven’t heard, the merger between Duke and Progress energy was approved, making it the largest power utility in the United States with approximately 7 million customers in the southeast and midwest. If you did hear about that, you are probably also aware of the executive shuffle for control of the new company between Jim Rogers, former (and now current) CEO of Duke Energy, and Bill Johnson, former CEO of Progress Energy who held the reins at the new company for mere minutes.