Abengoa Vista Ridge announces that it will sell 80 percent of its share in the SAWS pipeline project

San Antonio Water System officials today released a list of firms interested in buying into the Vista Ridge pipeline project. Brookfield Global Infrastructure Advisor Ltd., John Laing Group PLC and the Blackstone Group have all submitted formal proposals to Abengoa Vista Ridge, the company that would build the pipeline to deliver water to SAWS customers from Burleson County. With its parent company, Abengoa S.A., deeply in debt and working to avoid bankruptcy, Abengoa Vista Ridge announced earlier this month that…

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Some City Council members want say on pipeline contract revision

Some City Council members want say on pipeline contract revision

  • February 15, 2016
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The City Council is divided over whether the San Antonio Water System should allow the company planning to build a water pipeline from Burleson County to sell most of its stake in the project without council approval. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is leading a group of council members that says the SAWS board of trustees should not unilaterally amend the Vista Ridge contract. On Wednesday, Nirenberg filed a formal request that the council review the subject, following news that…

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Expert: Vista Ridge/Abengoa generates plenty of intrigue

It started out, by most accounts, as a good business deal. “The return was estimated to be upwards of 12 percent over a 30-year period, so this was a pretty fantastic project,” said David Vequist, a professor of management at the University of the Incarnate Word of the Vista Ridge project. Vequist has closely studied the business deal between the San Antonio Water System and the Spanish company Abengoa. The two entities began negotiations in 2011 and eventually came together…

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San Antonio’s Vista Ridge Pipeline project partners face off in legal dispute

San Antonio’s Vista Ridge Pipeline project partners face off in legal dispute

  • December 23, 2015
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In a move that could cause further turbulence for a proposed $3.4 billion San Antonio pipeline project, one groundwater company has sued another after it says it was cut out of money related to the deal. Brenham-based Metropolitan Water Company is suing Austin-based Blue Water Systems in Travis District Court over a dispute involving water at the proposed pipeline’s source, in areas to the northeast of Austin. The suit claims that Met Water signed into an revenue-sharing agreement with Blue…

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San Antonio City Council Approves New Water Rate Structure

San Antonio City Council Approves New Water Rate Structure

City Council has unanimously approved increased water rates and rate structure, a strong display of confidence in the water utility’s ongoing efforts to diversify the city’s water supply and to encourage greater water conservation. The recent vote follows two years of study, deliberation, and debate over the city’s long-range water future and the Council’s unanimous vote in October 2014 to endorse the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water project. Starting in 2016, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) will add four new usage and…

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Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? Who’s calling for it?

Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? Who’s calling for it?

Thursday the San Antonio City Council will vote on a new SAWS rate structure being proposed in part to pay for Vista Ridge. “The controversial Vista Ridge water pipeline, if completed, will pump 50,000 acre-feet/year of Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer groundwater from a well field located in Burleson County.” Curtis Chubb takes a hard look while San Antonio’s largest business group is backing water rate increase. Commentary: Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? November 16, 2015 by Curtis Chubb, The Rivard Report The…

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Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

  • November 11, 2015
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San Antonio City Council will discuss the findings of the highly publicized water policy report this Thursday November the 12th during City Council which begins at 9am. Agenda item number four will be a briefing on the San Antonio Water Policy Study commissioned by the city to study the various aspects of the city’s future water planning and policy including the Vista Ridge project. A public hearing will begin at 6pm on that same report.  The public may register to…

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Water Forum VI: Vista Ridge, Conservation, Rate Increase

Water Forum VI: Vista Ridge, Conservation, Rate Increase

The $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water pipeline, water conservation, the Nov. 19 City Council vote on a new rate increase and structure that will result in reduced bills for low usage and higher bills for big water users dominated the conversation at the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum‘s sixth annual water forum staged before a sold-out luncheon crowd at the Pearl Stable on Monday. Mayor Ivy Taylor, who delivered opening remarks, asked for audience and community support for the rate increase and…

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Vista Ridge pipeline the focus at Texas Water Symposium

Vista Ridge pipeline the focus at Texas Water Symposium

“Whether the Vista Ridge pipeline will soften the city’s efforts to encourage residents to use less water is just one of a variety of concerns that have surfaced ahead of the city council’s vote on a water rate increase to help pay for it.” Texas Tribune’s Kiah Collier captures highlights from the Texas Water Symposium. “One fuel for those critical flames was the city’s decision to delay releasing Finch’s critical study, a draft copy of which says the project could…

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New Questions Face San Antonio Water Pipeline

New Questions Face San Antonio Water Pipeline

Nearly a year after the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved what could be the most expensive water project in the region’s history, some council members appear to be having doubts. Dubbed the Vista Ridge Project, the $3 billion-plus venture would pipe in 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County in Central Texas, about 142 miles away. The San Antonio Water System and many of the city’s business leaders say the project is crucial to a secure future, but environmental…

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