December 7, 2012 at 8:30am in the Austin Marriot North, TML and TCAP will host the first ABCs of Energy: What City Officials Need to Know. A conference geared toward understanding the complexities of the Texas energy market.
Cities have various interests in how they and their citizens receive electric and gas service, how cities with municipally-owned electric utilities provide service, and the prices that everyone pays for power. Cities also receive franchise fees from utilities that use their rights-of-way, and they have original jurisdiction over the rates of investor-owned utilities in their cities.
How electricity is provided in Texas is complex and based on many moving parts in an always changing puzzle, there’s no doubt about that. Join us for an informative workshop, jointly sponsored with the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP), which will address these issues and more:
- Electric Market Structures
- Economics of Power and Pricing to Consumers
- Emerging Legislative Issues and Cities’ Agendas
- Local Issues and Franchise Fees
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.