The cities, which include Galveston, Dickinson, Sugar Land and others, are adopting ordinances this month that call for the rate reduction. The ordinances have the simultaneous effect of blocking a rate hike proposed by the company. “Electric bills in the Houston and Galveston area are already too high — consumers don’t need a rate hike. They need a rate cut,” said Julie Johnston, City Administrator for Dickinson. “The analysis by our city coalition shows CenterPoint already collects more than its need. Consumers’ electric bills should be lower.”
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.