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TCAP: Creating a Brighter Future

See how TCAP is creating a brighter future for our over 170 members and consumers across the great state of Texas. R. A. "Jake" Dyer R.A. Dyer is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the...

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second...

TCAP Mailbag: Low-income discount set to expire?

Time, now, to take questions from the TCAP mailbag. A reader asks: “Is it true that the state will soon discontinue its bill assistance program for low-income Texans? And if so, are there low-income programs that can take its place?” The short answers are maybe and...

Financial speculators betting on power line congestion

In Texas, they’re called “Congestion Revenue Rights.” Think of them as financial instruments — except they exist not in the world of investment banking, but rather in the world of wholesale electricity. What do you get when you buy one of these financial instruments?...

Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

Smart meters — that is, those automated electric meters that measure energy consumption at homes and businesses — cost Texans between $2 and $3 every month. Although electric utilities long have advocated for them, the benefits never included much by the way of...

Cure for ERCOT’s Summertime Blues

A relatively mild summer and new power plant construction have combined to ease the burden on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s primary electric grid operator. Nicholas Sakelaris, of the Dallas Business Journal, reports this week that new natural...

Natural Gas and Electricity Prices: Ups & Downs

In Texas, natural gas helps set the price of wholesale power. When natural gas prices go up, wholesale power prices also should increase. When natural gas prices go down, wholesale energy costs should follow. This correlation exists because natural gas fuels many...

That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

Not using that coffee maker? Turn it off and unplug it. The same goes for your computer and your fax machine. Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work.  This is true even if you’ve completely shut...

Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

In a sign of continuing challenges for Texas electricity consumers, a number of power retailers have been accused in high-profile cases of deceptive marketing and other abuses. The complaints have led to unflattering news accounts and unwelcome regulatory scrutiny for...

Little Electric Company to Pay Big Penalty

Proton Energy, a tiny Texas retail electric company accused of being a serial rules violator, has agreed to a $400,000 penalty and a change in ownership, according to documents filed at the Texas Public Utility Commission. The PUC accused Proton in September of more...

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