June 18, 2013, Dallas, Texas — Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) has announced the addition of five new members, bringing its roster to 169: City of Manvel, City of Bangs, City of Venus, City of Aubrey, and Acton Municipal Utility District. TCAP is  a non-profit purchasing consortium, pooling the collective resources of its over 160 member cities and political subdivisions to negotiate better terms and conditions for electric service.

Randy Moravec, Executive Director of TCAP, is especially excited to expand the coalition, “TCAP welcomes the cities of Aubrey, Bangs, Manvel, Venus and the Action Municipal Utility District as new members. Together, these entities serve a population of over 25,000 but all are located at the fringe of urban areas and are expected to rapidly develop over the next few years. TCAP looks forward to serving their needs now and as they grow in the future.”

Formed in early 2011 when the Cities Aggregation Power Project (CAPP) and the South Texas Aggregation Project (STAP) merged, TCAP offers its member cities a number of benefits, including electric price stability, industry consultants, legislative advocacy, and most notably, a history of cost savings. Member cities collectively have saved millions of dollars in annual electricity costs when compared to commercial rates charged by the state’s leading electric companies.

About the City of Manvel

Manvel is located just south of Houston in Brazoria County. With over 7,000 residents in the city, Manvel is undergoing a shift from a rural community to a suburban city. It is currently one of the largest cities in land size in the Houston area. Manvel offers all the benefits of a major metropolitan area but enables its residents to live a relaxed lifestyle in its family oriented-community.

About the City of Bangs

Located just 80 miles from Abilene, Texas, the City of Bangs boasts a growing population of over 1,600 people. The town’s namesake is Samuel Bangs, an early publisher and founder of several Texas newspapers. Bangs was officially incorporated in 1915 and during World War II relieved the overcrowded City of Brownwood, located just 15 minutes east of Bangs.

About the City of Venus

The City of Venus sits twenty miles east of Cleburne in eastern Johnson County. First developed in the late 1880s, Venus now boasts a population of over 3,000. The city is known as the “Hollywood Capital of Johnson County” since films including “Born on the Fourth of July”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger and many other lesser-known films were shot in the city.

About the City of Aubrey

The City of Aubrey is located just 15 miles north east of Denton, TX. The town was originally named Onega in 1847 and was mostly inhabited by the Cherokee people. Twenty years later, in 1867, the town of Aubrey was officially founded by Civil War veteran Lemuel Noah Edwards, and the Edwards family was crucial to the town’s future development. Today, the town is home to over 1,500 residents.

About the Acton MUD

Acton MUD (Municipal Utility District) is a non-profit governmental entity whose goal is to provide safe, high quality water for all municipal, domestic, and commercial purposes and to collect, transport, process dispose of and control all domestic, industrial or communal waste water. AMUD seeks to be a leader in maintaining and improving the quality of life in Johnson County communities.

About the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power

TCAP is a coalition of over  160 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. www.tcaptx.com.


For more information on TCAP, you can also read one of their many reports:

Snapshot: Oncor Collecting Hundreds of Millions in Phantom Taxes

Deregulated Electricity in Texas

Snapshot Report: 2012 PUC Complaint Data

Understanding Texas Wind Power – A Policy Guide

The Story of Ercot


Randy Moravec, PhD, 972-744-3135
Executive Director
R.A. “Jake” Dyer, 512-322-5898