In recent days, all the major newspapers that serve areas of Texas under electric deregulation have called for legislative reform. On March 20th, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram opined that opt-out aggregation merits serious consideration by lawmakers. On March 26 the Houston Chronicle called for more sunshine in the regulatory process, and on March 29 it editorialized that consumers can win with the creation of opt-out aggregation programs. On March 20 the Dallas Morning News said limiting market share by large generation companies can improve the market. On Feb. 13 the Dallas Morning News said lawmakers owe it to Texas to fix the system.
Let’s hope that our lawmakers are getting the message. CAPP urges any consumer concerned about the size of his or her electric bill to write Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus to urge them to shepherd legislation addressing these reforms to the floors of their respective chambers. Their leadership on behalf of consumers is absolutely essential.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst can be reached at Capitol Station, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas, 78711
or by fax at 512-463-0677.
House Speaker Straus can be reached at Room CAP 2W.13, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX, 78768 or by fax at (512) 463-1064.
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.