What are the different ways cities and their citizens get their electricity?
Does anyone oversee the complex deregulated electricity market?
How are electric service areas defined?
In a recent Q&A published by Texas Town & City, Texas Municipal League General Counsel Scott Houston attempted to answer these questions, and a lot more, surrounding the complicated Texas electricity market and the ways in which electricity is acquired by cities and their citizens.
The Texas electricity market is complex, with many moving parts and large sums of $$ in the mix. This article sheds light on some of the more difficult-to-understand issues about the transmission of electricity services, why some areas of the state are deregulated and some are not, the role of the PUC and ERCOT as managers of the electric grid and much more.
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.