Residential gas rates are regulated by the state, and regulators have consistently granted increases for service charges and infrastructure improvements. Those have offset lower prices of the gas itself.
“We’re doing an incredibly weak job on regulation,” said Geoffrey Gay, an Austin lawyer who handles utility cases. “We’ve had about a decade of annual rate increases and it looks like that’s going to persist for a number of years.”
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Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.