This spring, the staff of a legislative body that periodically reviews state agencies recommended a variety of major reforms to the entity that’s supposed to regulate the oil and gas industry in the state.
Among the proposals: Changing the name of the Railroad Commission of Texas to the “Texas Energy Resources Commission” so the public would have a better idea of what the 125-year-old agency actually does.
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.