Jan. 30 — The grid that serves 24 million Texans has been free of government control for decades because it’s largely self-contained. That autonomy is now being tested by Mexico’s growing power ties with the U.S. and the risk that electricity supplies originating in Texas could end up in other states, thereby triggering federal oversight.
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.