CenterPoint Energy successfully lobbied the Railroad Commission this year for rule changes that make it more difficult to oppose gas utilities in rate cases. State lawmakers considered and rejected the CenterPoint rules during the 2013 legislation session, but they’ll take effect anyway unless the issue is revisited during the 2015 session. Consumer groups and city officials agree the rules will lead to higher gas rates.
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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.