Oct. 28 — Residential costs for transmission and distribution, meanwhile, are rising at more than double the rate of inflation in the Houston area. CenterPoint fees have increased 89 percent since 2003, compared to inflation of 40 percent during that period, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a group of cities that buys electricity in deregulated markets. Rates charged by Oncor, the regulated utility in the Dallas area, have increased by nearly 69 percent.

— Houston Chronicle