March 30 — The Houston utility CenterPoint Energy is seeking its third rate increase in three years for its more than 1 million natural gas customers.
CenterPoint has proposed increasing the base rate that all customers pay, regardless of usage, to 16.45 a month, up 70 cents from $15.75. The rate would go into effect on May 28, if approved by regulators and it faces no objections from lawyers that represent the city of Houston in rate cases.
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.