March 28 — The Public Utility Commission asked the Texas Legislature earlier this year to expand the agency’s oversight to include electricity brokers, companies that represent consumers and businesses shopping for power plans. Brokers, including on-line websites that sell residential power plans, are compensated by power companies for generating business but are not currently subject to consumer protection rules.
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.