Sept. 10 — Many consumers choose the cheapest electricity plan they can find and typically sign up for a one-year contract. But a one-year contract may not always be a good idea, considering that power prices are typically higher in the summer when demand for air conditioning is strongest compared to the winter when temperatures are mild and usage drops.
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.