Jan. 3 — Texas deregulated most of its electricity market in 2002 in a push to create a competitive market for power generators and give customers lower electricity prices. But the benefits of deregulation are debated, and one study released last year by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a non-profit advocacy group, found that average electricity prices in regulated areas were lower.
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.