Sept. 10 — A recent report by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a statewide group representing municipal governments, showed that average rates in deregulated markets, such as Houston, were 9 to 15 percent higher than those in regulated markets, such as San Antonio, for the fourth year in a row.
“It’s got to be paid for somehow,” said R.A. Dyer, policy analyst for the coalition.
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.