When Texas Public Utility tentatively voted to increase the ceiling on the wholesale price of electricity by 50 percent by August 1, public reaction was swift.
It sounded like this: chirp … cheep … when you wish … chirp … cheep … upon a star.
Which was surprising. Stereotypically, you’d think any state official willing to tack the words “50 percent increase” to the words “electricity prices” would be legging it for the Oklahoma border while stalwart Texans loaded up their pickups for a trip to Austin. (“Ma, fetch my shotgun, we’re goin’ to exercise our constitutionally protected rights to assemble and seek redress o’ … dang it, woman! Not that one, the other one. That 12-gauge’s my 10th Amendment gun.”)
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Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.