April 6 — Officials say about one third or more of a typical residential bill is made up of fuel costs – the charges for coal and natural gas used to fuel our generating plants. In late 2016 and early 2017, natural gas prices increased, causing Xcel to raise the fuel cost factor twice. But in the past 12 months, natural gas has dropped off by close to 47 percent.
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.