May 22 — Consumers in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi were promised bargains on electricity when the Texas Legislature deregulated the electricity market. But 16 years later, they’re still paying more for electricity than their counterparts in cities Texas lawmakers exempted from deregulation such as San Antonio and Austin, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, which analyzed federal electricity pricing data.
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.