During one of its worst heat waves, the State of Texas is holding onto millions of dollars, set aside to help hundreds of thousands of elderly and poor residents pay their electric bills.
The Dallas Morning news reported this weekend that the state has collected $130 million to help offset the rise in electrical use. Without the assistance, some Texans go without air-conditioning, risking their health.
However, the state has only provided $28 million so far to those who need it because state lawmakers have locked away the money to deal with the budget shortfall.
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.