When Texas unleashed a deregulated electricity market on the state’s consumers in 2002, Carol Biedrzycki knew it wasn’t going to be easy on low-income households. “From a public-policy perspective, that could have been one of the worst decisions we ever made,” she says. “Electricity in this society is essential. It affects our health, it affects our safety, and we just let it all go.”
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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.