July 18 — For decades, the United States saw its demand for electricity rise at steep and steady rates. From the 1950s through the 70s, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says demand often increased by more than 5% — faster than the economy grew. In the 1980s and 90s, growth slowed but still ticked along at 2% to 3% annually.
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.