May 9: The virtual monopoly enjoyed by incumbent utilities gave them the ability to build any new electric transmission in their service areas, even if the proposal to build new transmission capacity came from a non-incumbent, third-party company. Incumbent utilities could even exercise their right to build the new electric transmission after the benefits of the independent company’s project had already been demonstrated, leaving the independent company unable to recoup the costs of their proposal.
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.