Aug. 30 — According to NOAA, there were 16 weather events in the United States last year that individually caused $1 billion or more in damage. Collectively, natural disasters cost $306 billion in 2017, topping the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.
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.