Electricity companies didn’t start charging minimum usage fees until a few years ago. Typically, a company charges a $5 or $10 monthly penalty if a residential customer uses less than 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month.
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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.