Oct. 19 — While hundreds of thousands lost power after Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas last summer, outages may well be worse next time, given the increasingly violent weather that experts foresee.
“We’ve dodged the bullet,” said Karl R. R’bago, a former commissioner for the Texas Public Utility Commission who is now executive director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center. “We should honor our good fortune by not relying on it next time.”
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.