Electric Deregulation in Texas: A Market Chronicle

2019 Edition
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In 1999, with the adoption of Senate Bill 7, Texas began its historic transition to retail electric deregulation.

 

Although not immediate in effect, the groundbreaking legislation eventually ushered in some of the most significant changes ever for Texas electricity consumers.

No longer would giant, vertical-integrated utilities maintain their monopoly grip on all home electricity service. No longer would Austin political appointees determine directly the price of air conditioning and lighting in all parts of Texas.

In commemoration of the law’s 20th anniversary, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power has released an updated version if its signature report, Electric Deregulation in Texas: A Market Chronicle. Organized chronologically, the book describes key deregulation-related events beginning with those years prior to the law’s 1999 adoption and includes 20 sequential chapters corresponding to subsequent years. The report updates an earlier version first released in 2009 for the deregulation law’s 10-year anniversary.

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R.A. "Jake" Dyer

R.A. "Jake" Dyer

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.