Houston’s Electric Utility Reaping Windfall Profits

Houston’s Electric Utility Reaping Windfall Profits

CenterPoint to seek 2015 rate increase, lobbyists have pushed for less stringent oversight Houstonians appear to be paying too much for electricity — tens of millions of dollars too much. Texas regulators report that Houston’s CenterPoint Energy collected $46.5...
TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second...
Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included...
TCAP Mailbag: Low-income discount set to expire?

TCAP Mailbag: Low-income discount set to expire?

Time, now, to take questions from the TCAP mailbag. A reader asks: “Is it true that the state will soon discontinue its bill assistance program for low-income Texans? And if so, are there low-income programs that can take its place?” The short answers are maybe and...
Generation supplies adequate for fall and winter

Generation supplies adequate for fall and winter

Only under extreme conditions would Texas potentially face power shortages this winter, according to new projections by the organization that manages the state’s power grid. That organization, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, also projects healthy generation...