84th Texas Legislature: Bills to Watch

84th Texas Legislature: Bills to Watch

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.  Just below we’ve listed a few that are worth watching. House Bill 224, by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, and House...
84th Texas Legislature: Bills to Watch

Action Needed to Protect Rate Discount Program

Here’s a note of warning to low-income Texans: your summertime electric bills might soon be going up. That’s because a popular bill discount program will disappear in 2015 unless the Texas Legislature takes action. The program has helped hundreds of thousands of...
84th Texas Legislature: Bills to Watch

Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

What can energy consumers expect this year as the Texas Legislature convenes for its 84th regular session? Will lawmakers pass laws to lower bills or will they take actions that have the opposite effect? The session begins January 13. Here are a few issues that...
CenterPoint’s Monopoly Money

CenterPoint’s Monopoly Money

Operating Outside Free Market, Houston’s CenterPoint Maximizes Profits by Lobbying Against Oversight Houston’s CenterPoint Energy is at again. The big monopoly with a reputation for bad ideas has successfully lobbied for a rule change at the Texas Railroad...
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...