TCAP Current
Issue 46 | August 2018

Looking for the quick 4-1-1 on electric deregulation in Texas? You’ve come to the right place! In this month’s TCAP Current we point you to one of the state’s best resources on the history of the Texas market.

TCAP Electric Deregulation Report Available in Print

It was with the promise of better prices and more choices that state lawmakers in 1999 adopted the Texas electric deregulation law. But how has Texas fared since then? TCAP examines this question in its signature report, Deregulated Electricity in Texas: A Market Annual, which is now updated and newly available in print format. Organized chronologically, the new 133-page book includes new analysis, pricing charts and more.

AEP Texas Seeks $415 Million Hike for Hurricane Harvey Restoration Costs

AEP Texas wants to collect an additional $415 million from ratepayers — money the utility says it needs to cover repair expenses after Hurricane Harvey plowed into the Gulf Coast last year. If authorized by the Public Utility Commission, AEP’s ratepayers will pay one portion of the new charges, while ratepayers throughout the state will pay a separate portion.

Texas Electricity Shopping Website in the News

Through its recent nationwide survey of electric shopping websites, TCAP has identified one potential reform that would be useful for Texas’s You can read about it here. You also can read more about recently ordered PUC changes to

Tax Law leads to One Third of a Billion Dollars in Reduced Rates

One third of one billion dollars — that’s the value of rate reductions authorized by the PUC as a consequence of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Adopted last December, the federal tax law reduced corporate liability from 35 percent to 21 percent.

ERCOT Projections Show Sufficient Power in Texas for Coming Months

Texas should have enough power to keep the lights during the fall and winter, according to reports issued this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.


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