Monthly Archives: September 2011

How about some Jobs!

As we continue to read about the depressed job market, we should all focus on the industry we are in, and try and come up with some job creation ideas.  At the Texas Electricity Alliance we would like to see a continued move to the use of Natural Gas as the choice fuel for the US economy.  Over the past 10 years we have discovered huge reserves of Natural Gas helping to move the price down from a high point of $13/MCF to under $4 today.  Traditionally, natural gas has been the equivalent of 1/10 the price of oil but that has been disrupted over the past few years with the discovery of shale gas and natural gas is now the equivalent of 1/20 the price of oil.  More importantly we can now depend on long term availability of this very clean fuel.  Just think of it we could all be running our cars for 1/3 the price of gasoline.  Not to mention we can now use natural gas to help offset the environmental costs of coal as a primary fuel for electricity.

Now how to we use the above facts to create jobs.  One great way would be to pass a natural gas bill that would create tax credits for anyone converting their car or truck to natural gas, especially long haul truckers.  Then to insure they have the fuel available we should create tax credits for any supplier or fueling station to install and maintain natural gas fueling.  We should set a goal to convert 75% of over long haul trucking fleets and 50% of all passenger vehicles by 2016.  That’s not all; we should also consider building out new natural gas electricity plants. These plants should be given the same tax advantages as wind and solar power enjoy today, thereby making the use of natural gas as our primary source for electricity competitive with coal.  At the Texas Electricity Alliance we estimate these simple ideas would create almost 3 million jobs and reduce the unemployment rate by 2% almost immediately and more as we continue to move in the right direction. Our energy future is at stake, our jobs are at stake, our national security is at stake and here is an easy simple solution to get us going in the right direction.

The HIDDEN Texas Electricity TAX . . . Austin?!?


That’s right folks there is a hidden electricity tax in Texas and, believe it or not, it’s in Austin.  Austin Energy is the electrical COOP that serves the city of Austin and its coffers have been raided year after to year to pay for Austin’s pet projects that couldn’t be covered through the governmental tax structure so the city officials just felt like it was OK to take that money away from the city owned electrical utility.

Well the day of reckoning has arrived and all of a sudden Austin Energy needs to make investments to its utility infrastructure and therefore will have to raise electricity rates, a predicted 23% or more, next year.  This is not only a travesty of justice but also a travesty to the idea that the people are in control of the governmental bodies that govern our everyday lives.  Not unlike Rick Perry stealing from the money set aside ($1/month) on every resident of Texas electricity bill each month to be used to help the poorest in our society pay for the basic necessity of electricity.  Yep, that’s right; our boy Rick took about $600 million from that fund this year to help balance the budget!

We need to stop this madness right now.  The people of Austin should rise up and demand that Austin Energy be dissolved.  This would mean that the electrical infrastructure of poles and wires could be sold to ONCOR, Centerpoint or AEP and then apply the electricity deregulation laws, which are already in place around Texas.  So that the people of Austin could enjoy the lower electricity prices of deregulation!

At the Texas Electricity Alliance we are proponents for electricity deregulation for the entire state of Texas.  The abuse that the City of Austin has inflicted by stealing money and creating a hidden tax, from their citizens by way of Austin Energy, must be stopped.

Finally over the Summer Blues!

Seems like we’re finally over the summer blues in Texas and we’ll return to a more normal weather pattern in the coming weeks.  As we enter this time of the year it’s an excellent time to have all your HVAC and electrical systems checked to see how they held up during this summer’s record heat. At the Texas Electricity Alliance we recommend Milestone Electric for our customers in the DFW area for all their electrical contracting and home security installation and monitoring.

We are proud to be their partner and we all use their services.  They have a service called the Family Protection Plan for only $99/year that provides you with a complete yearly review of your electrical infrastructure in your home.  It also provides benefits all year long and you’ll never have to pay a service call or overtime call for emergency services ever again.  Not to mention they can recommend the Texas Electricity Alliance as your partner to help you save money on your electricity bills every month of the year.  Take advantage of signing up with Milestone today.  And remember, with the Texas Electricity Alliance, Together We Save!

Chaos in the CO-OP’s

For public utility companies and electrical cooperatives the cost of doing business is likely to increase substantially in the next few years.  It’s not that they have to spend any more to maintain the power infrastructures they manage to deliver electricity to their customers with, but more about the actual availability and cost of electricity.  Almost all electrical utilities and CO-OPs will need to increase the price the end-user pays simply because they are going to have to be paying more for the electricity they need to supply their customers.  Electricity is actually almost always in short supply since there is no good way to actually “store” electricity for future use, it’s all basically real-time.  The electricity is generated by a power plant and immediately put into the electrical GRID system.  The electrical GRID is not a very intelligent network and therefore you can’t really do much to channel electricity to exact places on the GRID, you basically just fill it up and then the end users suck it out.  The transportation companies in the middle just maintain the infrastructure to monitor and manage the use of the electricity.

The projected population growth in Texas is fairly substantial and in order to meet future electricity demands we will need to invest heavily into new power plants in order to meet demand.  This causes a big problem for electric utilities and electrical CO-OPs but not the same problems.  Electrical utilities have to go the Public Utility Commission and be granted rate increases to pass on to their customers in order to have enough money to build more generation facilities.  While CO-OPs do not own any facilities and are subject to market forces which may not be in the best interest of their members.  Either way all these issues would be solved if we were to truly deregulate electricity and allow the existing transportation companies like ONCOR and Centerpoint to buy the assets of the CO-OPs and deliver that electricity and give those consumers a choice of who they actually buy it from.

At the Texas Electricity Alliance we are proponents for our customers to insure they are always getting the best electricity rates in the market, year after year.