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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again when we should all look back and be thankful for anything and everything we have been blessed with over the past year.  Maybe your year has been blessed with all good things or maybe your year has been blessed with what seem to be all bad things.  Either way if you are reading this note of thanks you are alive and that is truly a blessing.  More importantly if you are living in Texas you are truly blessed and should remember that we have it much better than the rest of the world and most of the US as well.  Especially when it comes to the prices we pay for electricity.  Our electricity rates are the lowest they have been since the 1960s due to a number of factors, predominately low natural gas prices, but don’t expect that to last forever.  Here at the Texas Electricity Alliance we are thankful for all our customers and wish each and every one a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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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!