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Texas Cities Record Savings of $37 Million on Municipal Power Needs
Houston County Courier - September 2009
AUSTIN – More than 140 Texas communities saved a collective $37 million on their municipal electric bills in 2008 as members of the Cities Aggregation Power Project (CAPP) and the South Texas Aggregation Project, two statewide group-purchase alliances.
The savings were disclosed in a report filed this month with the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) by the two groups.
“These findings demonstrate once again the value to our taxpayers of the bulk purchase of electricity,” said Jay Doegey, CAPP chairman and city attorney for Arlington.
He pointed out that the 2008 savings come in addition to cumulative savings of more than $100 million over the past few years for coalition members.
The savings realized are the result of legislative action that permits cities and other political subdivisions to pool their purchases of electricity for their own power needs, such as city street lights, traffic signals and utility pumps.
The groups have urged the Legislature to extend group-purchase options to residents under proposed citizen aggregation plans.
The Aggregation Report filed by the cities is an annual requirement of the PUC.
CAPP is a political subdivision corporation and registered aggregator for 100+ member cities and utility districts, all of which are located in areas of Texas that are open to retail electric competition.