Austin, Texas residents are protesting a proposed electric rate hike by Austin Energy. Unlike other parts of Texas such a Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, the Austin electricity market is not deregulated. This has led some to push for electric choice in Austin as well.
Houston electricity rates have fallen by more than half since 2008 as have rates in other parts of the state. There are dozens of electricity providers in Houston who compete to keep rates lower. Austin Energy is proposing a 12 percent rate hike in Austin.
More details on the controversy can be found here.
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