Texas — the nation’s largest energy producer and consumer — is experiencing a succession of heat waves taxing the state’s electric grid and consumers’ wallets.  High temperatures are pushing electricity consumption to new heights every month, while electricity prices have risen more than 70 percent during the past year.  

And although Texas enjoys extraordinary wealth, one-third of Texans have low incomes and live in energy poverty, with the combination of high heat and high electricity prices threatening their health and pocketbooks.

To help address this issue, and since August is historically Texas' hottest month, CGMF presented "Heat, Energy, Affordability & Equity," an online research briefing, with a roundtable of experts illuminating the growing energy, affordability, and poverty nexus in Texas—information and perspective on the implications of heat and high energy costs for all Texans.

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The briefing was presented by the Austin-based Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.

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