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Senate Interim Committee on Electric Utility Restructuring
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 75th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

CHAIR
David Sibley


MEMBERS
Kenneth Armbrister
Gonzalo Barrientos
Teel Bivins
David Cain
Troy Fraser
Jane Nelson

 

CLERK:
Barbara Henderson

TEL:
(512) 463-0365

LOCATION:
Sam Houston Building, 370

Video/Audio Archives

There are no audio/video archives available online for the 75th session.

Hearing Documents and Information

Hearing Agenda/Minutes/Information

General Information

Reports

The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Study and determine any needed changes in the Public Utility Regulatory Act and related statutes to create a competitive Texas electric market that is open to all classes of retail customers. Such review shall include but not be limited to the following issues:
    • an appropriate date for opening the market to direct end-use customer access, and whether a phase-in program for public schools or other governmental units is warranted;
    • methods for quantification of a utility's investments that would be uneconomic in a fully competitive market (stranded costs) and appropriate methods for recovery of costs (including rate freezes, adjustments to depreciation, transition charges, securitization);
    • balancing rate reductions with recovery of stranded costs during the transition to a competitive market;
    • the basic structural requirements for the competitive market to serve as an effective and efficient replacement for traditional regulation;
    • provisions for municipal and cooperative utilities recognizing the importance of maintaining local control of community-owned systems and protecting the financial integrity of cooperative and municipal utilities;
    • safeguards necessary for customer protection in a fully competitive marketplace (including designation of a provider of last resort, protections for low-income customers, obligations to be imposed on all providers, ability of providers to serve customers on an aggregated basis, and fair marketing and sales practices);
    • system reliability and service quality standards needed to ensure safe and reliable power and the role of the independent system operator in a fully competitive market;
    • environmental issues relating to a competitive marketplace;
    • development of renewable energy resources such as windpower in a competitive marketplace; and
    • scope and nature of the continuing role of regulation in a deregulated electric power industry including oversight of market power.
  • Make recommendations for legislative and regulatory action, if necessary.