Archive for January 2009

Updates all the way around

At the Commission today…
 
Disclosure rule – The Commissioners approved the disclosure rule.  As part of their discussion they approved the content of Chm. Smitherman’s memo as well as staff’s memo.
 
Certification rule – Staff expects to file a draft next week for use in discussions at the next Open Meeting.  Target is for Commissioners to vote on a rule for adoption at the second open meeting in February.
 
Legislative Update – bills filed today:
 

HB 840

Author:

Martinez, “Mando”

 

Last Action:

01/29/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to rates charged by an electric utility or retail electric provider on acquisition by another electric utility or retail electric provider.

 

Summary:

Mandates that acquiring REP must honor rates in term contracts

HB 841

Author:

Martinez, “Mando”

 

Last Action:

01/29/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to utility bill payment protection for elderly or disabled persons, or persons with special medical needs.

 

Summary:

Prohibits disconnections for non-payment or late payments for protected classes of customers and mandates establishment of deferred payment plns

 
 
 
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Another bill filed…

HB 725

Author:

Veasey

 

Last Action:

01/22/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to utility bill payment protection for elderly or disabled persons.

 

Summary:

Requires utility to offer 3 month deferred payment plan to eligible disabled persons and defines “disability”

HB 631 Introduced


HB 631

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

 

Last Action:

01/14/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the regulation of retail electric providers.

 

Summary:

Requires REPs to comply with PUCT certification and reporting requirements; allows PUCT to investigate financial records of any REP.

 

SB 464


SB 464 Author: Zaffirini
Last Action: 01/13/2009 S Filed
Caption: Relating to reconstituting the system benefit fund as a trust fund and to uses of the fund.

 

Another Senate Bill…


SB 428

Author:

West, Royce

 

Last Action:

01/08/2009 S Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the requirement that retail electric providers give notice to customers before permanently ceasing to operate.

 

Summary:

Requires REPs to give notice to customers 30 days prior to permanently ceasing to operate; and

Requires REPs to furnish customer contact information to ERCOT on a quarterly basis, and requires ERCOT to maintain a dbase of such information.

 

Updated List of Bills


HB 444

Author:

Edwards

 

Last Action:

12/19/2008 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the issuance of estimated customer bills by electric utilities and retail electric providers.

 

Summary:

Allows REPs to issue an “estimated” bill but allows customer to request a reading and defer payment until bill based on actual reading is produced.  Also prohibits disconnection of service for nonpayment of estimated bill

HB 491

Author:

Zerwas

 

Last Action:

01/06/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to allowing customers to opt out of provider of last resort default service.

 

Summary:

Allows customers to opt out of receiving service from a POLR should that become necessary, which may result in loss of service.  Customers would also be allowed to reinstate service with a POLR.

Mandates that a list of customers who opt-out be provided to REPs

SB 265

Author:

Hinojosa

 

Last Action:

11/12/2008 S Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to benefits and protections for certain residential electric customers

 

Summary:

Sets deposit waiver requirements for elderly, and for “good credit”;

Establishes as summer disconnect moratorium for low income customers and ill & disabled customers and requires the offering of a specific deferred payment plan

Requires the offering of a specific deferred payment plan during the summer moratorium months to elderly customers who request assistance

Establishes the SBF as a fund held outside the state treasury

 

Recap of Bills Filed Thus Far


HB 444

Author:

Edwards

 

Last Action:

12/19/2008 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the issuance of estimated customer bills by electric utilities and retail electric providers.

 

Summary:

Allows REPs to issue an “estimated” bill but allows customer to request a reading and defer payment until bill based on actual reading is produced.  Also prohibits disconnection of service for nonpayment of estimated bill

SB 265

Author:

Hinojosa

 

Last Action:

11/12/2008 S Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to benefits and protections for certain residential electric customers

 

Summary:

Sets deposit waiver requirements for elderly, and for “good credit”;

Establishes as summer disconnect moratorium for low income customers and ill & disabled customers and requires the offering of a specific deferred payment plan

Requires the offering of a specific deferred payment plan during the summer moratorium months to elderly customers who request assistance

Establishes the SBF as a fund held outside the state treasury