Archive for February 2009

Full list of bills thus far…

It’s long, but pay attention to the most recently filed house bills, there’s some big concepts in there…
 

HB 444

Author:

Edwards

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/18/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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

 

HB 631

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/18/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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.

 

HB 725

Author:

Veasey

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/19/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

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

 

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken;

(3)  offers a deferred payment plan that is at least as generous as the plan required by Section 182.002(a-1); and

(4)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

 

HB 840

Author:

Martinez, “Mando”

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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”

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

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

 

 

Summary:

Amends section 39.101 of the utility code to prohibit disconnections for non-payment or late payments for protected classes of customers and mandates establishment of deferred payment plans

 

HB 972

Author:

Quintanilla

House Bus. & Ind.

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 H Referred to Business & Industry

 

 

Caption:

Relating to inclusion on certain advertising documents of the license or certificate of registration number of certain individuals regulated by this state who solicit business in consumers’ homes; providing a civil penalty.

 

 

Summary:

Requires certificate numbers to be on any and all “leave behind” documents used by door to door sales agents.

 

HB 995

Author:

Turner, Chris

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of expiration and price change in retail electric service contracts.

 

 

Summary:

Requires delivery of a contract expiration notice 60 days before the end of a fixed price contract.

 

HB 1053

Author:

Mallory Caraway

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/24/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

Relating to a grace period from the statement issue date for payment of services to certain electric utilities and related entities.

 

 

Summary:

Requires 30 calendar days from date of bill issuance to date of disconnection of service.

 

HB 1097

Author:

Vo

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/24/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

Relating to contract expiration dates on electric bills

 

 

Summary::

Requires retail electric bills to include the contract expiration date on the bill.

 

HB 1100

Author:

Vo

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/24/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the date of payment for retail electric services.

 

 

Summary:

Sets the payment date as the postmark on the envelope.

 

HB 1160

Author:

Geren

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of contract expiration in retail electric service contracts.

 

 

Summary:

Sets minimum term of a “fixed price contract” at 6 months; requires delivery by US mail of a contract expiration notice not less than 60 days before contract expiration of a “fixed price contract.”

 

HB 1182

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

 

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the administration and purposes of the system benefit fund and the eligibility of customers for benefits under certain programs financed by the system benefit fund and other programs

 

 

Summary:

Allows PUCT to spend funds irrespective of separate appropriations authority and reorders the funding priorities.

 

HB 1243

Author:

Gallego

 

 

Last Action:

02/12/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to net metering for retail electric service customers and compensation for excess electricity generated by a retail electric customer’s on-site generator

 

 

Summary:

Requires retail electric providers to compensate retail customers who provide eligible generation and deliver it to the electric grid.

 

HB 1519

Author:

Vo

 

 

Last Action:

02/19/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the disconnection of electric services to certain customers

 

 

Summary:

Prohibits disconnections of residential critical care, elderly low-income and low-income customers from July 1 through September 30 of each year, mandates reconnection of service if customer has been disconnected prior to start of moratorium; prohibits disconnection during moratorium for non-payment of deferred payment plans by residential critical and elderly low-income customers.

 

HB 1698

Author:

Martinez, “Mando”

 

 

Last Action:

02/24/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to reconstituting the system benefit fund as a trust fund and to uses of the fund.

 

 

Summary:

Creates the SBF as a trust fund, mandates audit responsibilities, requires full distribution of proceeds

 

HB 1718

Author:

Thibaut

 

 

Last Action:

02/24/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to safeguards for certain customers of retail public utilities in the electric power market.

 

 

Summary:

Similar to HB 1519

Prohibits disconnections of residential critical care, elderly low-income and low-income customers from July 1 through September 30 of each year, mandates reconnection of service if customer has been disconnected prior to start of moratorium; prohibits disconnection during moratorium for non-payment of deferred payment plans by residential critical and elderly low-income customers.  Establishes DPP terms.

 

HB 1797

Author:

Bohac

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of a price change in retail electric service contracts.

 

 

Summary:

Requires delivery of a contract expiration notice for fixed price contracts not less than one billing cycle before the end of the contract.

 

HB 1798

Author:

Bohac

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to information that must be included on certain electric bills.

 

 

Summary:

Requires bills for variable price products to include the bundled electric rate (exclusive of taxes) for the current and previous billing period, as well as an estimate for the next billing period.  Requires bills to also direct customers to the Power to Choose website for more information.

 

HB 1799

Author:

Bohac

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to information that must be included on certain electric bills

 

 

Summary:

Requires all bills to contain text directing customers to the Power to Choose website for more information.

 

HB 1822

Author:

Solomons

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of certain terms by certificated telecommunications utilities, retail electric providers, and electric utilities in retail bills.

 

 

Summary:

Requires the PUCT to develop rules that include a list of defined terms common to the telecommunications and electricity industries and require that applicable terms be labeled uniformly on each retail bill sent to a customer by a certificated telecommunications utility, retail electric provider, or electric utility to facilitate consumer understanding of relevant billing elements.

 

HB 1836

Author:

Davis, Yvonne

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the prices a retail electric provider charges certain residential customers.

 

 

Summary:

Requires that month-to-month contract prices be no higher than fixed price contracts being offered.

 

HB 1837

Author:

Davis, Yvonne

 

 

Last Action:

02/25/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to regulation of electric services.

 

 

Summary:

Sets a price cap for retail electric service for REPs; requires the PUCT to establish a mechanism to ensure that REPs are organizationally and financial reliable; requires the commission to establish an vertically integrated utility to offer retail electric service in each area at a regulated rate.

 

SB 265

Author:

Hinojosa

Senate B&C;

 

Last Action:

02/11/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

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

 

SB 428

Author:

West, Royce

Senate B&C;

 

Last Action:

02/17/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

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.

 

SB 464

Author:

Zaffirini

Senate Finance

 

Last Action:

02/17/2009 S Referred to Finance

 

 

Caption:

Relating to reconstituting the system benefit fund as a trust fund and to uses of the fund.

 

SB 618

Author:

Shapleigh

Senate B & C

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of net metering by certain electric utilities.

 

 

Summary:

Requires REPs to offer net metering service.

 

SB 630

Author:

Davis, Wendy

Senate B & C

 

Companion

HB 725 by Veasey

 

 

Last Action:

02/23/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

Caption:

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

 

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken; and

(3)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

 

 

Adopted Customer Disclosure Rule issued

Commission staff has filed the final disclosure rule (project 35768) that was approved last Friday. 

Updated bill tracking w/current status

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

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/18/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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

 

HB 631

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/18/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

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.

 

HB 725

Author:

Veasey

House State Affairs

 

Last Action:

02/19/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

 

 

Caption:

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

 

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken;

(3)  offers a deferred payment plan that is at least as generous as the plan required by Section 182.002(a-1); and

(4)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

 

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:

Amends section 39.101 of the utility code to prohibit disconnections for non-payment or late payments for protected classes of customers and mandates establishment of deferred payment plans

 

HB 972

Author:

Quintanilla

 

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to inclusion on certain advertising documents of the license or certificate of registration number of certain individuals regulated by this state who solicit business in consumers’ homes; providing a civil penalty.

 

 

Summary:

Requires certificate numbers to be on any and all “leave behind” documents used by door to door sales agents.

 

HB 995

Author:

Turner, Chris

 

 

Last Action:

02/03/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of expiration and price change in retail electric service contracts.

 

 

Summary:

Requires delivery of a contract expiration notice 60 days before the end of a fixed price contract.

 

HB 1053

Author:

Mallory Caraway

 

 

Last Action:

02/04/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to a grace period from the statement issue date for payment of services to certain electric utilities and related entities.

 

 

Summary:

Requires 30 calendar days from date of bill issuance to date of disconnection of service.

 

HB 1097

Author:

Vo

 

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to contract expiration dates on electric bills

 

 

Summary::

Requires retail electric bills to include the contract expiration date on the bill.

 

HB 1100

Author:

Vo

 

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the date of payment for retail electric services.

 

 

Summary:

Sets the payment date as the postmark on the envelope.

 

HB 1160

Author:

Geren

 

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of contract expiration in retail electric service contracts.

 

 

Summary:

Sets minimum term of a “fixed price contract” at 6 months; requires delivery by US mail of a contract expiration notice not less than 60 days before contract expiration of a “fixed price contract.”

 

HB 1182

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

 

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the administration and purposes of the system benefit fund and the eligibility of customers for benefits under certain programs financed by the system benefit fund and other programs

 

 

Summary:

Allows PUCT to spend funds irrespective of separate appropriations authority and reorders the funding priorities.

 

HB 1243

Author:

Gallego

 

 

Last Action:

02/12/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to net metering for retail electric service customers and compensation for excess electricity generated by a retail electric customer’s on-site generator

 

 

Summary:

Requires retail electric providers to compensate retail customers who provide eligible generation and deliver it to the electric grid.

 

HB 1519

Author:

Vo

 

 

Last Action:

02/19/2009 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the disconnection of electric services to certain customers

 

 

Summary:

Prohibits disconnections of residential critical care, elderly low-income and low-income customers from July 1 through September 30 of each year, mandates reconnection of service if customer has been disconnected prior to start of moratorium; prohibits disconnection during moratorium for non-payment of deferred payment plans by residential critical and elderly low-income customers.

 

SB 265

Author:

Hinojosa

Senate B&C;

 

Last Action:

02/11/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

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

 

SB 428

Author:

West, Royce

Senate B&C;

 

Last Action:

02/17/2009 S Referred to Business & Commerce

 

 

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.

 

SB 464

Author:

Zaffirini

Senate Finance

 

Last Action:

02/17/2009 S Referred to Finance

 

 

Caption:

Relating to reconstituting the system benefit fund as a trust fund and to uses of the fund.

 

SB 618

Author:

Shapleigh

 

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 S Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of net metering by certain electric utilities.

 

 

Summary:

Requires REPs to offer net metering service.

 

SB 630

Author:

Davis, Wendy

 

 

Companion

HB 725 by Veasey

 

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 S Filed

 

 

Caption:

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

 

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken; and

(3)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

 

A summer disconnect moratorium bill


HB 1519

Author:

Vo

 

Last Action:

02/19/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the disconnection of electric services to certain customers

 

Summary:

Prohibits disconnections of residential critical care, elderly low-income and low-income customers from July 1 through September 30 of each year, mandates reconnection of service if customer has been disconnected prior to start of moratorium; prohibits disconnection during moratorium for non-payment of deferred payment plans by residential critical and elderly low-income customers.

 

Disclosure Rule Subject of Special Open Meeting…

A special open meeting was posted today and will occur on Friday, Feb. 20th to revisit the Disclosure Rule in docket 35768.  It appears the Commissioners want to revisit the “Gross Receipts” issue that arose at the conclusion of the open meeting where the rule was adopted.

The full list of bills thus far…

that we are tracking that directly relate to competitive retail electric service…(meaning this is all the bills affecting electric service)…
 

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

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.

HB 725

Author:

Veasey

 

Last Action:

01/22/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

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

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken;

(3)  offers a deferred payment plan that is at least as generous as the plan required by Section 182.002(a-1); and

(4)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

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:

Amends section 39.101 of the utility code to prohibit disconnections for non-payment or late payments for protected classes of customers and mandates establishment of deferred payment plans

HB 972

Author:

Quintanilla

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to inclusion on certain advertising documents of the license or certificate of registration number of certain individuals regulated by this state who solicit business in consumers’ homes; providing a civil penalty.

 

Summary:

Requires certificate numbers to be on any and all “leave behind” documents used by door to door sales agents.

HB 995

Author:

Turner, Chris

 

Last Action:

02/03/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of expiration and price change in retail electric service contracts.

 

Summary:

Requires delivery of a contract expiration notice 60 days before the end of a fixed price contract.

HB 1053

Author:

Mallory Caraway

 

Last Action:

02/04/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to a grace period from the statement issue date for payment of services to certain electric utilities and related entities.

 

Summary:

Requires 30 calendar days from date of bill issuance to date of disconnection of service.

HB 1097

Author:

Vo

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to contract expiration dates on electric bills

 

Summary::

Requires retail electric bills to include the contract expiration date on the bill.

HB 1100

Author:

Vo

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the date of payment for retail electric services.

 

Summary:

Sets the payment date as the postmark on the envelope.

HB 1160

Author:

Geren

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of contract expiration in retail electric service contracts.

 

Summary:

Sets minimum term of a “fixed price contract” at 6 months; requires delivery by US mail of a contract expiration notice not less than 60 days before contract expiration of a “fixed price contract.”

HB 1182

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the administration and purposes of the system benefit fund and the eligibility of customers for benefits under certain programs financed by the system benefit fund and other programs

 

Summary:

Allows PUCT to spend funds irrespective of separate appropriations authority and reorders the funding priorities.

HB 1243

Author:

Gallego

 

Last Action:

02/12/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to net metering for retail electric service customers and compensation for excess electricity generated by a retail electric customer’s on-site generator

 

Summary:

Requires retail electric providers to compensate retail customers who provide eligible generation and deliver it to the electric grid.

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

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.

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.

SB 618

Author:

Shapleigh

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 S Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of net metering by certain electric utilities.

 

Summary:

Requires REPs to offer net metering service.

SB 630

Author:

Davis, Wendy

 

Last Action:

02/02/2009 S Filed

 

Caption:

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

 

Summary:

Amends section 182.001 of the Utility Code to allow disabled individuals to request deferred payment plans.  As defined in this section, the word “Utility” means an electric, gas, water, or telephone utility operated by a public or private entity.

 

Sec. 182.005.  CERTAIN UTILITIES NOT AFFECTED.  This subchapter does not apply to a utility that:

(1)  does not assess a late payment charge on a residential customer;

(2)  does not suspend service before the 26th day after the date of the bill for which collection action is taken; and

(3)  is regulated under Title 2.

 

Title 2 is PURA, which regulates all REPs.

House Committee Assignments…

The key committee for retail electric issues is House State Affairs.
 
It 17 members are represented by 8 Republicans and 7 Democrats.
 
Chair:  Burt Solomons (R)
Vice Chair:  Jose Menendez (D)
 
Seniority Appointments: 
Tom Craddick (R)
Pete Gallego (D)
Harvey Hilderbran (R)
Rene Oliveira (D)
David Swinford (R)
Sylvester Turner (D)
 
Speaker Appointments:
Byron Cook (R)
David Farabee (D)
Charlie Geren (R)
Patricia Harless (R)
Delwin Jones (R)
Eddie Lucio, III (D)
Diana Maldonado (D)
                                

More bills for your reading pleasure…


HB 1160

Author:

Geren

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to notice of contract expiration in retail electric service contracts.

 

Summary:

Sets minimum term of a “fixed price contract” at 6 months; requires delivery by US mail of a contract expiration notice not less than 60 days before contract expiration of a “fixed price contract.”

HB 1182

Author:

Turner, Sylvester

 

Last Action:

02/10/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the administration and purposes of the system benefit fund and the eligibility of customers for benefits under certain programs financed by the system benefit fund and other programs

 

Summary:

Allows PUCT to spend funds irrespective of separate appropriations authority and reorders the funding priorities.

New Bills to Track…


HB 1053

Author:

Mallory Caraway

 

Last Action:

02/04/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to a grace period from the statement issue date for payment of services to certain electric utilities and related entities.

 

Summary:

Requires 30 calendar days from date of bill issuance to date of disconnection of service.

HB 1097

Author:

Vo

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to contract expiration dates on electric bills

 

Summary::

Requires retail electric bills to include the contract expiration date on the bill.

HB 1100

Author:

Vo

 

Last Action:

02/06/2009 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the date of payment for retail electric services.

 

Summary:

Sets the payment date as the postmark on the envelope.

Staff issues certification rule memo…

in advance of the next open meeting to facilitate the Commissioner’s discussion of key policy cuts:
 
 
Patricia Dolese
Regulatory Compliance Services
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