Archive for February 2011

Staff asks Commissioners to make Prepay Policy Cuts

PUCT staff filed a memo yesterday in docket 38675 asking the Commissioners to provide policy guidance to the staff so staff could prepare a draft order for approval.  The staff memo identifies 5 policy cuts for which they are seeking guidance.  They are:

1.  The applicability of switch-holds to prepay

2.  The use of minimum balances

3.  Limits of fees – like those for disconnection and reconnection

4.  Compliance with new rule timelines

5.  Transition of critical care customers

See the full text of staff’s memo here

Rep. Davis files bill restricting default offer price

The following bills were assigned subjects of interest:

Subject: Utilities–General

HB 1445
Relating to the prices a retail electric provider charges certain residential customers 

By:  Davis of Dallas                                                                                                                                                 H.B. No. 1445

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

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

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 39, Utilities Code, is amended by adding Section 39.113 to read as follows:

Sec. 39.113.  PRICES CHARGED FOR FIXED PRICE CONTRACTS AND MONTH-TO-MONTH SERVICE.  (a)  In this section, “fixed price contract” means a residential retail electric service contract for which the price is stated in the contract and does not change throughout the term of the contract.  The term does not include month-to-month service.

(b)  A retail electric provider may not offer month-to-month service to a residential customer at a higher price than the price at which the retail electric provider offers a fixed price contract to a new or renewing residential customer.

SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only to a contract for retail electric service entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of this Act.  A contract for retail electric service entered into or renewed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law as it existed immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.

Rep. Turner files legislation blocking switch-holds

02/09/2011 H Filed
 

 

Caption Version: Introduced
Caption Text: Relating to the removal of certain restrictions on the ability to switch retail electric providers.
   

 

Author: Turner
   

 

Subjects: Utilities–Electric (I0831)

 

HB 1204 below

82R5250 ALL-D

By:  Turner                                                                                                                  H.B. No. 1204

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to the removal of certain restrictions on the ability to switch retail electric providers.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1.  Section 39.101, Utilities Code, is amended by adding Subsection (e-1) to read as follows:

(e-1)  Notwithstanding Subsection (e), to provide a customer with electric service in an area that has implemented customer choice, on request of a retail electric provider, a transmission and distribution utility shall remove a hold or any other restriction that is based on an amount due to another retail electric provider and that is preventing the customer from receiving electric service.

SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2011.