This Texas Electricity Bill Would Ban Penalties for Using too Little

This Texas Electricity Bill Would Ban Penalties for Using too Little

March 9, 2015

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2015 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

The 3/9/15 Houston Chronicle reports on Rep. Turner’s bill to prohibit Retail Electric Providers from charging certain penalties for insufficient power use. “The bill would ban REPs from charging “minimum use fees” to customers whose monthly electricity consumption falls below thresholds set by electric companies. It also would prohibit electric providers from offering credits to customers whose monthly electricity usage goes beyond a particular threshold. Both policies, critics say, discourage conservation at a time when environmental advocates, state and local governments and even electric companies themselves are urging customers to reduce their daily electricity usage.” “We’re asking people to conserve and not just use more and more electricity,” said state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, the bill’s sponsor. “These run counter to that objective.” A recent study found that “at least 218 plans contained provisions that penalized low electricity consumption or rewarded high consumption. At least 34 of the 49 electric providers serving the Houston area offered one or more plans with those fees or credits.” Rep. Turner’s bill is House Bill 2253, relating to a report by the PUCT on retail electric service minimum usage fees and usage credits.

Back to Texas Electric News Clips

  • Competitive Assets

    provides information and consulting for the Texas electric utility industry and is the information source relied upon by many retail electric providers, cooperatives, municipalities, generators, power marketers, brokers, aggregators, wires companies, PUCT staff, ERCOT staff, Texas legislators and staff, FERC staff, metering companies, members of the financial community, consumer representatives, and other parties interested in the Texas electric industry..

    For more, click here to visit CompetitiveAssets.com

  • News Services provided by Competitive Assets

    Texas Electric Watch

    Texas Electric Policy News

    ERCOT Monitor Reports

    ====================

    For a free trial subscription to any of these 3 news services, please send an email to freetrial. If you are interested in subscribing any of these 3 news services, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

  • Special Reports by Competitive Assets

    How to Prepare Confidential Filings at the PUCT

    ====================

    For more information about this special report, please click here or go to CA Store-Special Reports page.

  • ERCOT Monitor Reports---New Issue

    *******************************

    ERCOT's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting 8/25/16

    At the August Technical Advisory Committee meeting, participants considered a number of revision requests, heard an update on the Smart Meter Texas efforts, and noted the growth of unregistered distributed generation in several load zones.

    For more about the meeting, Please click here.

  • Other Services provided by Competitive Assets

    ERCOT TDU Rate Updates

    Provides updates of approved rates for TDUs in ERCOT in a spreadsheet format, updated twice per month

    If you are interested in subscribing this service, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151