TCAP Current Issue 53
TCAP Current
Issue 53 | March 2019

More than 4,500 filed House bills, more than 2,400 filed Senate Bills and nearly three months to go before the 86th session of the Texas Legislature adjourns sine die. The session has now entered its middle months, with lawmakers working long hours in committees and important debates under way almost every day on the floor the Texas House and Senate.

Lawmakers have filed more than 100 energy-related bills. Most will die before making it to the governor’s desk, but some will survive – and they could eventually influence the affordability and reliability of gas and electric service. We summarized a few bills of interest in last month’s newsletter. Here are a few more:

  • House Bill 400, by state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, would create a "grid security council" whose members would monitor economic, environmental, regulatory and technological developments that may affect grid security. The legislation received a hearing in the House State Affairs committee on March 25, but so far no vote. HB 400 is among about a half dozen House and Senate bills filed this year that relate to grid security.
  • House Bill 3645 by state Rep. Tan Parker and Senate Bill 1497 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini would require the registration and regulation of energy brokers at the PUC. These are consumer protection bills. HB 3645 has received a hearing in the House State Affairs committee, but not a vote. The Senate Business and Commerce Committee approved SB 1497 on March 21 and it now awaits a vote by the full Senate.
  • Senate Bill 1941, by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, would allow transmission and distribution utilities to enter into agreements with generators to provide power from energy storage units. This legislation stems from a recommendation by the Texas Public Utility Commission, which lately has contended with thorny requests from regulated transmission utilities that want permission to operate utility-scale batteries. SB 1941 awaits a hearing in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee.

The 86th Texas Legislature adjourns sine die on May 27.

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If you have any questions about this newsletter or have a news tip, feel free to contact TCAP policy analyst R.A. "Jake" Dyer. He can be reached by email at rdyer@tcaptx.com.


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