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13 Document(s) [ Subject: Electricity supplies ]

Committee: House Environmental Regulation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Air pollution | Carbon dioxide | Coal-fired power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electricity supplies | Environmental permits | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Manufacturing | State administrative hearings |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 en89
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [39 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the environmental permitting processes at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), specifically the contested-case hearing process at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and the timelines associated with the process. Study the economic impact that the state's permitting processes have on Texas manufacturing sectors and how neighboring states' and the federal permitting processes and timelines compare to those in Texas.
2. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
3. Review the Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed Clean Power Plan to determine the potential impact the proposed federal rule would have on Texas. Specifically, the Committee should examine how the proposed emissions reductions would impact the reliability of the state's electricity generation, the potential impact on the price of retail electricity and its affordability, and the potential impact on the economic development of the state. Additionally, the Committee should review the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards to determine if they are capable of contributing to meeting any proposed emissions reductions and determine what changes, if any, to these policies could help facilitate meeting the proposed emissions reductions.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Anonymous campaign contributions | Campaign finance and expenditure reports | Campaign finance reform | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | Enhanced driver licenses | Environmental cleanup | Environmental compliance | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Government transparency | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Railroad Commission of Texas | Real ID Act | State government contracts | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 St29h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [56 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the methods state agencies use for planning for investment in future infrastructure. Specifically, review how agencies determine what investments in infrastructure will be necessary to meet the state's demands and facilitate continued economic expansion. Review how agencies determine the costs and benefits associated with future infrastructure investment to ensure that the citizens of the state are receiving the best value and what other factors agencies use to make investment decisions.
2. Study Title 15 of the Election Code, which regulates political funds and campaigns, including requirements for financial reports by campaigns, candidates, officeholders, and political committees. Specifically, study what types of groups are exempt from reporting requirements in the Election Code and make recommendations on how to make the political process more transparent.
3. Study the different financial assurance options used by state agencies to ensure compliance with environmental clean-up or remediation costs. Determine whether the methods utilized by state agencies are appropriate to ensure sufficient funds will be available when called upon.
4. Review state agency contracting with businesses seeking to provide goods and services to the state. Study the procedures agencies use to determine the costs versus benefits when evaluating proposals. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure transparency and accountability and to promote ethical business practices.
5. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Alternative energy | Broadband technology | Building codes | Consumer credit | Consumer Credit Commissioner, Office of | Credit service organizations | Droughts | Electric meters | Electric power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electric utility deregulation | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Homeowners insurance | Insurance, Texas Department of | Job training programs | Lifeline | Municipally-owned utilities | Occupational licenses | Rural areas | Subprime lending | Telecommunications | Telecommunications deregulation | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Universal Service Fund | Water and wastewater utility rates and charges | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 B963
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [222 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impact of drought, regulatory changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and changing market conditions on Texas' electrical market. Make recommendations, if needed to ensure continued access to reliable and affordable electricity. *
2. Assess the impact of extreme drought conditions on electric generation capacity.
3. Identify those regions of Texas that will be most affected by a lack of capacity.
4. Analyze response plans and make recommendations to improve and expedite those plans.
5. Study and make recommendations for workforce training programs in Texas to ensure that such programs meet business and worker needs. Specifically, study whether such programs target economic growth areas and future workforce needs of the health care, skilled trades, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, and information technology industries and help retain workers in those trades and fields.
6. Study the state's approach to licensing and regulation of occupations to ensure protection of public welfare, trust, health, and safety and eliminate unnecessary, overly restrictive, or anti-competitive regulation. Review guidelines and other states' approaches for determining when regulation is necessary and make recommendations for improving Texas' regulatory system.
7. Conduct a broad review of the Texas homeowners insurance market and make recommendations to improve transparency and consumer education, ensure fair practices, and lower rates. Specifically, consider the following:
  • Compare Texas' homeowners insurance premiums with those of other states and identify the factors underlying Texas' premium levels and recommend steps that the Legislature may take to reduce homeowners' rates, if appropriate;
  • Study strategies that increase awareness of state insurance resources to help consumers compare rates and coverage among various insurance providers
  • Study the relationship between insurance premiums and construction costs, especially as associated with recovery from natural disasters, to ensure that consumers are treated fairly;
  • Review the use by insurers, in rating and underwriting decisions, of customer inquiries regarding the general terms or conditions of, or coverage offered under, an insurance policy.
8. Study the relationship between city governments and municipally-owned utilities, including any duplicative or redundant functions, the amounts and justifications required for transfer payments between the entities, and the benefits and disadvantages of alternative governance structures.
9. Analyze the state of the telecommunications market in Texas, including the costs and benefits of full deregulation of the market; the impact and viability of the Texas Universal Service Fund and Provider of Last Resort requirements; the impact of SB 980, Regular Session, 82nd Legislature, relating to telecommunications regulation and rulemaking; the availability of broadband; telecommunications service discounts; and rights-­of-way charges. Make recommendations to enhance services, support the industry, and ensure adequate and affordable access for consumers.
10. Review current and pending ERCOT protocols as they apply to all generation technology, and identify those protocols that may provide operational, administrative, or competitive advantages to any specific generation by fuel type. Consider the impact any revisions to the protocols may have on grid reliability and electricity rates. Make recommendations for revisions or statutory changes to limit distortions in the Texas electrical market.
11. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, review the implementation of HB 2592 and HB 2594 relating to payday lending, and make recommendations relating to consistency and coordination with local ordinances and federal law.
12. Study whether advanced meters, or smart meters, that have been, and will be, installed in Texas have harmful effects on health. Report findings on whether an independent testing company perform an analysis on the safety of advanced meters should be commissioned and the appropriate organization to conduct such a study.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coal mining | Droughts | Electric power plants | Electricity supplies | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | General Land Office | Hydraulic fracturing | Irrigation | Natural gas production | Oil production | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Uranium mines | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water Development Board, Texas | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 N218h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [184 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the ongoing statewide drought and the performance of state, regional, and local entities in addressing it. Examine the impact of the drought on the state water plan, including an evaluation of how well the state's existing water resources can meet demand, the need for additional funding sources to implement the plan, and the effectiveness of current drought planning and drought management policies. Identify short-term and long-term strategies to help the state better cope with drought and assess any obstacles, including state and federal regulations, to implementation of these strategies.
2. Examine the interplay of water and energy resources and needs in the state. Study the economic, environmental, and social impacts of water use in energy production and exploration, including the impacts of this use on regional and state water planning. Determine the current and likely future water needs of power generation and energy production, and evaluate options to develop new or alternative supplies. Include an evaluation of current issues involving water use for oil and gas production and related water quality issues.
3. Evaluate the status of desalination projects in Texas. Include an evaluation of the regulation of brackish groundwater and whether opportunities exist to facilitate better utilization of this groundwater to meet future needs.
4. Study ways to enhance incentives for water conservation in agricultural irrigation.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Broadband technology | Cable telecommunications providers | Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | Computer networks | Computers | Council on Competitive Government | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electricity supplies | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Mercury | Occupational licenses | Privatization | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Railroad Commission of Texas | Rules and regulations | State agencies | State government contracts | State land | State purchasing | Texas Facilities Commission | Transboundary pollution |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 St29h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [78 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the issue of resource adequacy in the Texas electricity market, federal and state interventions in the marketplace that may be negatively impacting future adequacy, and the best way to maintain resource adequacy.
2. Examine whether current law ensures broadband provider access to an electric cooperative's utility poles and facilities pursuant to reasonable, cost-based, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions. Study methods for improving access to electric cooperative utility poles to reduce unnecessary costs and delays for the delivery of broadband service to Texas consumers.
3. Examine areas of potential privatization of state services in an effort to achieve a higher level of service and greater efficiency for Texas taxpayers. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
4. Identify inefficiencies in the regulation of public utilities in order to minimize the cost of regulation to consumers.
5. Examine methods of cloud computing technology to streamline agency operations and generate greater efficiencies for more cost-effective operations. (Joint with the House Committee on Technology)
6. Examine state agency rulemaking and consider ways to improve procedural efficiencies and public transparency, and to better inform policymakers as to their use, purpose, and cost-effectiveness, including an examination of the financial and other impacts such regulations have on both the license holder and the public. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of SB 1048 regarding public-private partnerships on state-owned property.
8. Study how businesses seeking to provide goods or services to the state interact with state agencies. Consider whether additional procedures are needed to ensure that goods and services obtained by the state are the best value. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure transparency, accountability, and to promote ethical business practices.
Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Energy Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Barnett Shale | Carbon capture and sequestration | Carbon dioxide | Electric power plants | Electricity supplies | Energy conservation | Natural gas drilling | Natural gas industry | Natural gas leases | Oil drilling | Oil industry | Oil leases | Property rights | Railroad Commission of Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 En29
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [53 pages  File size: 1,249 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Survey current local ordinances governing surface use of property in oil and gas development. Recommend changes, if any, to the authority of the Railroad Commission to regulate the operation of oil and gas industries in urban areas of the state, particularly the Barnett Shale.
2. Monitor the implementation of recent legislation dealing with carbon capture and storage and make recommendations as to whether further action is required to resolve outstanding issues. Examine proposed legislation from other states and review federal initiatives.
3. Examine the state's portfolio of electric generation resources, including traditional sources, emerging renewable technologies, and energy efficiency. Determine whether the existing state regulatory programs and incentives are adequate to meet the energy needs of the future. Consider factors relating to reliability, requirements for additional transmission, or auxiliary services. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on State Affairs
4. Consider the establishment of uniform statutes and codes relating to liquid petroleum gas permitting and operations as a means to resolve conflicts of interpretation between state and local jurisdictions.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010
Subjects: Alternative energy | Climate change | Electric power plants | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | Energy conservation | State buildings | Undocumented immigrants | Water conservation |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 St29h
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [74 pages  File size: 1,777 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review state compliance with federal law regarding undocumented immigrants. Evaluate the costs of services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants by state agencies and local governments.
2. Examine state policy on "green" technologies for all state buildings and costs associated with such implementation.
3. Monitor federal legislation and regulatory initiatives pertaining to climate change and its effects on utilities and consumers. Consider Texas' response to proposals and make recommendations as to any further preparations.
4. Examine the state's portfolio of electric generation resources, including traditional sources, emerging renewable technologies, and energy efficiency. Determine whether the existing state regulatory programs and incentives are adequate to meet the energy needs of the future. Consider factors relating to reliability, requirements for additional transmission, or auxiliary services. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Energy Resources
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Alternative energy | Climate change | Electric power plants | Electricity supplies | House Select Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 EL26e
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [91 pages  File size: 2,595 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the state's demand for electric generation capacity for the next 50 years and the infrastructure and technology available for meeting that demand.
2. Study the environmental effects of existing electric generating facilities, including the effects on global warming or climate change.
3. Prepare a long-term electric energy and environmental impact plan for the 81st Legislature that includes:
(A) an estimate of the demand for electric generation capacity by this state for each of the next 50 years; (B) an inventory of all existing electric generating facilities operating in this state; (C) an assessment of the types of, and amount of electric generation capacity from, electric generation technology available to be used to meet the demand for generation capacity, including: (i) coal; (ii) renewable energy; (iii) liquefied natural gas; (iv) nuclear energy; (v) integrated gasification combined cycle technology; and (vi) hydrogen gas; (D) an assessment of the environmental effects of existing and potential electric generating facilities and energy generation technology, including the effects on: (i) the emission of pollutants regulated by the federal Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. Section 7412); (ii) the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases; (iii) the cumulative effect on air quality in nonattainment areas; (iv) whether an increase in emissions would cause an area to become a nonattainment area; and (v) global warming or climate change; (E) an assessment of the reliability of existing electric generating facilities to meet the demand for electric generation capacity; (F) an estimate of the costs associated with meeting the demand for electric generation capacity; and (G) recommendations for reducing demand through the use of energy efficiency programs.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 78th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Broadband technology | Building and Procurement Commission, Texas | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | General Services Commission, Texas | Homeland security | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Rural issues | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Terrorism |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 st29h
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [220 pages  File size: 5,169 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the deployment of advanced telecommunications services throughout Texas and evaluate possible state policies to ensure availability of broadband service to all Texans. Study barriers faced by rural and urban communities in obtaining advanced services and explore ways for these communities, the state and cities to secure the benefits of affordable broadband access to underserved citizens.
2. Determine what, if any, broadband access is available to the citizens of each rural community of the state and to each inner-city community in the state. Together with the Public Utility Commission, or another agency or university of the state, establish a system for tracking broadband service offerings in rural and inner-city communities on an on-going basis.
3. Gather information related to the security of state-owned buildings and facilities, public and private communications systems and electric generation and transmission facilities. Review government regulations and business practices to determine whether legislation is needed to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
4. Review the activities and mission of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, assess the extent to which the Fund has met the goal of extending services to underserved client groups, and consider whether the need for the Fund's programs extends beyond the statutory termination.
5. Review the laws and procedures governing the siting of electric transmission lines. Consider how the need for transmission lines is determined, how routes are selected, the technology selected for a given route, the interests of landowners on whose property the lines are sited, and the interests of consumers and the public in siting decisions.
6. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the transfer of functions and duties of the former General Services Commission to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission and the Department of Information Resources.
Committee: Senate State Purchase of Electricity, Task Force on
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Task Force on the State Purchase of Electricity : report to the 70th Legislature.
Subjects: Electric utility rates and charges | Electricity supplies | State agency budgets |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 el256
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [373 pages  File size: 11,969 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To examine the state's options for purchasing electricity for state buildings in Travis County.
Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Energy Resources, Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Abandoned oil wells | Austin, Texas | Electricity supplies | Mining | Municipally-owned utilities | Natural gas industry | Natural gas leases | Oil industry | Oil leases | State land | Surety and fidelity bonds | Texas State Capitol | Theft |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 en27
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [84 pages  File size: 2,526 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the rising epidemic of oil field theft in Texas in cooperation with producers, operators, haulers, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies to determine better methods for prevention and investigation of thefts as well as apprehension and prosecution of suspected oil field thieves. Make recommendations to the 68th Legislature.
2. Examine Proposition Number 7 as adopted by the Austin City Council to determine its impact on the cost of electric service provided to the State Capitol Complex. Particular emphasis should be given to 1)comparing the rates charged by Austin Electric Utility Department to those of other electric utilities supplying large-volume users in the Central Texas area; and 2) investigating all other potential sources of supply. Recommendations are to be made based on an examination of the proposition, the cost comparison data and an evaluation of alternative procedures.
3. Study the procedure for leasing of hard rock minerals in terms of monetary value for the principals involved.
4. Examine the requirements for the posting of performance bonds on oil and gas wells.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Interim Report - City of Austin response
Library Catalog Title: Response to questions concerning proposal #7 electric rates / submitted to the House Energy Resources Committee by City of Austin.
Library Call Number: L1801.9 EN27 67
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [90 pages]
Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Committee Report
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 EN27 65
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [25 pages]

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