Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of legislative committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming hearings.

 

February 25
House Committees on Energy Resources and State Affairs (Joint Hearing)
The Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources will hold a joint public hearing to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts during the recent unprecedented weather event; the response by industry, suppliers, and grid operators; and changes necessary to avoid future power interruptions.

The committee will hear invited testimony only on:
- Statewide electrical blackouts-contributing factors and response

 

Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Purpose: The purpose of this hearing is to examine extreme weather condition preparedness and circumstances that led to the power outages as directed by Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The committee will also review generator preparedness and performance, utility outage practices, natural gas supply, and the reliability of renewable generation, as well as overall ERCOT system resilience.

 

March 4
Senate Committee on Jurisprudence   CANCELED
Purpose: The purpose of this hearing is to examine the legal responsibilities that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) owe to the people of Texas. The committee will review the legal framework for governance and oversight of these two entities, their relationship to one another under the law, potential legal liabilities, and the legal limits on increases to consumer electricity rates during an emergency.

The committee will also examine price gouging under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act and receive an update from the judiciary on how the judicial system is managing its operations during the ongoing statewide emergency.

 

Reports:

Articles:

Legislative Reports
Search interim committee studies on various topics. Search by charge keyword or by the following subjects:

  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • Electricity supplies
  • Natural gas
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Railroad Commission of Texas

Legislative Archive System
Search past legislation across sessions by subject from 1939-2019 in the Advanced Search:

  • General Subject Index:
    • Business & Commerce--Trade Practices
    • Disaster Preparedness & Relief
    • Energy--Alternative Fuels
    • Energy--Conservation
    • Energy--Fuel Storage
    • Energy--General
    • Oil & Gas
    • Utilities--Electric
    • Utilities--Natural Gas
  • Governmental Agencies:
    • ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS  (for bills from the 76th Legislature)
    • ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS (ERCOT)  (for bills from the 79th-86th Legislatures)
    • PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
    • RAILROAD COMMISSION

 

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