The ERCOT region is the only electric market that is fully under state jurisdiction. The Texas Legislature grants oversight authority of the wholesale and retail electric market within ERCOT to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Only the Texas Legislature may change the market design of the ERCOT market, which has been an energy-only market since its restructuring in SB 7 (1999 Texas Legislature).
TCPA employs an executive director, who is registered as a lobbyist for the association. In addition, TCPA employs a contract lobbyist and members have their own registered lobbyists as well. TCPA is a consensus-based organization so when the association advocates a position at the Legislature, the full membership is supportive of that position. TCPA lobbies the Texas Legislature, appearing before oversight committees in the Texas House and Texas Senate and meeting with staff at every level of state government, including the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House.
Joint Texas Electric Sector Letter on Vaccine Prioritization
On December 4, 2020, TCPA along with other Texas industry associations sent a letter to the Texas Department State Health Services Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D. advocating for prioritization among critical employees and essential workers to be some of the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lunch and Learn at the Texas State Capitol
On February 12th, 2020, TCPA held a lunch and learn at the state capitol to provide an overview of the Texas electric market and design. It was a great event, and was well attended by over 30 staff from leadership and legislative offices..
TCPA’s Michele Richmond discussing the electrical market and design in Texas with leadership and legislative staff at the state capitol
Gulf Coast Power Association
TCPA members and the ED actively participate as part of the Gulf Coast Power Association.
TCPA Protecting Competition at the Texas Legislature
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce – February 6, 2020
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House State Affairs – January 30, 2020
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The House State Affairs Committee met Thursday January 30th, 2020, to discuss updates on the power system in Texas, power reserves, resource adequacy, distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, and price transparency. Michele Richmond, Executive Director for the Texas Competitive Power Advocates (TCPA), testified that her organization represents power generators and wholesale power marketers. Michele said that thermal power generators encompass 70% of generating capacity in ERCOT. She testified that high prices occur in high demand times when resources are low which is how the ERCOT market is designed to work. In Texas, generators are paid to generate power and are not paid for available capacity. Michele spoke about thermal generators having lower outages than ERCOT expected this summer as well as the reliable nature of her members’ resources, which can ramp up and down as instructed based on system needs. Michele mentioned that TCPA generators invest hundreds of millions of dollars into ERCOT and the importance of dispatchable generation. Most of TCPA’s members are investing the existing fleet and in spring maintenance to be able to produce at maximum capacity. She asked for continued support of the competitive market without subsidies or interference in market principles.
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Relating to a study of the elimination of the effects of federal renewable energy subsidies.
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Relating to use of electric energy storage facilities in the ERCOT power region.
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