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.
TCPA Protecting Competition at the Texas Legislature
HB 3749 by Rep. Eddie Lucio III
April 20, 2021 | Starts at 5:03:52
House State Affairs – Relating to the provision of electric service during extreme weather conditions.
SB 3 by Charles Schwertner
March 25, 2021 | Starts at 48:34
Senate Committee on Jurisprudence – Relating to preparing for, preventing, and responding to weather emergencies, power outages, and other disasters.
HB 14 by Craig Goldman
March 22, 2021 | Starts at 19:09
House Energy Resources – Relating to the creation of the Texas Electricity Supply Chain Mapping Committee.
HB 13 by Chris Paddie
March 18, 2021 | Starts at 4:47:15
House State Affairs – Relating to the establishment of the Texas Energy Disaster Reliability Council.
HB 11 by Chris Paddie
March 18, 2021 | Starts at 2:57:29
House State Affairs – Relating to the extreme weather emergency preparedness of facilities for providing electric service.
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
February 6, 2020 | Starts at 1:04:00
House State Affairs
January 30, 2020 | Starts at 1:22:00
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Relating to a study of the elimination of the effects of federal renewable energy subsidies.
Starts at 0:30:49
Relating to use of electric energy storage facilities in the ERCOT power region.
Starts at 5:15:12
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