A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Legislation adopted in Austin will keep electricity rate discounts for low-income Texans flowing, potentially through the summer of 2017. Awaiting Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature, HB 1101 extends the period which the $226 million balance of the System Benefit Fund is to be eliminated, Fuel Fix reports.
- A new study concludes Texas could have saved $200 million on five days in 2012 and 2013 if demand response were allowed to fully participate in the ERCOT market. “The figures only represent the net savings, and do not account for the cost of retail electric providers or others implementing economic demand-response programs, so the real savings would be less,” Greentech Media writes of the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource study.
- Retail Energy X notes that “the Public Utility Commission of Texas could be asked to pass a rule which prohibits retail electric providers from preventing their customers from choosing a third-party (and non-LSE) provider of demand response services.” From their analysis:
“REPs must strongly resist any such regulatory interference in the competitive market which, rather than curbing anti-competitive behavior, would tilt the playing field in favor of non-LSE demand response providers (who, if this market design is implemented, would already enjoy an advantage in being able to offer their services without taking on the responsibility, costs, and risks of actually serving the customer’s load).”