Staff informed brokers that the completed registration forms are to be filed in Project No 49779.
Staff said that, "By filing the registration form, the broker will be provisionally qualified to provide brokerage services on September 1, 2019, subject to Commission staff's review."
As staff completes its review of a registration, the broker will be sent an email notifying them that their registration is approved on an interim basis.
A list of the provisionally qualified and interim-approved brokers will be posted on the Commission's website along with the broker's registration number. Staff plans to update both lists daily. The list of provisionally-qualified and interim-approved brokers will be posted on the Commission's website at: http://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/directories/Default.aspx
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today voted to approve an interim registration form for electric brokers
The PUC adopted the interim form as filed by Staff on August 6
As exclusively first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com, the adopted version of the interim form includes the following statement to the General Information section on the first page of the form: "Individual employees and agents of broker firms and persons acting only as agents of retail electric providers are not required to register as brokers."
PUC Staff previously issued a notice stating that, upon adoption of the interim form by the Commission, Staff will file a memo in Project No. 49779 describing the process for brokers to follow so that they may continue operating on September 1, 2019. The adopted interim form is to be posted at http://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/forms/Default.aspx
The adopted SB 1497, which requires registration of brokers, defines "brokerage services" to mean, "providing advice or procurement services to, or acting on behalf of, a retail electric customer regarding the selection of a retail electric provider, or a product or service offered by a retail electric provider."
Apart from contact and related information, the interim registration form requires brokers to file a list of its, "officers, directors. and partners, as applicable."
Additionally, the interim registration form requires brokers to indicate the customer classes that they will serve
The interim registration form requires brokers to list any trade names under which the broker intends to do business.
The interim registration form requires that brokers shall update information reported on the registration form to reflect any "substantial" changes in a "timely" manner
The interim registration form notes that registered brokers must comply with customer protection provisions, disclosure requirements, and marketing guidelines established by the Commission
"An administrative penalty may be assessed for failure to comply with PURA or Commission rules," the proposed interim registration form states