New Coalition Formed To Represent Texas Commercial Electric Customers
Led By Retail Market Vet
April 24, 2020 Email This Story Copyright 2010-20 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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A new non-profit, Texas Commercial Energy Customers (TCEC), has been formed to represent commercial electric customers in Texas
Chris Hendrix serves as Executive Director of Texas Commercial Energy Customers
"TCEC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization standing up for the commercial customers of energy in the Texas energy markets" TCEC says
"TCEC informs, educates, and advocates for all commercial businesses regarding their common ground as electric customers in Texas. TCEC’s core principles include: free markets; and the right for commercial customers to own their own usage data, purchase renewables, be in control of their facilities, and install devices behind their meters, for example back-up generation," TCEC says
"Classified as commercial customers in the electric utility markets, because of their diversity, Texas businesses have often been under-represented in advocating for fair and transparent energy markets in Texas. TCEC keeps its members informed about the Texas energy markets through providing information, advice, training, and meetings. Armed with information provided by TCEC, Members can buy and manage their company’s energy more efficiently and effectively," TCEC says
Hendrix told EnergyChoiceMatters.com that, "During the deliberations of the COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (ERP), it was clear that there is not a group that specifically represents Commercial Energy Customers in Texas before the PUCT. Texas Industrial Energy Consumers (TIEC) has done an excellent job in their history representing industrial consumers in Texas but there has always been a void and lack of representation for the commercial customers as a group on a continuous basis at the PUCT and ERCOT."
Hendrix will be continuing in his current capacity as CEO of retail electric provider Demand Control 2 (DC2).
Hendrix told EnergyChoiceMatters.com that, "TCEC’s core principles are customer focused and are the same foundational principles that DC2 is built upon. In the position as consulting Executive Director of TCEC, I have access to the critical information that needs to be provided to energy consumers that affect their daily operations. We see it as a true advantage for DC2 as a market participant representing commercial energy consumers with an aggregated load greater than 1 MW strategically positioned to educate, inform, and advocate for commercial consumers."
Hendrix previously directed Walmart’s competitive electricity operations for all of the United States and the United Kingdom, including creation of a self-supply retail electric provider. Prior to directing Walmart’s competitive electricity operations, Hendrix served as Manager, Retail Pricing at TXU
TCEC membership is open to all commercial customers in the Texas electric market – including private businesses, independent school districts, universities, and public enterprises
Aside from its advocacy at the PUC, ERCOT, and other forums, TCEC will provide information on the Texas electric market to members through a variety of channels, such as conferences, teleconferences, and paper briefings, and will provide various training to members