Texas Lieutenant Governor Seeks Attorney General Opinion On Authority Of Texas PUC To Issue Orders Affecting Wholesale Pricing
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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has formally asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to issue orders affecting pricing for the wholesale electricity market and ancillary services
In his request to the AG, Patrick wrote, "As you know, the Texas Senate today passed Senate Bill 2142 to correct the pricing of wholesale
electricity and ancillary services during the period beginning 11:55 p.m., February 17, 2021, and
ending 9 a.m., February 19, 2021. Some have raised questions whether the Public Utility
Commission has the authority to take this action,"
Patrick wrote, "Therefore, I am asking for your legal opinion for the following question:
Under the Texas Utilities Code, does the Public Utility Commission have the legal authority to
issue orders affecting pricing for the wholesale electricity market and ancillary services?"
"Because time is of the essence, I ask that you make every effort to expedite this request for
opinion," Patrick wrote