Texas PUC Staff Make Final Recommendation On Review Of Retail Electric Market Rules
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Staff of the Texas Public Utility Commission have filed a proposal re-adoption of Chapter 25 - Substantive Rules Applicable to Electric
Service Providers, which includes the substantive rules governing the competitive retail electric market
The rules must be reviewed and, as appropriate, re-adopted at least every four years. In noticing the re-adoption, the PUC
requested specific comments from interested persons on whether the reasons for adopting each rule
section in Chapter 25 continue to exist. However, the PUC noted at the outset that, if it is determined during the review that any section of
Chapter 25 needs to be repealed or amended, the repeal or amendment will be initiated under a
Staff proposes re-adoption of the current rules without any changes.
Staff's draft generally notes that various proposals offered by stakeholders may have merit, and may be considered in future rulemakings as resources allow
As previously reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com (story here), Thigbe LLC had in the proceeding made several proposals, such as adoption of a rule prohibiting REPs from not accepting customers through brokers; seeking disclosure of broker fees on customer bills; and allowing brokers to meet the definition of "applicant" for REP service on behalf of customers, implicating disclosures, etc.
Octopus Energy had also filed comments reiterating its proposals in other proceedings (more specific to the retail rules) for increased price transparency through mandated rate change notices for variable plans, and other measures
As noted above, Staff does not recommend adoption of the proposal from Thigbe or Octopus in the instant proceeding