SB 933

84(R) - 2015
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Troy Fraser

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to review transmission interconnections that enable imports of exports from the ERCOT power grid.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 933, if passed, would modify the Utilities Code related to the authority of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUC) regarding transmission lines (Section 37.051). Specifically, the bill would authorize the PUC to assess the viability of creating new DC ties to other electrical grids. Any party wishing to connect to a grid outside of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas would have to obtain certification from the PUC. In addition the PUC would be required to determine whether the tie is consistent with public interest before granting the certificate. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Management of the ERCOT system is a legitimate function of the state and before interstate connections are made it would be good policy to ensure that the connection would in fact serve the public interest. Given the potential ramifications of ties to other grids, namely the intervention of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, this precaution seems quite prudent. Texas has a keen interest in preventing additional federal regulatory burdens to be placed on the electricity industry in the state. This legislation supports the intended balance between federal and state powers as required under the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. By protecting against unwarranted federal restrictions on industries in Texas, this legislation supports free markets and individual liberty. Therefore, we support SB 933.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Association of Manufacturers
Texas Chemical Council