Bill Text: TX HB13 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to the establishment of the Texas Energy Disaster Reliability Council.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 22-9)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2021-05-03 - Left pending in committee [HB13 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB13-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Paddie, et al. H.B. No. 13
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of the Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 186, Utilities Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter F to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER F. TEXAS ENERGY DISASTER RELIABILITY COUNCIL
         Sec. 186.101.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
               (1)  "Council" means the Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council established under this subchapter.
               (2)  "Disaster" means:
                     (A)  a disaster defined by Section 418.004,
  Government Code; or
                     (B)  an extended power outage.
               (3)  "Division" means the Texas Division of Emergency
  Management.
               (4)  "Extended power outage" means an interruption in
  electric service lasting more than 24 hours.
               (5)  "Gas provider" means:
                     (A)  a natural gas pipeline facility operator;
                     (B)  an operator of a natural gas well; or
                     (C)  an entity that produces, processes, or
  transports natural gas in this state or otherwise participates in
  the natural gas supply chain in this state.
               (6)  "Public utility" means an entity that generates,
  transmits, or distributes electric energy to the public, including
  an electric cooperative, an electric utility, a municipally owned
  utility, or a river authority.
               (7)  "Railroad commission" means the Railroad
  Commission of Texas.
               (8)  "Utility commission" means the Public Utility
  Commission of Texas.
         Sec. 186.102.  COUNCIL. The Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council is established to:
               (1)  prevent extended natural gas supply failures or
  power outages caused by disasters;
               (2)  implement procedures to manage emergencies caused
  by disasters;
               (3)  maintain records of critical infrastructure
  facilities to maintain service in a disaster;
               (4)  coordinate the delivery of fuel to serve human
  needs natural gas customers and providers of electric generation
  service in a disaster;
               (5)  monitor supply chains for the electric grid in
  this state to minimize service disruptions; and
               (6)  study and make recommendations on methods to
  maintain the reliability of the electric grid in this state during a
  disaster, including methods for maintaining the reliability of
  natural gas supply networks.
         Sec. 186.103.  MEMBERS. (a)  The council consists of:
               (1)  the presiding officer of the utility commission;
               (2)  the executive director of the utility commission;
               (3)  the chairman of the railroad commission;
               (4)  the executive director of the railroad commission;
               (5)  the chief executive officer of the independent
  organization certified under Section 39.151 for the ERCOT power
  region; and 
               (6)  the chief of the division.
         (b)  The chief of the division shall serve as the presiding
  officer of the council.
         (c)  The council shall hold meetings during the weeks of
  March 1 and September 1 of each year.
         (d)  In addition to the meetings required by Subsection (c),
  the council shall convene as soon as reasonably possible during or
  in anticipation of a disaster to address an actual or potential
  extended power outage caused by a disaster in order to coordinate
  fuel supplies and minimize the duration of the outage.
         (e)  In carrying out its functions, the council may consult
  and coordinate with:
               (1)  the United States Department of Energy;
               (2)  the United States Department of Homeland Security;
               (3)  the North American Electric Reliability
  Corporation;
               (4)  the Texas Reliability Entity;
               (5)  federal and state agencies;
               (6)  local governmental officials, including mayors,
  county judges, and emergency management officials;
               (7)  members of the electric industry;
               (8)  members of the natural gas industry; and
               (9)  grid security experts.
         (f)  A public utility or gas provider shall provide to the
  council any information related to a disaster requested by the
  council. Information obtained by the council under this subsection
  is confidential and not subject to disclosure by the council if the
  information is critical energy infrastructure information as
  defined by the independent organization certified under Section
  39.151 for the ERCOT power region or federal law.
         (g)  Except as provided by Subsection (g-1), the meetings of
  the council and information obtained or created by the council are
  not subject to the requirements of Chapter 551 or 552, Government
  Code.
         (g-1)  Information written, produced, collected, assembled,
  or maintained under law or in connection with the transaction of
  official business by the council or an officer or employee of the
  council is subject to Section 552.008, Government Code, in the same
  manner as public information.
         (h)  Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the
  council.
         Sec. 186.104.  REPORT. (a)  Not later than November 1 of
  each even-numbered year, the council shall submit to the
  legislature a report on the reliability and stability of the
  electric supply chain in this state.
         (b)  The report must include recommendations on methods to
  strengthen the electric supply chain in this state and to decrease
  the frequency of extended power outages caused by a disaster in this
  state.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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