Bill Text: TX HB199 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the authority of an electric utility to impose a rate or charge on an owner of solar or wind electric generation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-20 - Referred to State Affairs [HB199 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB199-Introduced.html
  85S10807 JXC-D
 
  By: Pickett H.B. No. 199
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the authority of an electric utility to impose a rate or
  charge on an owner of solar or wind electric generation.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 36, Utilities Code, is
  amended by adding Section 36.066 to read as follows:
         Sec. 36.066.  LIMITATIONS ON RATES OR CHARGES IMPOSED ON
  SOLAR OR WIND ELECTRIC GENERATION OWNERS. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Distributed solar or wind renewable generation"
  means electric generation that is installed on a retail electric
  customer's side of the meter and uses an energy source derived
  directly:
                     (A)  from the sun; or
                     (B)  from wind.
               (2)  "Distributed solar or wind renewable generation
  owner" means:
                     (A)  an owner of distributed solar or wind
  renewable generation;
                     (B)  a retail electric customer on whose side of
  the meter distributed solar or wind renewable generation is
  installed and operated, regardless of whether the customer takes
  ownership of the distributed solar or wind renewable generation; or
                     (C)  a person who by contract is assigned
  ownership rights to energy produced from distributed solar or wind
  renewable generation located at the premises of the customer on the
  customer's side of the meter.
         (b)  An electric utility may not impose on residential
  customers who are distributed solar or wind renewable generation
  owners:
               (1)  a rate or charge that applies only to those
  customers; or
               (2)  a rate or charge that is significantly higher than
  a similar charge imposed on residential customers who are not
  distributed solar or wind renewable generation owners.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a rate or charge finally approved on or after the effective date
  of this Act. A rate or charge finally approved before that date is
  governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date
  of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  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 December 1, 2017.
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