Bill Text: TX HB2786 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to load shedding participation for certain customers during a rolling blackout.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2021-03-17 - Referred to State Affairs [HB2786 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB2786-Introduced.html
  87R10993 JXC-D
 
  By: Vasut H.B. No. 2786
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to load shedding participation for certain customers
  during a rolling blackout.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 38, Utilities Code, is
  amended by adding Section 38.074 to read as follows:
         Sec. 38.074.  EXCLUSION OF CRITICAL CUSTOMERS FROM ROLLING
  BLACKOUTS. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Assisted living facility" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 247.002, Health and Safety Code. 
               (2)  "Critical customer" means a customer for whom
  electric service is considered crucial for the protection or
  maintenance of public safety, including a:
                     (A)  hospital facility licensed under Chapter
  241, Health and Safety Code;
                     (B)  nursing facility, assisted living facility,
  or facility that provides hospice services;
                     (C)  police or fire station; or
                     (D)  critical water and wastewater facility.
               (3)  "Critical industrial or residential customer"
  means:
                     (A)  an industrial customer for whom an
  interruption or suspension of electric service would create a
  dangerous or life-threatening condition on the customer's
  premises; or
                     (B)  a residential customer who has a person
  permanently residing in the customer's home who has been diagnosed
  by a physician as:
                           (i)  having a serious medical condition that
  requires an electric-powered medical device or electric heating or
  cooling to prevent the impairment of a major life function through a
  significant deterioration or exacerbation of the person's medical
  condition; or
                           (ii)  being dependent upon an
  electric-powered medical device to sustain life. 
               (4)  "Hospice services" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 142.001, Health and Safety Code.
               (5)  "Nursing facility" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 242.301, Health and Safety Code.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsections (c) and (d), the
  commission by rule shall require each electric utility, municipally
  owned utility, and electric cooperative that is subject to a
  rolling blackout initiated by an independent organization
  certified under Section 39.151 to:
               (1)  exclude any parts of the utility's or
  cooperative's distribution system that provide power to a critical
  customer from participation in the utility's or cooperative's
  attempt to shed load; and
               (2)  rotate curtailment of all other parts of the
  distribution system so that no customer is subject to an outage of
  more than:
                     (A)  24 hours; or
                     (B)  12 hours during an extreme weather emergency,
  as defined by Section 39.101.
         (c)  The commission may allow an electric utility,
  municipally owned utility, or electric cooperative to maintain an
  outage for more than 24 hours for a part of the distribution system
  if necessary to supply critical customers.
         (d)  The commission may require that an electric utility,
  municipally owned utility, or electric cooperative exclude a
  critical industrial or residential customer from load shedding
  under Subsection (b)(1).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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