Bill Text: TX HB3648 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed

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Bill Title: Relating to the provision of natural gas and electric services in this state.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2021-06-18 - Effective immediately [HB3648 Detail]

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  By: Geren, Guillen H.B. No. 3648
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the eligibility and designation of certain gas entities
  and gas facilities as critical during an energy emergency.
         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.  CRITICAL GAS ENTITIES AND FACILITIES DURING AN
  ENERGY EMERGENCY. (a) The commission shall work with the Railroad
  Commission of Texas and adopt rules to establish a process to
  designate certain natural gas facilities and entities associated
  with providing natural gas in this state as critical during an
  energy emergency.
         (b)  The commission by rule shall require each electric
  utility, municipally owned utility, and electric cooperative to
  exclude any circuits that provide power to an entity or facility
  designated under Section 81.073, Natural Resources Code, from
  participation in the utility's or cooperative's attempt to shed
  load in response to a rolling blackout initiated by an independent
  organization certified under Section 39.151 or another reliability
  council or power pool in which the utility or cooperative operates.
         (c)  At a minimum, the commission's rules must:
               (1)  ensure that transmission and distribution
  utilities, municipally owned utilities, electric cooperatives, and
  the independent organization certified under Section 39.151 for the
  ERCOT power region are provided with the information required by
  Section 81.073, Natural Resources Code;
               (2)  provide for a prioritization for load-shed
  purposes of the entities and facilities designated under Subsection
  (a) during an energy emergency; and
               (3)  provide discretion to transmission and
  distribution utilities, municipally owned utilities, and electric
  cooperatives to prioritize power delivery and power restoration
  among the customers on their respective systems, as circumstances
  require.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter C, Chapter 81, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 81.073 to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.073.  CRITICAL GAS ENTITIES AND FACILITIES DURING AN
  ENERGY EMERGENCY. (a) The commission shall work with the Public
  Utility Commission of Texas to designate certain natural gas
  facilities and entities associated with providing natural gas in
  this state as critical during an energy emergency.
         (b)  At a minimum, the commission's rules must:
               (1)  establish eligibility and designation
  requirements for persons who own or operate a facility under the
  jurisdiction of the commission under Section 81.051(a) or engage in
  an activity under the jurisdiction of the commission under Section
  81.051(a) who must provide critical customer designation and
  critical gas supply information, as defined by the commission, to
  the entities described by Section 38.074(c)(1), Utilities Code; and
               (2)  consider essential operational elements when
  defining critical customer designations and critical gas supply
  information, including natural gas production, processing, and
  transportation and related produced water handling and disposal
  facilities and the delivery of natural gas to generators.
         SECTION 3.  (a) The Public Utility Commission of Texas and
  Railroad Commission of Texas shall adopt the rules required by this
  Act not later than September 1, 2021.
         (b)  The Public Utility Commission of Texas shall provide a
  report to the legislature regarding its implementation of the
  designation and prioritization requirements, as added by this Act,
  not later than January 1, 2022.
         SECTION 4.  EFFECTIVE DATE. 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, 2021.
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