Honorable Kevin Bailey, Chair, House Committee on Urban Affairs
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3498 by Keffer, Jim (Relating to energy aggregation by political subdivisions.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Local Government Code to authorize a political subdivision aggregator to contract for the purchase of electricity, purchase electricity, and take any other action necessary to purchase electricity on behalf of the citizens of the political subdivision or subdivisions.
The governing body of a political subdivision with a population of less than 50,000 that is a member of a political subdivision corporation as of September 1, 2007, would be authorized to adopt an ordinance or resolution providing for the automatic enrollment in aggregation services of citizens of the political subdivision and provide for the enrollment, upon request, of citizens of unincorporated areas residing within 20 miles of the geographic boundaries of the political subdivisions. The political subdivision would be required to provide 60 days' written notice to each affected citizen.
The changes in statute would not be intended to abrogate an electric service contract between a citizen and a competitive retail electric provider. Any savings attributable to the aggregation program shall accrue to citizen participants, except that the political subdivision would be allowed to recover its actual administrative costs.
The bill would take effect immediately if it were to receive the required two-thirds vote in each house; otherwise, it would take effect September 1, 2007.