Honorable Phil King, Chair, House Committee on Regulated Industries
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB482 by Fraser (relating to competition and customer choice in the retail electric power market; providing an administrative penalty.), Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted
The bill would amend the Utilities code relating to competition and customer choice in the retail electric market. The bill would require an electric utility that is affiliated with certain retail electric providers (REP) or power generation companies to submit unbundling plans to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and prohibit an REP from implying it can provide more reliable services or provide preferential treatment in the restoration of service following an outage, which may result in an administrative penalty being assessed by the PUC if violated. This bill would impose a charge on certain REPs as incentive to compete for residential customers and require affiliated retail electric providers (AREP) to release certain customer information to competitive REPs and authorize the PUC to adopt rules relating to the use of this charge.
It is estimated that duties and responsibilities associated with implementing the provisions of this bill could be accomplished by utilizing existing resources.
This bill would take effect immediately upon receiving a vote of two-thirds of all members elected to each house or would otherwise take effect on September 1, 2007.
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