Honorable Troy Fraser, Chair, Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB482 by Fraser (Relating to competition and customer choice in the retail electric market; providing an administrative penalty.), As Introduced
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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. The bill would authorize the PUC to conduct a review of the retail electric market and take appropriate action based on the study's findings and authorize the PUC to require AREPs to provide certain cost saving information to customers.
The bill would take effect on September 1, 2007.
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