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  87R16126 JXC-F
  By: Paddie, et al. H.B. No. 13
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 13:
  By:  Harless C.S.H.B. No. 13
  relating to the establishment of the Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 186, Utilities Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter F to read as follows:
         Sec. 186.101.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
               (1)  "Council" means the Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council established under this subchapter.
               (2)  "Disaster" means:
                     (A)  a disaster defined by Section 418.004,
  Government Code; or
                     (B)  an extended power outage.
               (3)  "Division" means the Texas Division of Emergency
               (4)  "Extended power outage" means an interruption in
  electric service lasting more than 24 hours.
               (5)  "Gas provider" means:
                     (A)  a natural gas pipeline facility operator; or
                     (B)  an operator of a natural gas well.
               (6)  "Public utility" means an entity that generates,
  transmits, or distributes electric energy to the public, including
  an electric cooperative, an electric utility, a municipally owned
  utility, or a river authority.
               (7)  "Railroad commission" means the Railroad
  Commission of Texas.
               (8)  "Utility commission" means the Public Utility
  Commission of Texas.
         Sec. 186.102.  COUNCIL. The Texas Energy Disaster
  Reliability Council is established to:
               (1)  prevent extended power outages caused by
               (2)  implement procedures to manage emergencies caused
  by disasters;
               (3)  maintain records of critical infrastructure
  facilities to maintain service in a disaster;
               (4)  coordinate the delivery of fuel to providers of
  electric generation service in a disaster;
               (5)  monitor supply chains for the electric grid in
  this state to minimize service disruptions; and
               (6)  study and make recommendations on methods to
  maintain the reliability of the electric grid in this state during a
  disaster, including methods for maintaining the reliability of
  natural gas supply networks.
         Sec. 186.103.  MEMBERS. (a)  The council consists of:
               (1)  the presiding officer of the utility commission;
               (2)  the executive director of the utility commission;
               (3)  the chairman of the railroad commission;
               (4)  the executive director of the railroad commission;
               (5)  the chief executive officer of the independent
  organization certified under Section 39.151 for the ERCOT power
  region; and 
               (6)  the chief of the division.
         (b)  The chief of the division shall serve as the presiding
  officer of the council.
         (c)  The council shall hold meetings during the weeks of
  March 1 and September 1 of each year.
         (d)  In addition to the meetings required by Subsection (c),
  the council shall convene as soon as reasonably possible during or
  in anticipation of a disaster to address an actual or potential
  extended power outage caused by a disaster in order to coordinate
  fuel supplies and minimize the duration of the outage.
         (e)  In carrying out its functions, the council may consult
  and coordinate with:
               (1)  the United States Department of Energy;
               (2)  the United States Department of Homeland Security;
               (3)  the North American Electric Reliability
               (4)  the Texas Reliability Entity;
               (5)  federal and state agencies;
               (6)  members of the electric industry;
               (7)  members of the natural gas industry; and
               (8)  grid security experts.
         (f)  A public utility or gas provider shall provide to the
  council any information requested by the council.
         (g)  The meetings of the council and information obtained or
  created by the council are not subject to the requirements of
  Chapter 551 or 552, Government Code.
         (h)  Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the
         Sec. 186.104.  REPORT. (a)  Not later than November 1 of
  each even-numbered year, the council shall submit to the
  legislature a report on the reliability and stability of the
  electric supply chain in this state.
         (b)  The report must include recommendations on methods to
  strengthen the electric supply chain in this state and to decrease
  the frequency of extended power outages caused by a disaster in this
         SECTION 2.  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 September 1, 2021.