Resources

Why TCCFUI?

TCCFUI is comprehensively focused on utility issues for Texas cities! With its volunteer board of city representatives, we work with other state and local organizations to fill unserved city needs.

Learning Opportunities

Workshops

TCCFUI offers seminars and workshops to members when significant utility issues arise. TCCFUI is committed to keeping its members informed with one-day workshops and comprehensive seminars. In addition, presentations are offered free to members at Board Meetings.

Blog & News Round-Up

Stay up to date with utility issues important to your city and its citizens by checking the TCCFUI Blog and the TCCFUI News Round-Up.

For Members

Meeting Information

The TCCFUI board generally meets at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of every month. Just below is a schedule of upcoming meetings. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact Janis Everhart at jeverhar@earthlink.net.

COVID-19 Note: Meetings will be by video or teleconference until further notice. Members will receive information regarding how to connect for these virtual meetings.

  • Sept. 18, 2020
  • Oct. 16, 2020
  • Nov. 20, 2020
  • Dec. 18, 2020

Most of the above dates are on the third Friday of the month, except on occasions when that Friday would interfere with a holiday. The next TCCFUI seminar is likely to be held in October, although more details about the seminar will be posted when they become available.

How To Join

TCCFUI membership is open to any municipality engaged in the regulation, administration, or franchising of utility or rights-of-way users.

Municipal dues are set by the TCCFUI Board each year, when the annual budget is prepared. Dues are currently set at 4 cents per capita of the city’s total population.

In some cases — depending on the amount of dues required, and the specific language of individual city charters — cities may need to adopt resolutions to authorize dues payments.

The bylaws describe the dues process. You also can download a sample resolution for your city to join TCCFUI at this link.

For more information, contact Janis Everhart at jeverhar@earthlink.net.

Bylaws & Sample Resolution

TCCFUI Bylaws 2018

From the TCCFUI Bylaws: The formal name of the organization shall be the Texas Coalition of Cities For Utility Issues, hereinafter referred to as “TCCFUI”. TCCFUI is an unincorporated nonprofit association of Texas Cities concerned with issues involving utilities, including telecommunications, electric, and gas utilities.

To read the TCCFUI 2018 bylaws, click here.

Sample Resolution

From the Sample Resolution: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CITY OF __________ WITH OTHER TEXAS CITIES IN THE TEXAS COALITION OF CITIES FOR UTILITY ISSUES; PROVIDING FOR A REPRESENTATIVE TO THE COALITION AND FOR other reasonable and necessary steps; AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF A PARTICIPATION FEE AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

For the Sample Resolution, click here.

City Coalitions

Texas Municipal League

The Texas Municipal League exists solely to provide services to Texas cities. The purpose of the League–Empowering Texas cities to serve their citizens. Since its formation in 1913, the League’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs and advocate the interests of its members.

Texas Coalition for Affordable Power

TCAP is a coalition of more than 170 cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.

Atmos Cities Steering Committee

The Atmos Cities Steering Committee is a permanent standing coalition of more than 150 Texas cities that has been authorized, through council resolutions, to represent the interests of municipal and residential consumers in gas utility regulatory matters. The ACSC supports safe service at fair prices.

Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor

The Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor is a permanent standing coalition of more than 140 Texas cities that has been authorized, through council resolutions, to represent the interests of municipal and residential consumers in electric utility regulatory matters. The CSO is not affiliated with the Oncor transmission and distribution utility.

Regulatory and Governmental Agencies

Public Utility Commission of Texas

The Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state’s electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.

Railroad Commission of Texas

The Railroad Commission of Texas was established in 1891 under a constitutional and legislative mandate to prevent discrimination in railroad charges and establish reasonable tariffs. It is the oldest regulatory agency in the state and one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers – representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 43,000 miles of transmission lines and 550 generation units.

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydro-power projects.