NEWS ROUND-UP: Nov. 29-Dec. 3

NEWS ROUND-UP: Nov. 29-Dec. 3

San Antonio Express News: CPS accepting bids for major clean energy push Dec. 1 — Solar energy generation has increased exponentially in Texas in recent years, and CPS Energy has pushed to incorporate more solar power in San Antonio. — San Antonio Express...

BLOG: New Policy Guide Addresses “GRIP” Gas Rate Program

The Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program, or GRIP, allows monopoly gas utilities to increase rates even if the company’s overall expenditures are declining, even if its revenues are increasing or even if the company is earning windfall profits. Under GRIP rules, a...

Report: Even With Excessive Profits, Gas Utilities Hike Rates

In Texas, gas utilities already reporting excessive profits frequently seek permission to charge their customers even more. But rather than rejecting those requests outright, regulators typically green light them with almost no questions asked. That dramatic finding,...

BLOG: 3rd Time the Charm for RRC Sunset Bill?

It looks increasingly likely that after two previous failed attempts, the Texas Legislature this year will adopt far-reaching “Sunset” legislation for the Texas Railroad Commission. The 125-year-old state agency oversees gas utility rates and the state’s petrochemical...