(Austin) – Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed
SB 1125, an overhaul of the state-required utility energy
efficiency programs, on third reading on a 99-34 vote.
The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Republican Senator Corona
and in the House by Democratic Representative Anchia enjoyed
It updates the energy efficiency programs
that investor-owned utilities are required to manage
and updating the goal for Energy Efficiency to 30 % of load
growth by 2013,
..while transitioning to an equivalent percentage
of peak winter and summer demand, and ..continuing to grow
the programs beyond 2013.
The bill also requires ERCOT, the operators of Texas's electrical
grid, to allow market-based demand response programs for
all customers, and allows utilities outside the competitive
areas to directly interact with their customers on energy
"This bipartisan bill should help customers
gain more access to energy efficiency programs throughout
the state while growing green jobs," noted Cyrus Reed, Conservation
Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. "Energy
efficiency is the cheapest, quickest and cleanest way to
meet our energy needs."