Cyrus Reed, Sierra Club, Conservation Director, 512.740.4086
Update: Utility Energy Efficiency Overhaul
Market-based Demand Response Part of the Process
(Austin) – This week the Texas Senate concurred in Texas House amendments to SB 1125, an overhaul of the state-required utility energy efficiency programs, and sent the bill to the Governor.
The bill, sponsored in the Senate by
Senator Carona and in the House by Representative Anchia,
both of Dallas, enjoyed bipartisan support.
It updates the energy efficiency programs that investor-owned utilities are required to manage:
• by updating and increasing 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 efficiency programs.
"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."