The "Public Utility Commission" is a state executive agency
in the deregulated states government. The commission is in charge of regulating electric, telecommunications & utilities in their State. Its stated mission is to protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure.
There is a little bit more to monitoring and regulating the utility,
electricity and electricity providers than meets the eye.
In addition, there are several other responsibilities the
PUC Entities have when it comes to electricity and consumers.
Some of the electricity specific responsibilities include:
Control Utility Delivery Rates
Manage Competitive Market
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 25 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 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 650+ generation units. The U.S. has three independent power grids. One of them is in Texas--the only grid within a single state's boundary. It is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ERCOT.
How does deregulation help utility customers?
Deregulation offers electric customers in several states the option to choose a competitive company to generate their electric supply. When switching suppliers, consumers can benefit from cost savings, excellent customer service and still receive the same reliable service from the utility for any service needs.
What are the Major Components of Your Cost
There are two major components to your utility bill including supply (or generation), & delivery and transmission. By switching suppliers, you will be able to affect the charges for the supply and Transmission & Distribution components of your bill stay with the utility company servicing the region.
How long has deregulation been around?
Deregulation began in the 1990’s with multiple states passing legislation in the late 90’s that opened up the energy industry to competition by requiring that the utilities sell off their generation assets and buy electricity on the wholesale market along with new competitive suppliers. Over the last decade, competition has flourished, utility rate caps have expired and consumers are experiencing great savings on their energy bills.
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