Texas Lawmakers Consider Creating an Energy Council

The Senate Natural Resources Committee heard testimony this morning on a bill that would create a Texas Energy Policy Council charged with crafting an energy plan for the state.

Members of the council would include top officials from the Public Utility Commission, the Railroad Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (the grid operator). It would plan Texas' energy future over a 20-year period, including how to deal with federal environmental regulations.

The details of what exactly the energy council should study has stirred considerable interest, and jockeying, among Texas energy providers. The ...

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