One charge on your home electric bill that may have escaped your notice is for something called the “EECRF.” This discrete charge pays your local utility for costs it incurs for creating energy efficiency programs.
The Texas Reliability Entity — also known as the “Texas RE” — is charged with monitoring and enforcing ERCOT compliance with federal electric reliability standards from the North American Electric Regulatory Corporation. The Texas RE also serves as the PUC’s Reliability Monitor for the ERCOT region.
Although it made landfall outside the state, Hurricane Laura knocked out power for hundreds of thousand customers within Texas and wreaked havoc on the local utility.
The supply of electricity in Texas this fall and winter should keep up with demand, according to recent reports.
By potentially shifting a portion of the state’s very large energy needs from transportation onto the electric system, electric vehicles present challenges to Texas’s utility framework.
Several major utilities filed applications at the PUC to adjust charges associated with their electric distribution systems.