The Texas Public Utility Commission on Friday unanimously rejected a petition to overturn its “small fish, swim free” rule, which gives small electricity generators an absolute defense against allegations of market power abuse.
Commissioner Brandy Marty, however, suggested that the commission should “keep an eye on” the question of whether a small electric generator could potentially manipulate prices.
“I think that it’s an interesting question. I’m glad that this was brought up,” she said. “But at this time I’m reluctant to add any regulations that could dampen the competitive market.”
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