Notice of Utility Disconnection for Certain Multifamily Properties

Recent state agency rulemakings address legislation passed last session that allows cities to receive notice from non-city gas and electric providers prior to service disconnects at certain multifamily properties.  The notice could allow a city to help alleviate the impact on low-income residents of unexpected disconnection.

The legislation, House Bill 1772, requires that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) post the contact information of cities that wish to be notified when an electric utility or retail electric provider disconnects a “non-submetered master metered multifamily property” (i.e., a multifamily property that has only one meter rather than separately metered units). 

The PUC has adopted rules to implement the bill:

http://puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/Electric.aspx

The rules require an interested city to send the PUC the “name, title, direct mailing address, telephone number, and email address” of the city’s authorized representative to receive the notice.  A city can file that information using the PUC’s filing system under Project (Control) Number 42057.  Alternatively, send the required information by email to Fred Goodwin at Fred.Goodwin@puc.texas.gov.

House Bill 1772 also requires that the Railroad Commission (RRC) post the contact information of cities that wish to be notified when a gas utility disconnects a “non-submetered master metered multifamily property.”  The RRC has proposed a related rule:

http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/rules/proposed.php

According to the proposed rule, RRC staff will begin accepting city contact information and making it available on the RRC website in January 2014.  Cities may file their authorized representative’s contact information with the RRC by mail to Director, Gas Services Division, Railroad Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 12967, Austin, Texas 78711-2967, or through any other method indicated on the RRC website.

Please note that these filings are optional.  If your city does not wish to be notified of these disconnections, you are not required to file your contact information with either the PUC or RRC.

 

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