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Texas Senate committee gets updates from key agencies

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce is meeting to get quarterly updates from four key state agencies and hear public testimony.

Members on Tuesday expect testimony from new Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in May.

Also scheduled to testify are commissioners from the Texas Public Utility Commission and Trip Doggett, president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Likely appearing too is Sherry Cook, administrator of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Lawmakers may discuss the Public Utility Commission’s considering of changes to the wholesale electricity market.

The possible changes are brought on by escalating risks that include significantly higher caps on prices.

They would nearly double the price a generator can charge per megawatt-hour during peak demand periods.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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