Texas - SB931 - 2015

Relating to the goal for renewable energy and competitive renewable energy zones.

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Added On: 03-13-2015
Updated On: 05-05-2015
Status: Passed One Chamber
Primary Sponsor: Troy Fraser (Republican)





Actions (29)

  • 03-04-2015 - Received by the Secretary of the Senate
  • 03-04-2015 - Filed
  • 03-09-2015 - Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
  • 03-09-2015 - Read first time
  • 03-17-2015 - Left pending in committee
  • 03-17-2015 - Testimony taken in committee
  • 03-17-2015 - Considered in public hearing
  • 03-17-2015 - Scheduled for public hearing on . . .
  • 03-24-2015 - Considered in public hearing
  • 03-30-2015 - Committee report printed and distributed
  • 03-30-2015 - Reported favorably as substituted
  • 04-07-2015 - Placed on intent calendar
  • 04-13-2015 - Not again placed on intent calendar
  • 04-13-2015 - Co-author authorized
  • 04-14-2015 - Reported engrossed
  • 04-14-2015 - Record vote
  • 04-14-2015 - Passed
  • 04-14-2015 - Read 3rd time
  • 04-14-2015 - Record vote
  • 04-14-2015 - Three day rule suspended
  • 04-14-2015 - Record vote
  • 04-14-2015 - Read 2nd time & passed to engrossment
  • 04-14-2015 - Record vote
  • 04-14-2015 - Rules suspended-Regular order of business
  • 04-14-2015 - Placed on intent calendar
  • 04-15-2015 - Received from the Senate
  • 04-21-2015 - Co-author authorized
  • 05-05-2015 - Referred to State Affairs
  • 05-05-2015 - Read first time

Sponsors (3)

News (14)

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session - Environmental Defense Fund (blog)
Published by blogs.edf.org
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:52:08 GMT

Senate Bill (SB) 77 by Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) would require state agencies to create an adaptation plan for climate change impacts. Senator Ellis has filed this bill in the past, and it is important that he continues leading the charge. ... in this ...

Texas energy bills face very different fates in state legislature - Fierce Energy
Published by fierceenergy.com
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:26:55 GMT

Senate Bill (SB) 931 would have repealed the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and frozen the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ). The bill was a contentious one between policymakers, industry, and renewable advocates.

Gone With The Wind: Texas Threat Peters Out As Legislative Clock Expires On ... - North American Windpower
Published by nawindpower.com
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:33:30 GMT

According to a source familiar with Texas politics, when the bill came from the House back to the Senate, Fraser asked for a conference committee where he hoped to add his CREZ language and other amendments. The House then had the opportunity to ...

Texas Hardball: As Lone Star Legislators Engage In Stalemate, The Clock Is ... - North American Windpower
Published by nawindpower.com
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:07:26 GMT

It has been two weeks since the Texas Senate voted to advance a crippling anti-wind bill that would repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and undo the massive $7 billion-plus Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission ...

Texas Hardball: As Lone Star Legislators Engage In Stalemate, The Clock Is ... - North American Windpower
Published by nawindpower.com
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:20:17 GMT

It has been two weeks since the Texas Senate voted to advance a crippling anti-wind bill that would repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and undo the massive $7 billion-plus Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission ...

Texas RPS In Danger Of Repeal - Solar Industry
Published by solarindustrymag.com
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:55:44 GMT

The Texas Senate has voted in favor of S.B.931, which would repeal Texas' renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and undo its Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZs) transmission initiative. ... The bill now moves to the House State Affairs Committee.

Texas Senate bill affecting incentives causing concern in local wind industry - LubbockOnline.com
Published by lubbockonline.com
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:46:00 GMT

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, introduced Senate Bill 931 on March 4 and it passed later that month by a vote of 22 to 9. The bill would eliminate the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was introduced in 1999 and implemented in 2001. The RPS ... Lubbock Power & Light officials are anticipating House representatives will approve SB 931 and are helping the West Texas Municipal Power Association to maximize the value of RECs WTMPA currently holds before the bill is implemented. If SB 931 is ...

'Mission accomplished?' Inside the battle over Texas renewable energy incentives - Utility Dive
Published by utilitydive.com
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:00:22 GMT

Senate Bill 931, sponsored by Republican Senator and powerful Chair of the Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee Troy Fraser, was approved by the Texas Senate late last month. If passed by the House, the bill would prematurely terminate a $7 billion renewables transmission build-out and end the state's renewables mandate 10 years before it is set to expire. It's a case of "mission accomplished," he told ... “If SB 931 passes, the REC market will still exist. People will still be able to sell RECs.

Texas Senate votes to eliminate RPS - Fierce Energy
Published by fierceenergy.com
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:53:29 GMT

Senate Bill (SB) 931 will also end the state's Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) initiative, which was administered by the Texas Public Utilities Commission and helped transmission projects to be constructed by seven transmission and distribution utilities.

West Texas economic officials worry Senate Bill will hinder wind energy industry - LubbockOnline.com
Published by lubbockonline.com
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:15:46 GMT

The Texas Legislature is looking into a Senate bill that could put a damper on the boom of wind-powered energy in West Texas. State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, introduced Senate Bill 931 on March 4. The bill would repeal the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard that was passed in 1999 and implemented in 2001. RPS is a state ... Mike Fox, Plainview and Hale County Economic Development Corp. director, said SB 931 could negatively impact the future of energy development in the state. “On behalf of ...

Texas RPS Moves One Step Closer To Extinction - North American Windpower
Published by nawindpower.com
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:21:17 GMT

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, would end Texas' RPS at the end of the year while undoing the massive, $7 billion-plus CREZ project that unlocked the state's bottlenecked wind areas through the building of transmission lines.

Texas Senate votes to eliminate RPS - Fierce Energy
Published by fierceenergy.com
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:53:29 GMT

Senate Bill (SB) 931 will also end the state's Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) initiative, which was administered by the Texas Public Utilities Commission and helped transmission projects to be constructed by seven transmission and distribution utilities.

Texas Law Boosting Wind Power Worked, So Legislator Wants to Do Away with It - Dallas Observer (blog)
Published by blogs.dallasobserver.com
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:09:35 GMT

Texas' rapidly expanding renewable energy industry owes much of its success to, of all people, a Republican state senator from Horseshoe Bay, one who is now trying to stop cities from banning fracking. Ten years ago Senator Troy Fraser authored ...

With Potential Repeal Of RPS, Wind Developers In Lone Star State Face Texas ... - North American Windpower
Published by nawindpower.com
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:37:19 GMT

Introduced by Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, S.B.931, "relating to the goal for renewable energy and [CREZ]," would end Texas' RPS at the end of the year while undoing the massive, $7 billion-plus CREZ project that unlocked bottlenecked wind areas through ... In addition, the bill would require that any new transmission projects in the footprint of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) would no longer proceed through the CREZ process but would now be required to meet an economic needs test, a more ...