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TEXAS RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

TEXAS RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • LITE UP Texas
    • Discount up to 82% of the customer's electric usage for September 2013 and again for May through August 2014. Starting September 1, 2014, the discount was reduced to 15% through August 2015, then increased to 31% starting September 2015 through August 2016.

      Eligibility: currently receiving Medicaid and SNAP or 125% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Energy Efficiency
  • SBC weatherization
    • Funds are 'piggybacked' with the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to reach more low-income households and provide additional weatherization services
  • Hard-to-Reach
    • Mandated by the 1999 restructuring legislation, utilities fund programs that offer free, low-cost weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements
Participating Utilities
  • LITE UP Texas: Electric utilities
  • SBC funded weatherization and Hard-to-Reach: Electric utilities
Annual Funding (2014)
  • LITE UP Texas: $392 million
  • SBC weatherization: $13.7 million
  • Hard-to-Reach: $11.8 million
Households Served (2014)
  • LITE UP Texas: 735,865
  • SBC weatherization: 3,190
  • Hard-to-Reach: 13,404
Funding Mechanism
  • LITE UP Texas and SBC weatherization: as of September 1, 2013, the nonbypassable fee of up to 65 cents per megawatt hour was cancelled
Administration
  • LITE UP Texas: Solix with Public Utility Commission oversight
  • SBC weatherization: WAP
  • Hard-to-Reach: administered by the utilities and implemented by private contractors
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
Other Important
  • SB 1434 (June 2011) amends the Utilities Code by changing funding for targeted low-income programs.
  • SB 712 ( May 2005) requires that SBC funds for low-income weatherization be restored.
  • HB 7 (May 2013) cancels the SBC and discontinues the LITE UP discount after August 2016
REPORTS / EVALUATIONS