Dallas Texas. (Photo: iStock.com/AlizadaStudios)
Dallas, Texas. (Photo: iStock.com/AlizadaStudios)

For energy brokers, it’s time to register with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC).

Effective September 1, if you are not registered as a broker or aggregator with the Texas PUC, suppliers will no longer accept agreements from brokers without a temporary registered broker ID or a permanent registered broker ID.

Brokers who have not registered with the PUC need to download their application from the PUC’s application site. As a reminder, the applications must be mailed in with seven (7) hard copies of the application, and the affidavit form must be notarized.

SB 1497 Becomes Reality

The Sept. 1 deadline is the outworking of SB 1497, a bill that passed earlier this year calling for all brokers to be registered with the Texas PUC on or before Sept. 1.

Any broker that submits an application before Sept. 1 but does not receive a license by September will receive a temporary ID from the PUC.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill on June 15, marking a win for Texas ratepayers for whom the bill added a layer of protection from unregistered brokers.

The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) worked with the PUC to help form SB 1497.  TEPA National Board President Huston Able told Energy Pages earlier this year his organization was pleased with the bill.

“(The bill) continues the advancement of the Texas retail energy market, and, at the end of the day, protects the consumer,” Able said.

Author:
Jason Beck, is a sales & marketing leader with 10+ years of experience growing customer bases for startups to Fortune 500 companies within deregulated energy. He has an extensive background in creating and executing multi-channel customer engagement plans while streamlining internal cross-functional processes through software automation. Some of these channels include door-to-door, Brokerage, Telemarketing, Digital and Direct Mail. Past positions include managing 3rd party sales channels for Constellation, leading the residential business unit for AEP Energy and VP of Marketing, Reporting and Analytics for Source Power & Gas.

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