Arguing that the Texas economy is at stake, a bitterly divided Public Utility Commission decided Friday to begin mandating reserve levels for the state’s electricity supplies — a move aimed at answering reliability questions but one that is also the first step toward redesigning the state’s wholesale electricity market.
Brandy Marty, a commissioner newly appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, broke a months-long stalemate between utility commission Chair Donna Nelson and Commissioner Ken Anderson Jr., also Perry appointees, who vehemently disagree over the future of electricity supplies and wholesale prices. Marty sided with Nelson in voting in favor of the new policies.
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