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Texas Laws | Utility Code
UTILITIES CODE
TITLE 3. GAS REGULATION

(c) Each party shall provide information and maintain records as reasonably necessary for the contract. (9246)

(d) A price charged to an agriculture energy user under the contract may not exceed the price charged to a majority of the supplier's commercial users or other similar large-volume users. (9247)

Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 166, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9248)

Sec. 123.024. EXCEPTION. (9249)(Text)

This subchapter does not apply to a transaction between an agriculture energy user and a supplier who does not deliver gas to a municipality unless: (9250)

(1) the parties agree the subchapter applies to the transaction; and (9251)

(2) the contract states the subchapter applies to the transaction. (9252)

Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 166, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9253)

CHAPTER 124. SUBMETERING TO MOBILE HOME PARKS AND APARTMENT HOUSES (9254)(Text)
Sec. 124.001. DEFINITIONS. (9255)(Text)

In this chapter: (9256)

(1) "Apartment house" means one or more buildings containing more than five dwelling units each of which is rented primarily for nontransient use with rent paid at intervals of one week or longer. The term includes a rented or owner-occupied residential condominium. (9257)

(2) "Dwelling unit" means: (9258)

(A) one or more rooms that are suitable for occupancy as a residence and that contain kitchen and bathroom facilities; or (9259)

(B) a mobile home in a mobile home park. (9260)

Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 166, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9261)

Sec. 124.002. SUBMETERING. (9262)(Text)

(a) The railroad commission shall adopt rules under which an owner, operator, or manager of a mobile home park or apartment house may purchase natural gas through a master meter for delivery to a dwelling unit in the mobile home park or apartment house using individual submeters to allocate fairly the cost of the gas consumption of each dwelling unit. (9263)

(b) In addition to other appropriate safeguards for a resident of a mobile home park or apartment house, the rules must provide that the owner, operator, or manager of the mobile home park or apartment house: (9264)

(1) may not deliver natural gas for sale or resale for profit; and (9265)

(2) shall maintain adequate records relating to that submetering and make those records available for inspection by the resident during reasonable business hours. (9266)

Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 166, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9267)

SUBTITLE C. PROPANE GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (9268)(Text)

CHAPTER 141. STANDARDS FOR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM RETAILERS (9269)(Text)
Sec. 141.001. DEFINITIONS. (9270)(Text)

In this chapter: (9271)

(1) "Allowable markup" means the two-calendar-year rolling average of the differences between the monthly E.I.A. retail prices per gallon reported during the two calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which a billing month occurs and the corresponding spot prices per gallon reported for the same month an E.I.A. retail price was reported during those two calendar years. As an example of the calculated allowable markup, for 2013, the allowable markup is $1.48 per gallon. (9272)

(2) "Allowable spot price" means the average of the spot prices for the two months preceding the billing month. As an example of the calculated allowable spot price, for the billing month of January 2013, the allowable spot price was $0.844 per gallon. The commission shall identify the allowable spot price each month and publish that price on the commission's website. (9273)

(3) "Commission" means the Railroad Commission of Texas or its successor agency. (9274)

(4) "Customer" means a retail customer of propane gas purchased from and delivered by a distribution system retailer through a propane gas system. (9275)

(5) "Distribution system retailer": (9276)

(A) means a retail propane dealer that: (9277)

(i) owns or operates for compensation in this state a propane gas system; and (9278)

(ii) has a Category E or K license issued by the applicable license and permit section of the commission; and (9279)

(B) does not include a person that furnishes propane gas only to the person, to the person's employees, or to the person's tenants as an incident of employment or tenancy, if the service is not resold to customers. (9280)

(6) "E.I.A. retail price" means the monthly U.S. Propane Residential Price as reported by the United States Energy Information Administration or its successor agency in dollars per gallon. As an example of the calculated E.I.A. retail price, for January 2013, the E.I.A. retail price was $2.449 per gallon. (9281)

(7) "Propane gas" means a normally gaseous hydrocarbon defined as propane by the United States Energy Information Administration or its successor agency. (9282)

(8) "Propane gas system" means one or more propane storage containers, equipment, and facilities connected to a contiguous piping system through which propane gas is supplied by a distribution system retailer to at least 10 customers. (9283)

(9) "Rate" means the price per cubic foot of gas passing through the meter levied, charged, or collected by a distribution system retailer from a customer for propane gas provided through a propane gas system to the customer exclusive of any fees, taxes, or other charges. A conversion factor of 36.4 cubic feet of propane gas per gallon shall be used for purposes of determining a rate. (9284)

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