Texas nonprofit utilities play a sizable role in the state’s electricity market. They cover more than 75 percent of the state’s land mass and provide electricity to 31 percent of residential customers and to 26 percent of commercial customers. [i]
Regulatory requirements for munis and co-ops are permissive. For the most part, these utilities are self-governed, and are subject to no regulatory oversight from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) or from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Because of this, they can act quickly and innovate in new ways. This puts nonprofit utilities at an advantage for advancing solar in their service areas and responding to customer demand.
Specific regulatory requirements and more details can be found in the Nonprofit Utilities Tool Box.
[i] NREL Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment