COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, February 15, 2011 

PLACE:        Senate Chamber 
CHAIR:        Senator John Carona 



The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will hold its organizational meeting at 8:00 a.m. on February 15, 2011, in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol. Upon completion of the meeting, the Committee will recess.


The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will convene in a joint hearing with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources at 8:30 a.m. on February 15, 2011, in the Senate Chamber.  The purpose of the hearing is to receive updates on the power outages of February 2nd through 4th and to discuss the status, preparedness, and responsiveness of current operating procedures.  Invited and public testimony.


Introduction and Opening Remarks


II.  Invited Testimony


Panel 1

Barry Smitherman, Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas

Trip Doggett, President and CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Michael Williams, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas

Bryan Shaw, Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Sheri Givens, Public Counsel, Office of Public Utility Counsel


Panel 2

David Campbell, Chief Executive Office, Luminant

Ned Ross, Director, Government Affairs, Direct Energy

John Ragan, Regional President, NRG


Panel 3

Brenda J. Pulis, Senior Vice President of Operations, Oncor

Wade Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer, AEP Texas

Larry Weis, General Manager, Austin Energy


Panel 4

Dick Erskine, President, Atmos Pipeline Company

Scott Doyle, Division Vice President, Texas Operations, Centerpoint Energy

Steve Turk, Vice President of Operations, Southern Division, Chesapeake Energy


III. Public Testimony




Written testimony is welcome, please submit 24 copies with your name on each copy to the Committee staff at the hearing, and please provide an electronic copy at your earliest opportunity.   If you would like to speak during public testimony, please limit oral remarks to three minutes. Further information posted at