S.B. No. 933
  relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  to review transmission interconnections that enable imports or
  exports from the ERCOT power grid.
         SECTION 1.  Section 37.051, Utilities Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (c-1), (c-2), and (c-3) to read as follows:
         (c-1)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this title
  except Section 11.009, and except as provided by Subsection (c-2),
  a person, including an electric utility or municipally owned
  utility, may not interconnect a facility to the ERCOT transmission
  grid that enables additional power to be imported into or exported
  out of the ERCOT power grid unless the person obtains a certificate
  from the commission stating that public convenience and necessity
  requires or will require the interconnection. The person must
  apply for the certificate not later than the 180th day before the
  date the person seeks any order from the Federal Energy Regulatory
  Commission related to the interconnection.  The commission shall
  apply Section 37.056 in considering an application under this
  subsection. In addition, the commission must determine that the
  application is consistent with the public interest before granting
  the certificate. The commission may adopt rules necessary to
  implement this subsection.  This subsection does not apply to a
  facility that is in service on December 31, 2014.
         (c-2)  The commission, not later than the 185th day after the
  date the application is filed, shall approve an application filed
  under Subsection (c-1) for a facility that is to be constructed
  under an interconnection agreement appended to an offer of
  settlement approved in a final order of the Federal Energy
  Regulatory Commission that was issued in Docket No. TX11-01-001 on
  or before December 31, 2014, directing physical connection between
  the ERCOT and SERC regions under Sections 210, 211, and 212 of the
  Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. Sections 824i, 824j, and 824k).  In
  approving the application, the commission may prescribe reasonable
  conditions to protect the public interest that are consistent with
  the final order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
         (c-3)  Nothing in Subsection (c-1) or (c-2) is intended to
  restrict the authority of the commission or the independent
  organization certified under Section 39.151 for the ERCOT power
  region to adopt rules or protocols of general applicability.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 933 passed the Senate on
  April 14, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 29, 2015, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 933 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 26, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 146,
  Nays 0, two present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House