The chronological report has been updated and re-released to mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking Texas electric deregulation law.

In 1999, with the adoption of Senate Bill 7, Texas began its historic march toward the deregulation of retail electricity. Although not immediate in effect, the state’s groundbreaking legislation eventually ushered in some of the most significant changes ever for its power consumers.

In commemoration of that anniversary, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a coalition of cities, has released an updated version of its signature report, Electric Deregulation in Texas: A Market Chronicle. The book, organized chronologically in a year-by-year fashion, is available through free digital download and through print on demand. Go here for more information.

“This book is a great resource for anyone interested in the history of the state’s deregulated electricity market,” said TCAP executive director Jay Doegey. “It follows the ups and downs of the market, and provides great explanatory material. You can read about the price increases shortly after the transition to deregulation, you’ll see how prices improved in later years and the book includes technical material relating to the grid operator, resource adequacy and other important issues we face today.”

The 140-page historical report describes key deregulation-related events, beginning with those years prior to the adoption of the 1999 law and through 2019. It includes more than 20 sequential chapters, each focusing on individual years. The report updates an earlier version first released in 2009 by TCAP for the law’s 10-year anniversary.


— R.A. Dyer