Policy Reports

Find out more about the history of Texas electric deregulation, the workings of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, proposals for a capacity market and other issues in these reports from the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor. Additional reports about consumer utility issues can be found on the websites of our sister organizations, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power and the Atmos Cities Steering Committee.

Oncor Cities Steering Committee Timeline

The Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor is one of the largest and most influential organizations of its kind in the state. Learn about its history and accomplishments in this in-depth timeline document by OCSC General Counsel Geoffrey Gay.

A Retreat From Electric Competition

How a Texas Capacity Market Will Lead to Expensive Subsidies, New Regulations and Higher Prices. Learn about the controversial proposals in this 2013 report co-sponsored by the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor and TCAP.

Coming to Terms With ERCOT: 

A Glossary and Primer

ERCOT, also known as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, is the non-profit corporation that oversees the state’s electric power grid. The organization also has responsibility for settling transactions in the state’s wholesale spot market for electricity. This glossary and primer Includes explanations of relevant ERCOT terms, plus information about its history, structure and board structure. 

The Story of ERCOT

This special research project co-sponsored by TCAP and the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor reports on the state’s electric grid operator, its power market and rates under the Texas electric deregulation law.

Real-Time Co-Optimization Fact Sheet

ERCOT stakeholders and staff in 2023 re-initiated work on a wholesale power market redesign referred to as “Real-Time Co-optimization.”  When fully implemented, Real-Time Co-Optimization should save consumers money. However, the overhaul is complicated. Find out more by reading the Real-Time Co-Optimization Fact Sheet.