Texas Special District Local Laws Code § 3501.103 Utilities

Sec. 3501.103. UTILITIES. (a) As may be necessary and appropriate to accomplish the purposes for which the authority was established, the authority may exercise those powers granted to general law districts by Chapter 49, Water Code, and granted to municipal utility districts by Chapter 54, Water Code, may provide all other utility services that may be provided by an electric, gas, or water utility on an immediate basis without the need for state regulatory approval, and without restriction, may delegate those powers and the provision of those services to a neighboring municipality, a municipally owned utility, a cooperative corporation, or other utility provider.

(b) The authority shall continue to be served by the provider, as of September 1, 1999, of electricity and related services to the authority until the authority delegates the provision of electric services under Subsection (a).

(c) A delegation under Subsection (a) of a power related to electric service and the provision of electric services may be made only to an electric utility provider that agrees to upgrade the electrical system infrastructure so that the authority can accomplish its purpose. The authority shall determine the criteria to be used for determining the level of infrastructure improvements necessary to encourage the expansion of economic development and commercial activity. The authority may delegate the provision of electric services without state regulatory approval.

(d) The authority may contract to convey the property related to the supply and distribution of electrical power in the authority's territory to an electric utility provider that requires the conveyance as a condition of making an upgrade prescribed by Subsection (c).

Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1277, Sec. 1, eff. April 1, 2005.

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