The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires each political subdivision in a non-attainment area or an affected county to establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by at least five percent each state fiscal year. In 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 241, extending the timeline for this requirement seven years beginning September 1, 2019.
Each political subdivision, institution of higher education or state agency must submit a report annually to SECO regarding the entity's progress and efforts to meet the five percent annual reduction goal. The deadline to submit reports is February 1, 2022. An entity that does not attain the established goals must justify in their annual report to SECO that the entity has already implemented all cost efficiency measures.
The reporting requirements apply to each political subdivision, institution of higher education and state agency facility located in the 41 non-attainment areas or affected counties in Texas: Bastrop, Bexar, Brazoria, Caldwell, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Liberty, Montgomery, Nueces, Orange, Parker, Rockwall, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith, Tarrant, Travis, Upshur, Waller, Williamson, Wilson and Wise.
Note: Requirement for saving an incomplete energy reporting form. The user must resume/complete their survey using the same computer they started preparing the form. The user cannot clear their browser cookies while the form is being prepared or the user will lose the prior entered information. Incomplete forms are saved to a cookie in the user’s browser, which remains until the cookies are cleared in the browser. Since cookies are local to a specific device, the user must resume/complete their survey using the same computer.
Use this Reporting Help Guide (PDF) of the report to gather all necessary information prior to reporting online. Scanned copies will not be accepted. Reports must be completed online.
In accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(d), a political subdivision that does not attain the goal of reducing electric consumption by at least five percent must include justification that the entity has already reviewed its available options, determined that no additional measures are cost-effective, and already implemented all available cost-effective measures. If you are requesting an exemption, complete section 1 – 9 of the online reporting form and attach supporting documentation as explained in Section 9.
Resources are available to assist in completing this report.