Texas Bill Would Only Allow REPs To Contract With "Approved" IT Providers Designated By PUC
Texas State Senator Jane Nelson has filed a bill (SB 64) concerning cybersecurity that would mandate that Texas retail electric providers may only contract with an information technology provider that is "approved" by the Public Utility Commission of Texas
SB 64 defines "utility" for its relevant section to mean, among other entities, "a retail electric provider," or, "a power marketer."
The bill provides that the PUCT, "shall create and periodically update a list of approved vendors of information technology providers."
SB 64 provides that, "A utility may not enter into a contract with an information technology provider that is not an approved vendor on the list created under this section." [Subsection (b)]
SB 64 provides that, "A contract that does not comply with Subsection (b) is void and unenforceable."