Mandatory Renewable Energy Educational Materials

October 16, 2020


If an electric utility must construct a line extension for a customer, and the utility requires the customer to pay a Contribution in Aid to Construction (CIAC) or a pre-payment charge, or to sign a contract with a term of one year or longer, the utility must provide the customer with information about on-site renewable energy and distributed-generation (DG) technology alternatives. The information must be provided to the customer at the time of the CIAC estimate or pre-payment. This information must comply with guidelines established by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT), and must be provided to the customer at the time the estimate of the CIAC or pre-payment is given to the customer. If a CIAC or pre-payment is not required, then the information must be given to the customer before a contract is signed. The information is intended to educate the customer on available alternative options.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Line Extension Analysis
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Requirements: Utility must provide information on alternative energy options to customer
Service: Requests for new residential service requiring construction, such as line extensions, must be completed within 90 days, or within a time frame agreed to by the customer and electric utility, provided the applicant has met the credit requirements noted in § 25.24


Name: PUCT Substantive Rules § 25.22(7)


Name: Information - OPUC
Organization: Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel
Address: 1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78711-2397
Phone: (512) 936-7500

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.