Find out more about the history of the Texas Railroad Commission, its role in rate oversight and the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program in reports from the Atmos Cities Steering Committee. For additional reports about consumer utility issues, check out the websites of our sister organization, the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor.
ACSC: A Timeline
Explore the history of the Atmos Cities Steering Committee from its foundation decades ago to its involvement in recent gas utility matters at the Texas Railroad Commission. This extensive timeline document by ACSC general counsel Geoffrey Gay covers nearly a quarter-century of regulatory history.
License to Bill: How the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program Leads to Utility Rate Increases for Texas Consumers
The Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program — GRIP — allows gas utilities to hike rates without meaningful regulatory oversight. Texas gas utilities even use GRIP to hike gas rates during periods when they’re already earning windfalls. Find out more in this 2018 policy guide from the ACSC.
INFO CARD: Natural Gas Safety Tips
If you ever detect even a small amount of natural gas odor, get away and contact your natural gas provider. If you don’t know the number, call 9-1-1. These and other natural gas safety tips are included in this fact sheet from the Atmos Cities Steering Committee. Available free for download, feel free to print, distribute and share regularly with coworkers and family.
INFO CARD: Gas Bill and Rate Case FAQ
This handy FAQ document provides a quick summary of the rate case process — from filing to rehearing. It also explains the elements of your natural gas utility bill.
INFO CARD: Gas Utility Safety and Atmos Energy
Natural gas line explosions have killed nine people in north and central Texas from 2006 through 2018 and destroyed more than two dozen homes. These tragedies have renewed the public’s interest in gas safety issues — especially as they pertain to the Mid-Tex Division of Atmos Energy, the North Texas gas utility. This fact sheet, available for download, provides important context and history.
Natural Gas Consumers & the Texas Railroad Commission: Pocketbook & Policy Issues
Did you know that the Texas Railroad Commission oversees home gas rates? It’s one of the agency’s most important responsibilities. Learn more in this 2010 study from the ACSC.