(A)   Purpose.
      (1)   The City Council of Heath, Texas, finds that it in the best interest of the public to require that a Retail Electric Provider (REP) register as a condition of serving city residents.
      (2)   This chapter establishes a safe harbor process for registration of REP's to standardize notice and filing procedures, deadlines and registration information and fees.
      (3)   The safe harbor registration process provides certainty to city and REPs, thereby facilitating the development of a competitive retail electric market in Texas.
      (4)   This chapter shall be deemed to comply with PURA, being Tex. Utilities Code, §§ 11.001 et seq. and Tex. Utilities Code, § 39.358, since it is consistent with Texas Public Utility Commission rules.
   (B)   Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
      COMMISSION or PUC.  The Texas Public Utility Commission.
      PURA.  The Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act, as amended.
      REP.  Retail Electric Provider.
      RESIDENT.  Any electric customer located within the city, except the City of Heath, regardless of customer class.
      REVOCATION.  The cessation of all REP business operations within the city, pursuant to municipal order.
      SUSPENSION.  The cessation of all REP business operations within the city associated with obtaining new customers, pursuant to municipal order.
   (C)   Non-discrimination in REP registration requirements.
      (1)   City shall not establish registration requirements that are different for any REP or type of REP or that impose any disadvantage or confer any preference on any REP or type of REP.
      (2)   However, a city may exclude from its registration requirement a REP that provides service only the municipality’s own electric accounts and not to any residents of the municipality.
(2005 Code, § 17-4-1)