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R S Wise
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Username: Sandy_wise

Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 02:29 pm:   

I live in an area of Frisco that is co-op. Thus, I do not have a choice of utility providers.

Will this issue change in the near future? If not, is there a legal course that I could follow to obtain the "freedom to choose"?

It would seem that there would be legal grounds for me to have the same rights as other citizens of Frisco have when choosing a utility provider.
 

Jason Gray, Assistant City Manager
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Username: Jason

Post Number: 149
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 10:13 am:   

RS Wise-

You are correct that CoServ Electric is organized and recognized by the State of Texas as a co-op utility company. Several years ago when the Texas Legislature deregulated retail electric, they specifically allowed co-ops to make the choice to "opt-in" to deregulation, or continue doing business as they always have - that being controlled by an elected Board of Directors. While the City of Frisco has taken the position that all utility customers in Frisco should have the same ability to access competition, the Legislature has not yet made any changes to the law.

Because it is the choice of CoServ to not opt-in to deregulation, I suggest that you contact Brenda Walker, Administrative Assistant to the Board of Directors at 940-321-7886 to get a message to Jerry Cobb, our elected director.

Thanks-

Jason Gray
Assistant City Manager

(Message edited by jason on October 24, 2005)
 

Brian D.
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Username: Brian_d

Post Number: 4
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 02:40 pm:   

Just for clarification, is this a city of Frisco issue? Meaning, does the city of Frisco have a say as to whether or not the citizens of Frisco are under subjected to the monopoly of Co-Serv electric/gas (and their $19 per month 'customer' charge)? Is Brenda Walker/Jerry Cobb responsible for achieving change and choice of utility provider? Or, would this be a Denton/Collin county or state of Texas representative issue to get this changed? Thanks in advance for your clarification and help.
 

Jason Gray, Assistant City Manager
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Username: Jason

Post Number: 150
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 10:05 am:   

Brian-

Thanks for the question. The City of Frisco has no jurisdiction or authority over whether or not COServ opts into deregulation. It is an issue that would need to come from the CoServ Board of Directors. Additionally, Texas Legislature could change the law to force co-ops into deregulation by a certain date.

Brenda Walker is an Administrative Assistant for the Board of Directors of CoServ. Jerry Cobb is the elected representative on the CoServ Board of Directors from this area. This is not a county issue, but one that would have to be addressed directly by CoServ or globally by the Texas Legislature.

Thanks-

Jason Gray
Assistant City Manager
 

Matthew Wheaton
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Username: Mdwheaton

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 01:07 pm:   

As a further clarification, like other communities I've lived in, providers, like Cable TV providers make a deal with the city to serve a particular area. Is this true of CoServ? I'm assuming that's the case since there's different providers in different areas? Is this an area where citizens could get a petition together to get CoServ out of our area and we open the field to other competiton ?
 

Jason Gray, Assistant City Manager
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Username: Jason

Post Number: 152
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 02:27 pm:   

Matthew-

All of our franchise agreements are non-exclusive and cover the entire city, meaning that the utility companies that we have franchise agreements with can do business anywhere within the City. That being said, certain utilities like electric and natural gas are also governed by the State of Texas. In the case of electric, the Public Utility Commission of Texas governs the service areas in which electric companies can operate. Some areas are certified only for CoServ, some areas are certified only for TXU, and other areas are certified for both. In the case of a dual-certified area, either company can do business there. For single-certified areas, only the certified company can provide electric distribution service in the area. Natural gas is operated similarly, but is governed by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

In summary, while some areas are limited regarding the utility providers that are able to operate, that limitation is never placed on them by the City of Frisco. The State of Texas has jurisdiction over service areas of electric and natural gas. The City could regulate location of Cable TV providers to an extent, but the City of Frisco does not.

Thanks, I hope that this is more clarifying than it is confusing. If you have any follow-up questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thanks-

Jason Gray
Assistant City Manager

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