Texas Power Market Decision May Come in Early 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A decision may come early next year on how Texas plans to ensure its energy reserves meet rising demand for power amid the state's booming economy and population growth.

Brandy Marty, the newest member of the Texas Public Utility Commission, said Tuesday its members were waiting on two reports to better track power capacity and future power needs statewide.

She told the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee that those reports should be ready in December or January. After that, she said, a decision could come "very early into the next year."

The three-member commission is split between two plans on how to boost energy reserves. What it decides could cause consumer power bills to spike.

Marty is likely the deciding vote. But she's refused to say how she's leaning.