Texas lawmakers want to increase the accountability of energy companies after widespread power failures last month. Representative Lyle Larson filed a bill to consolidate the state's oil, gas and electric regulators into one elected group called the Texas Energy and Communications Commission. State Senator Judith Zaffirini filed a bill that would make the Public Utility Commission an elected body, and another that would set standards for winterizing power systems. These actions come after winter storms caused massive power outages and extremely high energy bills across the state.
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