Propane Distribution Price Caps

House Bill 2532 relating to the regulation of propane distribution system retailers was passed during the 83rd regular legislative session (2013).  The bill applies to systems that supply propane through a contiguous piping system to at least 10 customers; it does not apply to the retail or wholesale sale of propane. The bill established standards for distribution system retailers who supply propane to residential or commercial end users, bringing those entities under the ratemaking jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission.  In addition, the bill prohibits the disconnection of service under certain circumstances.  The Commission has established a toll-free number, 1-877-228-5740, for customers to report such service interruptions.

2019 Allowable Spot Prices

Month (1) Allowable Spot Price (2)
Allowable Markup (3)
Maximum Price per Gallon Maximum Price per Cubic Foot
 January  0.711  1.610  2.32  0.0638
 February  0.671  1.610  2.28  0.0627
 March  0.669  1.610  2.28  0.0626
 April  0.672  1.610  2.28  0.0627
    May  0.655  1.610  2.27  0.0622
 June  0.610  1.610  2.22  0.0610
 July  0.513  1.610  2.12  0.0583
 August  0.468  1.610  2.08  0.0571
 September  0.446  1.610  2.06  0.0565
 October  0.427  1.610  2.04  0.0560
 November  0.458  1.610  2.07  0.0568
 December  0.500  1.610  2.11  0.0580
  1. For a customer's bill that contains days in more than one month, the month with the most days covered by the bill shall be considered the billing month (TEX. UTIL. CODE §141.003(a)).

  2. Allowable Spot Price is the average Mont Belvieu, Tx Spot Price for the two months preceding the billing month. The Mont Belvieu, Tx Spot Price is obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) (TEX. UTIL. CODE §141.001(2)).

  3. Allowable Markup is the two-calendar-year rolling average of the differences between the monthly EIA retail prices per gallon reported during the two calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which a billing month occurs and the corresponding spot prices per gallon reported for the same month an EIA retail price was reported during those two calendar years (TEX. UTIL. CODE §141.001(1)).

Last Updated: 1/15/2020 10:52:51 AM