About Us

Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to affordable electricity and a healthy environment.  We provide straightforward information to consumers and advocate for energy efficiency programs, fair customer service practices, and customer education by providing information to the Public Utility Commission (PUC),  Austin City Council and the Texas Legislature.  Texas ROSE has been involved in helping to create utility programs to provide lower rates for low-income consumers and weatherization programs to permanently lower energy use and utility bills.   This is how Texas ROSE helps:

  • Supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and fair treatment of residential and low-income consumers at the PUC.
  • Created utility-funded programs all over Texas that lower electric bills for low-income and working poor households.
  • Saved lives and protected health by persuading the PUC and the Austin City Council to ban disconnection of electricity when the weather is extremely hot or cold.
  • Intervenes in proceedings before the PUC to comment on industry proposals and to present alternative proposals.
  • Served on special PUC advisory committees on electric deregulation.
  • Was a party to the successful lawsuit filed against the Department of Energy to increase the energy efficiency standard for central air conditioners to SEER 13.0.

For more information: pferris@texasrose.org
Phone: (512) 472-5233

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TRANSITION

As of April 3, 2018 Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy) has a new Executive Director. Long-time executive director Carol Biedrzycki says “I am very pleased to introduce Pamela Ferris who has accepted the challenge of advocating for affordable electricity and a healthy environment.” Ms. Ferris comes to Texas ROSE with an impressive history of community service. She graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. She started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching Chemistry and Mathematics in Ghana. Ms. Ferris’ other experiences include working for the Michigan Senate and the Lansing Chamber of Commerce where she gained experience in government relations and management. With the Michigan Nature Association, she was involved in writing grants. Ms. Ferris also worked for the Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA). At MCAAA she was a fund raiser, grant writer and program manager. She developed and executed energy efficiency grants and advocated for energy efficiency for low-income families. Assuring fiscal and programmatic compliance with grant requirements was another focus of her work. Ms. Ferris, avers that “she is looking forward to continuing to advocate for utility programs and policies to help low-income families maintain electric service.”