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Posted: Dec 5, 2013 3:46 PM

Updated: Dec 5, 2013 3:46 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is joining bipartisan opposition against a possible restructuring of the Texas electricity market.

The Fort Worth state senator said Thursday that state energy regulators overstepped their authority with an October vote that opened the door in Texas to what's called a capacity market. .

Republicans and Democrats on a Senate committee last week blasted the Public Utility Commission over the move.

Power companies currently only make money when electricity is sold. Capacity payments give additional money for keeping mandated reserve power, which supporters say would guard against blackouts and incentive construction of new plants.

Lawmakers say it would lead to higher electric bills without any guarantee the lights will stay on.

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