Two companies provide electric service to your facility: the Retail Electric Provider and the wires company (also known as the Transmission and Distribution Service Provider, or the Transmission and Distribution Utility, or the utility company). In Houston, it is known as CenterPoint Energy. When their charges have not been included in the price quoted to you by the Retail Electric Provider, there will be extra line items on your bill.
Fixed-rate, long-term (contract) plans provide stability in electricity rates. If market energy costs suddenly trend upward where you live, you can rest assured that you won’t have to pay more out of pocket. However, if you want to switch to a different, lower-cost plan before the end of the contract term, you’ll likely have to pay a cancellation or early termination fee.