For the past several decades, the Nevada energy market has been a monopoly controlled by the utility NV Energy.  NV Energy has controlled the price homes and businesses have paid for electricity for decades.  Unhappy?  Too bad. On November 6, you can do something about it. On November 6th, residents of Nevada can go to the polls and vote yes on question 3.  Voting yes will open the energy market to competition — homes and businesses will be able to shop around for their electricity provider.   You’ll be able to choose the electric rate and plan that’s right for you. 3 Reasons to Vote Yes on Question 3 New Jobs.  If voters say yes to question 3 on November 6th, some estimate that 34,000 new jobs will be created in the Silver State.  One company in particular that is interested in moving to (and hiring in!) Nevada is Google.  Google purchased land to build a massive datacenter in Northern Nevada but before investing money they’ve requested alternatives to NV Energy. Lower Bills.  Electric choice creates competition — competition is good for consumers!  Whether you need electricity for your apartment or a massive datacenter like Google, companies will need to be competitive to earn business.  Energy providers will have to offer great rates and great service to earn and keep your business, otherwise you (and everyone else) will be free to...
If you’re a Duke Energy customer, your piggy bank might see a little more coin this summer. According to recent press release, customers of Duke Energy are likely in for a treat this summer! Experts say that based on several different factors, the electric power company’s customer’s bills will be 3% – 4% lower compared to 2016’s summer months. President of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky had the following to say about the good news: “We experienced warmer-than-normal weather last summer. As a result, our customers used more electricity to cool their homes. This summer, we’re forecasting temperatures that are closer to normal. That means our...

While energy deregulation aims to help people afford the electricity they use, the fact that it opens the electricity market up to competition can sometimes encourage the wrong kinds of people. Energy deregulation allows organizations known as electricity providers (and their affiliates) to offer supply related energy services to energy consumers.  The vast majority of these organizations and the people working for them are legit and offer many different types of products and services that are reasonable, fair, and are advertised with honesty and transparency. However, there are individuals out there who try to take advantage of consumers. They run...


It’s recently come to our attention that there are some fairly substantial market changes that are impacting commercial customer electricity statements. These market changes have to do with something called the 4 Coincident Peak (4CP) program. If you participated in this program in 2016, then you might have already noticed that your utility has sent you new charges. The reason for this is because they have determined that your meter’s “demand element” has changed. But what do these changes really mean? What is the 4CP program and why are utilities suddenly applying new charges? And how can you benefit from...
There are many people across the United States that rely on government run assistance programs to help pay their electricity bills. The primary purpose of these assistance programs is to ensure that everyone, regardless of financial income, has access to basic needs like electricity. Texas in particular offers a few assistance programs. However, as of late there has been some confusion as to which plans continue to provide electricity consumers with assistance, and which ones have ended. One of the biggest programs we get questions about the most often is Lite-Up Texas. This assistance program is actually defunct, meaning that...

With close to 1 million residents, Fort Worth is a part of a fast-growing metropolitan area – including Arlington and Dallas – in North Central Texas. The city is made up of seven districts, all of which are deregulated. Aside from Fort Worth electricity supply options, the city has hidden gems when it comes to entertainment. Check out local spots such as craft breweries, music halls and authentic western apparel stores. The city is known as "Where the West Begins" for a reason!
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