Texas deregulated most of the state's electricity markets in 2002, a move aimed at lowering electricity costs by letting consumers choose their own electric power providers and their own plans. Some parts of Texas continued to be regulated, including those that get power from municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities that operate outside the state's primary power grid.
That means that customers in Houston paid an average of $5,500 more for electricity over a 14-year time span beginning in 2002, according to the group that buys electricity on behalf of municipal governments in Texas. The calculation, which uses data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, assumes monthly electricity use of 1,300 kilowatt hours.
Companies across many industries use sales, promotions, and incentives to advertise and attract new customers — electric companies in deregulated states are no different. Many homes and businesses across the United States benefit from having the option to choose an electricity provider.  Of course, after the initial 3-month, 6 month, 12-month plan, etc. contract has expired with one provider, a home or business can switch to another provider offering services in that area. Since switching electricity companies is fairly easy, most providers offer different types of incentives to try and attract a competitor’s customers. But first things first. Before we get...

But competition didn't necessarily end up cutting prices, according to the report. One contributing factor is confusion among customers as they try to choose among scores of retail electricity providers and the overwhelming variation of plans, leading many to just stick with familiar companies rather than look for better deals, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power .
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“  I've NEVER had a problem with StarTex. I've had several others and their rates and fees always increase. Startex doesn't have the lowest rate, but they are about in the middle. I always use the "AMI" promotional code when I renew and it gives me the cheapest possible price...typically about .2 cents off per kWh. I pay via my banks bill pay system and have never had an issue. They send me monthly bills, they send me renewal notices, and their customer service has always been prompt and courteous. I would highly recommend StarTex for a reliable, cost efficient, and good power company. ”
On July 5, 2017, Spark Energy Inc. published a press release announcing that their acquisition of Verde Energy is official. Verde Energy will now offer its services within Spark Energy Inc.’s brand of products. About Spark Energy Inc. Founded in 1999, Spark Energy Inc. is a retail energy provider for both residential and commercial energy consumers in 19 states. They provide services to 94 territories with headquarters located in Houston, Texas. The company provides a wide range of services with an emphasis on reasonable rates, stable rates as well as green energy options. About Verde Energy Verde Energy is a...
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When picking energy service for Fort Worth, TX the ideal section to begin is on the State ratings page. It was built by Texans, for Texans. There shoppers will find a complete list of the top energy providers in the State of Texas. Once you have found an energy provider that exceeds your requirements, you can then buy based on electricity rates for Fort Worth.
I LOVE this company. No deposit, my power was turned on within 24 hours. I get a daily text and e-mail telling me my electrical usage each day along with my balance and estimated day remaining.. I can really see how what activitues affect my usage and adjust.. I never have a big bill i just add funds each pay day and add a little extra when i have …
In just a few short years, prepaid light companies have grown in popularity amongst Texans. Without committing to a long term contract, fees and huge deposits, pay-as-you-go electricity is the easiest and fastest way to have same day power to your home or apartment. With Quick Electricity you can now compare prepaid electricity rates and plans from many providers across the state. We are happy to deliver the best brands to our customers.  Take a look around and find the plan that’s best for you.
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...
Consumers in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi were promised bargains on electricity when the Texas Legislature deregulated the electricity market. But 16 years later they're still paying more for electricity than their counterparts in cities Texas lawmakers exempted from deregulation such as Austin and San Antonio, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power which analyzed federal electricity pricing data.
Last Thursday, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) held a live conference as part of their CSIS Energy and National Security Program. The presentation, hosted by CSIS Senior Vice President and Trustee Fellow, Frank Verrastro, called upon Ian Meed, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Office of Energy Analysis to present the United States Energy Administration’s (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2017. The presentation focused primarily on the long-term, international energy projections on a variety of topics including: Electricity generation by energy type Region defined primary energy sources Carbon dioxide emissions Fuel supplies Natural gas markets...
Electricity Rates and Plans vary by Zip code, so when looking for electricity service for 76155, it is important to consider all energy companies. An energy company might have a higher rate for one Zip code; however, then a very compelling and inexpensive energy plan for another. Below you will see nearby cities and other Zip codes for Fort Worth - if any.
Yesterday, Shell Energy North America announced that they have officially signed an agreement to purchase MP2 Energy LLC. The signed agreement is only the first step in the acquisition process, as the agreement still needs to be approved by regulators. This approval process is expected to wrap up before the last few months of 2017. According to a recent press release published by Cision PR Newswire, Glenn Wright, Vice President of Shell Energy North America provided the following statement: “We are proud to bring MP2 into the Shell Energy North America family,” he said. “MP2 has established itself as a significant...
When you receive your electricity bill at the end of the month, you will see many different charges included. One charge that tends to trip people up more often than not is something called capacity charges. You might not know this but capacity charges can appear as the “second highest cost-per-kwh on your bill“– after generation. In order to help clarify this term and what exactly it means for your pocket book, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about this particular charge. What are Capacity Charges? Capacity Charges are based on the highest amount of energy you...
About 14 years ago, Texas deregulation laws initiated competition for electric companies. In Fort Worth, people in the community can pick a retail electric provider (REP), but not all renters, business owners and homeowners in Texas have this option. If consumers own a business, live or rent in the city, they can decide amongst Fort Worth electric rates in their ZIP code.
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