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Rates differ from state to state, city to city, time of year, provider to provider… so how can a consumer know that they are looking at a good electric rate? There are many factors that have an impact on electricity rates. So, it’s important to have a good understanding of what those factors are and what you, as an electricity consumer need to look for in a ‘good’ electricity rate. Home vs. Business Rates For starters, are you a residential or commercial customer?  If you’re using your electric service for your home, then in general expect to pay more per...
Since the deregulation of energy began impacting Dallas/Fort Worth in 2002, the residents of the DFW metroplex have been given their choice of electricity provider. The power to choose prepaid electricity in Dallas and Fort Worth has brought about a new way to buy electricity by means of a smart meter. Smart meters read electricity usage in real-time, allowing electric companies to connect a customer and read their daily usage in minutes. This in turn saves the company money and allows them to pass the savings on to you, the customer.

Located in Northern Texas, Fort Worth was founded in 1849. Based on population, the city is the fifth largest in Texas and boasts a population of almost nine-hundred thousand citizens. Originally founded as an army outpost, the city has transformed into one of the most prolific cities in the state. As part of the DFW metroplex, it contributes to the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Due to the fact that Texas as a whole maintains a deregulated market, the city’s residents are able to select from a variety of energy service providers.
Eversource, an electricity services company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced that they plan to reduce their electricity rates during the summer months of 2017. With over 1.7 million customers, the company hopes that this decrease will contribute to its mission of delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to western areas of the state. Details on Changes According Massachusetts state law, Basic Service supply rates need to change twice a year. These changes take place on pre-defined dates: January 1st and July 1st. Due to this law, Eversource put in this request earlier this month with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) of Massachusetts. This...

Free Nights & Free Weekends electricity plans are an incredibly popular choice for Texas electricity customers. Providers have answered customer’s demand with several ‘free time’ electricity plan choices. Most of these time of use plans offer free weekends, while others offer free nights or even a free month of electricity. Customers love the idea of free electricity, and why not? Hot summers in Texas require a lot of electricity!
In Fort Worth, 0% of people have switched to a plan that has some renewable energy component to it. Another 0% have switched to a plan that is partially renewable, while 0% have switched to a plan that powers homes completely by renewable electricity. This of course means that 100% of people have remained on a plan powered by traditional sources of electricity such as coal or nuclear power.
There seems to be a lot of talk about cybersecurity lately.  At first glance, it might seem like a subject that doesn’t really apply to energy, however if we take a closer look, we can see that energy related cybersecurity is extremely important. We know this because the Department of Energy has recently released a cybersecurity strategy to try and strengthen our electricity grid’s security, processes and management. The reason why they developed this strategy is to try and better manage the hacking activities that have taken place in recent years. Before we dive into the strategy and the different ways...
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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