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...
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...

Switching to a different electricity supplier in Texas is kind of like picking a different phone company. When you switch to Spark Energy, the utility will continue to deliver your electricity, and they will remain your point of contact in case of an emergency. We’ll bill you monthly for the utility’s delivery services and for your electricity usage.

Electricity rates in Texas are not fixed. Your rate can vary greatly depending on your usage and your electric plan. Some plans have relatively flat rates, while others can be all over the place. This means that you could end up paying 7¢ for 999 kWhs and 8.5¢ for 1001 kWhs. That would be a 16% increase because you microwaved a few potatoes. Learn more on the different plan types here.

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.


Customers can find deals in competitive electricity markets if they take the time and effort to look at web sites such as powertochoose.org, the official comparison shopping site of the Public Utility Commission. The study cited a PUC survey of retail electricity offerings in Houston that showed nine deals in March that were lower than the regulated price of electricity in San Antonio.
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!
Switching to a different electricity supplier in Texas is kind of like picking a different phone company. When you switch to Spark Energy, the utility will continue to deliver your electricity, and they will remain your point of contact in case of an emergency. We’ll bill you monthly for the utility’s delivery services and for your electricity usage.

Following a warning from the FBI last month that Russian hackers were attacking the US power grid, Energy Services Group (ESG) has been knocked offline for the second time in recent months. As of this writing, ESG’s systems remain offline to scores of brokers, suppliers, and utilities in Texas that rely on them every single day.  ESG has yet to release many details in regards to the continued outage, but it has stated that it will be down until “further notice.” ESG not only strongly supports and impacts Texas’ energy operations, but dozens of other states, provinces, and prefectures,...
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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