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.
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...
The Big D is known for a bustling downtown, cutting-edge fashion, and beloved sports teams (including the Cowboys, once nicknamed America’s team). Although lesser-known worldwide, Dallas’ neighbor Fort Worth is just as powerful and will soon eclipse it’s older sister-city in size. Residents of this enormous metroplex demand the most current technology and quick service, and Quick Electricity strives to bring them the best of both.
Even though customers in deregulated Texas markets routinely pay more for electricity, there is a bright spot. The gap between the average price paid for electricity between deregulated and regulated market has shrunk to 8.8 percent. In 2006, customers in deregulated cities were paying nearly 47 percent more for electricity than their counterparts in regulated cities.
“ I have been with Startex since 2006.I have been pleasently surprised with their prompt,friendly service.Unlike prior experiences with my local cable and phone company.When you call with a question.They have never let me languish on hold.Or subject you to some horrid robot goonie.Although,I have noticed a little cheaper rate elsewhere.I will stick with Startex.I guess that I am "old school".And In these times of poor service and rude people.That means alot to me. ”
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.
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.
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...