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...
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.
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.
“  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. ”
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.
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...
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.
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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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...
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is made up of 10,000-plus business headquarters. Fort Worth businesses can request a custom supply rate to reflect past and expected energy consumption. Also, energy-conscious businesses should inquire about renewable energy supply plans or add-ons. In Fort Worth, energy efficiency is held in high regard. The city created the Business Smart program to recognize businesses that are making eco-friendly changes to the way they use energy, reduce waste and more. If you're interested in a business energy plan, reach out for help from our business energy specialists.
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