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...
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...
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.
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...

With more than a decade in business as a quality electricity provider, Spark Energy works to consistently deliver reliable, low-cost electricity, community support and a better customer experience to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers across sixteen states. Why do we do it? Because we are committed to being the best electricity supplier in the country. In Fort Worth, that means:
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.
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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...
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.
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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.
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,...
If you’ve read the news in recent weeks, it’s become extremely clear that hurricane season is upon the United States. While hurricane season itself isn’t unusual, the fact that so many of these storms are making landfall in places like Texas and Florida is. The problem with hurricanes making landfall is that they can cause incredible damage in a short period of time. With winds between 74 (category 1) to 154 (category 5) mph, and an average rainfall of 5 – 15 inches, power lines can break, poles can topple over, and the power in your home can go out —...

Whether consumers are interested in a Fort Worth energy plan that features green energy, a price-protected supply rate or is from a leading Texas REP, shopping around can help narrow the supply plan search. Although Fort Worth community members can sign up with a REP, they'll still keep in contact with Oncor – the area's transmission and distribution service provider (TDSP).
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