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Energy Companies in Texas
You’ve probably heard from friends or neighbors that you have the power to choose when it comes to energy supply. There is a lot to learn, so get ready to find the information you need to be able to make a good decision. EnergyCompaniesInTexas.org is here to help you learn about electricity in Texas, deregulation and how to choose the best electric provider for you.
Understanding electricity in Texas
Electricity in Texas is deregulated. In 2002, Texas separated electricity supply from delivery. Instead of being forced into getting electricity supply from their utility company, consumers now have options. Electricity in Texas is divided into service areas according to utility company. There are several utility companies in Texas that allow consumers to choose a retail electric provider. REPs can charge competitive supply rates and plans that appeal to many types of consumers. Take the time to browse your options because the more you know, the better your choice will be.
What is the difference between utilities and electric providers?
Utility companies are responsible for delivering your electricity. Your utility company may be Oncor, CenterPoint Energy, AEP Central or another company. These companies maintain the power lines in your area and ensure the reliable delivery of your electricity. Retail electric providers work with utility companies to provide your energy supply. If you experience a power outage, you should contact your utility company, not your REP.
Compare energy companies in Texas before you choose
Before you choose a new energy supplier, it is important to research your options and compare energy companies. In Texas there are dozens of retail energy companies, so it may seem overwhelming at first. You’re already in the right place. EnergyCompaniesinTexas.org can help you learn more about electric providers in your area and help you make an informed decision.
Think about which qualities of an energy company are important to you. Here are some things to consider when you compare energy companies:
- Contract length: Think about how long you plan to be in living in your current service area of Texas. Homeowners may be interested in a long-term contract that will last for a few years. If you live in an apartment or you aren’t sure how long you’ll be in your area, you may benefit from a short-term contract that offers more flexibility.
- Type of rate: When you research energy providers, you will find fixed-rate plans and variable-rate plans. Fixed-rate plans allow consumers to keep the same supply rate throughout their contract. This offers price protection from supply rate increases. On the other hand, variable-rate plans go along with the market price of energy. If market prices decrease, consumers may benefit from lower rates temporarily. If market prices increase, electricity supply rates may also increase.
- Green energy: If you’re interested in finding a green energy plan, there may be plans available in your area. Green energy plans use renewable resources to shrink your carbon footprint.
- Customer service: If you’re not being treated with the customer service you deserve, maybe it’s time to make the switch.