Demand Response Programs and 2015

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Centerpoint, Direct Energy, ONCOR, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

Now that the new year has been rung in, and everyone is getting back to their regular daily lives, it is time to focus back in on Texas electricity in 2015. I previously wrote about Critical Peak (or Demand Response) programs last July. Now that we’ve rung in 2015, lets take a quick look at […]

Excellent DMN Article Highlights Confusion in Texas Electricity Shopping

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

In a recent article in the Dallas Morning News, Mitchell Schnurman does an outstanding job of highlighting several of the existing challenges with navigating the Texas electricity market. As someone who has operated a website for electricity in Texas for five years that prioritizes consumer advocacy, I’ve long been beating the drum that the best way […]

PUC to Vote on Important “Small Fish” Texas Electricity Exemption Rule

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ERCOT is set to vote on an amendment to a rule that is commonly known as the “Small Fish Swim Free” market exemption. As much as that might not sound like a big deal, this vote actually should have huge ramifications for the entire industry of electricity in Texas, from the generators all the way […]

Champion Energy’s Scholarship Program

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Champion Energy, the four time consecutive winner of the J.D. Power Award for excellence in customer service in the Texas electricity space, has announced their new Champion Scholars Program. The program, which continues Champion Energy’s commitment to community service and philanthropy, will award scholarships to one winner ($5,000) and two runners up ($1,000), respectively. The […]

Texas Electricity Complaints Continue to Decline

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Customer complaints in the Texas electricity market have declined for the fourth straight year, as reported by multiple news outlets including the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Complaints are once again the lowest since deregulation began in 2002. Naturally, Recharge Texas (TCAP) once again continued to further their agenda by pointing out there were less complaints during […]

More on Texas Electricity & Capacity Markets

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The debate over capacity markets and whether or not they will become a model for Texas electricity continues to rage. I’ve already given you my thoughts on a Capacity market in my primer on the subject. But more information from all sides continues to blast out from all interested parties. First was the release of […]

Direct Energy Purchases Bounce Energy

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Bounce Energy, Direct Energy, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

This morning Direct Energy has announced their purchase of Texas retail electricity provider Bounce Energy. Bounce Energy, who has consistently been at the top of the Texas Electricity Ratings rankings (currently #1), has easily been the most innovative electricity provider in the country in terms of their online technology/capabilities and their success in reaching out […]

Power Generators Continue Campaign to Squeeze Texas Electricity Customers Dry

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In a turn of events that stuns absolutely no one, the energy generators in the state of Texas are once again attempting to leverage more money from the customers and retail electricity providers to line their pockets. And naturally, they are using the alleged, worst case scenario of an “energy shortage” in Texas and the […]

PUC Continues to Drop Ball on Consumer Advocacy?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, Direct Energy, Green/Renewable Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Trends, TXU Energy, YEP

I revieve reader questions on a regular basis about how the PUC handles their ranking system. The general thrust is “I see there is a state rankings system for Texas electricity, but it looks dated.” Or “I don’t see the electricity provider that I’m interested in listed on the PUC’s page. What gives?” I wrote an […]

Texas Electricity Ratings: Rankings Update 2/19/13

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Consumer Advocacy, Deregulated Electricity, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Texas Power, TXU Energy

We’re well into the new year, and it is time for a new update of our rankings here at Texas Electricity Ratings. We’ve had rate changes now that companies are preparing to move back into summer rates, and there’s also been another round of customer reviews that I’ve entered into my system. So with that […]