What 3 things do I need to know to shop for Texas electricity this summer?

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Shopping for a retail electricity provider during the summer in Texas can be frustrating and confusing. And if you don’t have a basic understanding of what drives prices in the ERCOT region, you could wind up paying more for electricity. While learning that sounds complicated, you really only need to know three things when you’re shopping […]

The Texas Flood of 2016 & Your Electricity Bills

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El Niños bring cool, wet weather in Texas by blowing persistent and extended Pacific jet stream across the state. While this helps kill off hurricanes, it amplifies storm tracks across the southwest and Texas bringing more rain into the Lone Star State — up to a foot or more on average. And this El Niño […]

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 Manipulation Questions Possibly Reveal Larger Concerns

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

After writing a post asking some questions about whether or not it was possible if the Texas electricity market was being manipulated on 06/26/12, I have since received a fair amount of attention. On top of the previously linked articles, my post was also mentioned at the bottom of another Houston Chronicle piece discussing the […]

AEP Gets Approval To Sell Texas Electricity as AEP Retail Energy

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in AEP Retail Energy, Centerpoint, ONCOR, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

In what I consider to be extremely poor tidings, Paul Ring of Energy Choice Matters is reporting that a judge in the Texas Courts is going to allow AEP to sell retail electricity as “AEP Retail Energy” under the license name AEP Texas Commercial & Industrial Retail Limited Partnership. I’ve written about this extensively before […]

Texas Electricity, TCAP, and a Biased “History” – Part One

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, TER News, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

Most people probably haven’t heard of TCAP, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. Although, if you’ve read the TER Blog or visited the TER Facebook page with any regularity, you might have seen me comment about TCAP’s public relations face, Recharge Texas. So who is TCAP? TCAP is a membership group of local community politicians […]

Deregulated Texas Electricity Bills are Cheaper than Entergy Texas Bills

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

Recharge Texas is back to their usual tricks and painting deregulated electricity in Texas in a negative light. Even worse is they have managed to wrangle a position blogging for the Houston Chronicle’s Fuel Fix blog, which I’m concerned will give them further false credibility. Anyway, Recharge Texas is once again claiming that Texans are […]

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 1

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, Direct Energy, ONCOR, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

In a series of articles, I want to take a look at American Electric Power’s (AEP) court hearing regarding their application to become a Retail Electricity Provider (REP), similar to Reliant, TXU, Gexa, or Bounce. The interesting thing about their application is that AEP is currently a Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) for 2 regions […]

When To Buy Electricity in Texas – 2011/2012 Edition

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One of the most common questions most people ask is when to shop for Texas electricity. In fact, I’ve written about this topic before. Normally, my previous advice would apply any year, and for the most part it still does: Shop during the winter months when the rates are lowest and lock into long term […]