PUC to NextEra— What Part Of “NO”?

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Ouch! Back on April 13, the Texas Public Utility Commission rejected NextEra Energy Inc.’s proposed $18.4 billion acquisition of Oncor. Though not unexpected, the PUC unanimously voted down the deal saying it was not in the best interest of consumers who want the best electricity rates. The chief concern being NextEra dispensing with ring fencing […]

Texas Electricity Ratings Review Explanation of the Week: 8/15/2016

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Here at Texas Electricity Ratings, we are starting a new regular column that will look at a review that someone has submitted and examine it. The idea is to help consumers understand how the Texas electricity market works. This week’s review comes from “Susan,” in north Texas: I moved into my first apartment on July 11th, […]

Texas Electricity Ratings Updates Summer Rankings

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Bounce Energy, Centerpoint, Champion Energy, Consumer Advocacy, Deregulated Electricity, ONCOR, PUC/ERCOT, TER News, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

Texas Electricity Ratings has updated their Texas electricity provider rankings heading into the hottest portion of the Texas summer shopping season. The goal is to ensure that shoppers have the most up to date information at their disposal while shopping for electricity providers. In preparation for the final stretch of the summer season, Texas Electricity […]

PUC Cuts Back Centerpoint Rate Increases

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Back on this past March 21, Centerpoint filed an application with the PUC to increase its TDU rates for its Houston customers, as well as those in surrounding communities. CenterPoint said it invested $689,351,015 in its transmission system between 2010 and 2015 and needed $60,596,164 to make up revenue. The utility has indeed made substantial […]

Texas Electricity Consumer Questions—TDU Charges

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Occasionally, folks ask some good questions when they’re shopping for electricity. Our Texas Electricity Consumer Questions Series tries to clear up the confusion and answers those questions so you can be a better informed consumer. From J. in Sharyland— “Are there any REPs that don’t have high TDU charges?” We understand your frustration, J., but […]

Texas Deregulated Electricity Primer

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I saw this nice little article in the Texas Monthly today as a primer of things customers should know about deregulated electricity in Texas. It’s a great premise,  and the three things they listed are certainly things Texas customers need to understand, but I’d definitely expound on a few things that Texas electricity customers should be […]

Demand Response Programs and 2015

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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 […]

AEP Gets Approval To Sell Texas Electricity as AEP Retail Energy

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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 […]

Examining a Few Texas Electricity Ratings Customer Reviews

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, Deregulated Electricity, First Choice Power, ONCOR, PUC/ERCOT, StarTex Power, Stream Energy, Tara Energy, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity

I get tons of customer reviews through Texas Electricity Ratings, and one of the most consistent issues I see are negative reviews based on misconceptions, or in some cases, a lack of understanding of how the deregulated electricity market works. Since a big part of what I do is to try and help educate people […]

Money Saving Program for Houston Electricity and Dallas Electricity Customers

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The always informative Energy Choice Matters had an interesting article about a possible program for consumers in the Centerpoint and Oncor footprints to save money. Simple Energy (not to be mistaken with the recently purchased Simple Power), is a company that is trying to offer potential rewards for customers to save energy. The only catch […]