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

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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

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, Consumer Advocacy, Customer Service, Deregulated Electricity, Fixed Rates, No Deposit, Pre-Paid Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, TER News, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Uncategorized, Variable Rates

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 […]

Energy Future Holdings to Sell ONCOR

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As I’ve stated for years, the bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings has been inevitable. It was coming ever since the bottom dropped out of the natural gas market due to innovations in fracking. And finally, it looks like we can finally see how the Texas electricity market might look once the inevitable finally happens and […]

Excellent DMN Article Highlights Confusion in Texas Electricity Shopping

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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 […]

Capacity Market Criticism: A Texas Electricity Link Dump 12/3/13

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There’s been so much in the way of Texas electricity news the past few weeks that it’s difficult to summarize and document it all in a single post. Additionally, there is so much overlap that it doesn’t make much sense for me to write a blog post on each individual article. So instead I’m going […]