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 Read More

Champion Energy Wins 3rd Straight JD Power & Associates Award

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Late last week it was announced that Champion Energy won the 2012 JD Power & Associates survey for customer satisfaction. This marks the third consecutive ear that Champion Energy has won the award, which is an outstanding achievement and really demonstrates their commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Champion Energy is the first electricity provider Read More

Are Voluntary Mitigation Plans a License To Steal?

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There’s been lots of controversy over the PUC’s acceptance and adoption of NRG’s Voluntary Mitigation Plans (VMP). And it is all justified. The Houston Chronicle’s chief Business and Energy columnist, Loren Steffy, wrote an article on recently blasting this move as against the interest of consumers and where one energy expert he quoted called the Read More

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 4

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Centerpoint, Deregulated Electricity, ONCOR, PUC/ERCOT, Reliant Energy, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

What does AEP Stand to Gain and Who is Opposed? It is easy to understand why AEP is so determined to sell Texas electricity under the AEP brand name. As we have already examined in part 2 and part 3 of my series on this topic, their brand awareness is off the charts. They would Read More

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 3

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Bounce Energy, Centerpoint, Champion Energy, Cirro, Direct Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Reliant Energy, StarTex Power, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of my examination of AEP’s application to sell deregulated electricity in Texas you are acquainted with both the basics of the situation, as well as just how much confusion exists by consumers in the Texas marketplace. In this section, I’m going to pick back up on market Read More

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 Read More

Some Facts about Pennywise Power & Reliant Energy: Part 2

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In Part One of my article discussing the relationship between Pennywise Power and Reliant Energy, I took a look at how the two separate brands are actually tied together as one company. I also identified why their relationship is different than other REPs in the Texas electricity that have the same energy conglomerates as a Read More

Some Facts about Pennywise Power & Reliant Energy: Part 1

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, First Choice Power, Reliant Energy, Southwest Power & Light, Tara Energy, Texas Electricity News, Texpo, YEP-Energy

Last month I published an article which attempted to illustrate the deregulated Texas electricity market. The point was to connect many of the REPs with their parent companies to give consumers a clearer picture of who all the players were in the Texas market. Building off of that post, I’d like to take a closer Read More

Energy Choice Matters Interviews NRG Executive

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I’ve linked dozens of articles over the years from the always excellent Paul Ring, over at Energy Choice Matters. Earlier this week, he published another great article where he spoke with several executives at NRG Energy, the company that owns Reliant Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Pennywise Power, and Energy Plus. What was most interesting about Read More