Texas Electricity and Capacity Markets: A Primer

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The agenda by the power generators who create Texas electricity for a Capacity Market is being pushed harder and harder these days, and it looks like things might be coming to a head. This article by Tony Bennett, who is the President of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, is one of the most basic and […]

Direct Energy Purchases Bounce Energy

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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 […]

Risings Costs – Your Electricity Company Has Little Choice In the Matter

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It was a known fact that electricity rates would take a substantial hike after Donna Nelson and the PUC approved an increase in the market cap last summer. And I’ve been steadily watching those rates rise since then. And this summer in particular I’ve seen more angry reviews than usual from customers complaining about the […]

Texas Electricity Ratings: Rankings Update: 6/17/2013

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Direct Energy, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

Now that Summer is in full swing, with higher electricity rates hitting the market and several months of new customer reviews in the system, it is once again time to update the Texas Electricity Ratings company rankings and see how providers stack up. Unsurprisingly many established providers lost points this time around with the higher market […]

Power To Choose To Become More Consumer Oriented?

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Recently it was announced that Power To Choose will be launching a new website on May 6th, with the hope that the new site will be “more focused on the shopping experience.”  Also, notable is that shoppers will now be able to rate retail electricity providers. Hmm. That sounds familiar. I think there’s another Texas […]

UPDATED: For the PUC Complaint Scorecard, the PUC Continues to Score an “F”

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The PUC Complaint Scorecard, one of the primary resources for consumers to research Texas electricity providers, is once again out of date. Sadly, this isn’t much of a surprise, since the consumer advocacy purview of the PUC seems to have taken a backseat to…well…anything but updating their complaint scorecard. As of today (4/29/13), the Complaint Scorecard […]

Donna Nelson On Residential Customer Demand Response

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

I’ve been fairly critical of the PUC in recent posts, but recently Donna Nelson did speak out on something that I do actually agree with…or at the very least, it seems fair. As the generation capacity of Texas continues to shrink, and as the PUC’s efforts to lure new generation to date have failed, 

Is There an Texas Electricity Market Bubble?

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I’ve written before about my concerns about how Texas electricity companies are selling electricity plans at a loss, and I’ve written before about my thoughts on electricity companies potentially going out of business during summer months. Now, I’d like to take a look at something based on both of those concerns combining to cause