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 […]

Texas Electricity, ERCOT, and Future Power Generation

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Energy Choice Matters, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

Paul Ring over at Energy Choice Matters has been on fire lately with a number of interesting and thoughtful articles. In the latest one, Paul analyzes some comments Calpine COO Thad Hill in regards to the issues that Texas is having in attracting new investments in energy generation. Calpine is a fortune 500 company with […]

Texas Electricity Provider Map

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Ambit Energy, Amigo Energy, APNA, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Cirro, Direct Energy, Dynowatt, First Choice Power, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Just Energy, Kinetic Energy, MX Energy, Reliant Energy, Simple Power, Southwest Power & Light, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, Stream Energy, Tara Energy, Texas Electricity News, Texas Power, Texpo, Trends, TXU Energy, YEP-Energy

Last week’s purchase of First Choice Power by Direct Energy was yet another major acquisition of a Retail Electricity Provider by a major energy conglomerate. There’s been around a half a dozen of these deals in the past year, and in my opinion things have gotten a bit muddled and confusing. So I wanted to […]

Indexed Plans Explained

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Champion Energy, PUC/ERCOT, TER News, Texas Electricity News, Trends, TXU Energy, Variable Rates

Indexed Plans have always been a quiet, and rarely understood part of the Texas electricity market. They’ve been present on the market for a couple years now, but for the most part have been sitting in the background behind Fixed Rate Electricity Plans and Variable Rate Electricity Plans. Recently, however, that has changed. For starters, […]