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 […]

Texas Electricity Ratings Update: New Rankings Released

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Direct Energy, Dynowatt, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy, Variable Rates

Good afternoon, everyone. I just wanted to post a quick update that I’ve revised the Texas Electricity Ratings ranking of providers this week. The new rankings and numbers are posted, although there wasn’t much change in the actual order of providers. Bounce Energy remained in the top spot, boosted by their great freshman performance in […]

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, […]

2011 JD Power & Associates Poll Released: Champion Energy #1 Again

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Direct Energy, Dynowatt, Fixed Rates, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, TER News, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy, Variable Rates

The JD Power & Associates group has released their most recent survey of the deregulated electricity providers operating in Texas. In their own words: The study, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction with retail electric utility providers in Texas by examining four key factors (listed in order of importance): price; billing and payment; […]

Texas Electricity Crisis: Explaining the Market Dangers

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Ambit Energy, Cirro, First Choice Power, Reliant Energy, Stream Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

Everyone has seen the ERCOT notices to conserve electricity recently. They seem like there have been daily alerts and calls to action for people to regulate their electricity intake for the sake of conservation. I’m sure a lot of people dismiss this stuff out of hand, but the concern is valid. And I’m going to […]

Texas Electricity: Minimum Usage Charges

Posted on 33 CommentsPosted in Ambit Energy, Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Centerpoint, Champion Energy, Cirro, Direct Energy, Dynowatt, First Choice Power, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Kinetic Energy, Mega Energy, MX Energy, Reliant Energy, Southwest Power & Light, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, Stream Energy, Tara Energy, Texas Power, TXU Energy

Earlier this week, I got an email from a Texas Electricity Ratings reader, suggesting I write an article about Minimum Usage charges. We’ve discussed Minimum Usage charges in the past here, but to clear things up, in short, they’re additional charges that are tacked onto a person’s bill if they use less than a certain […]

Recharge Texas’s Analysis of Complaints is a Complete Farce and Embarrassment

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Direct Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Reliant Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

So I recently saw an article that a group called Recharge Texas released through Business Wire discussing some truly wrongheaded ideas. Recharge Texas claims to be the state’s “premier website for energy consumers.” I wonder if just maybe that title was something they gave to themselves. Without further ado, let’s jump right in and examine […]

Texas Electricity Provider Spotlight: TXU Energy

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Centerpoint, Provider Spotlight, TER News, TXU Energy

I’ve been intending to do a Provider Spotlight section for Texas electricity for awhile, but this weekend I saw something that inspired me to start writing. My intention for these provider spotlight segments is to break down individual electricity providers in more detail so people can learn about the individual companies offering them electricity service […]

Market Rates: Houston Electricity 3/1

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Amigo Energy, APNA, Bounce Energy, Fixed Rates, Frontier Utilities, Green/Renewable Energy, Indexed Rate, Kinetic Energy, Mega Energy, Reliant Energy, Southwest Power & Light, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TXU Energy, Variable Rates, YEP-Energy

Good afternoon, everyone. This afternoon’s Texas electricity shopping guide entry covers the Centerpoint region, or Houston electricity rates. Electric rates in Houston are still in the cheaper side of the marketplace, although not as cheap as Dallas. The rates below are a list of the most common terms of electricity plans from some of the […]