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 […]

PUC Continues to Drop Ball on Consumer Advocacy?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, Direct Energy, Green/Renewable Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Trends, TXU Energy, YEP-Energy

I revieve reader questions on a regular basis about how the PUC handles their ranking system. The general thrust is “I see there is a state rankings system for Texas electricity, but it looks dated.” Or “I don’t see the electricity provider that I’m interested in listed on the PUC’s page. What gives?” I wrote an […]

Texas Electricity Ratings: Rankings Update: 10/16/2012

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Deregulated Electricity, Direct Energy, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Texas Power

Summer has passed and we’ve had several events that have influenced some of the ways we rank providers at Texas Electricity Ratings, including rate changes as well as the releasing of the latest JD Power & Associates survey of Texas electricity providers, among others. And surprisingly enough,

Texas Electricity Ratings Updates Rankings: May 8th 2012

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Direct Energy, Gexa Energy, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

Everyone, I’ve been talking about updating the rankings for the past week or so, but we’ve been very busy getting the new Texas Electricity Ratings website launched and live. However, now that we’ve completed that, it is time to focus on the site’s core responsibility: Ranking Texas Electricity Providers and helping customers shop for electricity plans. We’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]