Texas Deregulated Electricity Primer

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I saw this nice little article in the Texas Monthly today as a primer of things customers should know about deregulated electricity in Texas. It’s a great premise,  and the three things they listed are certainly things Texas customers need to understand, but I’d definitely expound on a few things that Texas electricity customers should be […]

Champion Energy Wins Customer Satisfaction Award for 2015

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After falling to Green Mountain Energy last year in the annual J.D. Power & Associates award for customer satisfaction, Champion Energy has regained the top spot in the coveted customer survey. Congratulations Champion Energy Services! This marks Champion Energy’s 5th finish

Energy Future Holdings to Sell ONCOR

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As I’ve stated for years, the bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings has been inevitable. It was coming ever since the bottom dropped out of the natural gas market due to innovations in fracking. And finally, it looks like we can finally see how the Texas electricity market might look once the inevitable finally happens and […]

Demand Response Programs and 2015

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Now that the new year has been rung in, and everyone is getting back to their regular daily lives, it is time to focus back in on Texas electricity in 2015. I previously wrote about Critical Peak (or Demand Response) programs last July. Now that we’ve rung in 2015, lets take a quick look at […]

Excellent DMN Article Highlights Confusion in Texas Electricity Shopping

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

In a recent article in the Dallas Morning News, Mitchell Schnurman does an outstanding job of highlighting several of the existing challenges with navigating the Texas electricity market. As someone who has operated a website for electricity in Texas for five years that prioritizes consumer advocacy, I’ve long been beating the drum that the best way […]

Green Mountain Energy Wins 2014 J.D. Power & Associates Award!

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Green Mountain Energy has nabbed the top score in the J.D. Power & Associates annual customer satisfaction survey for Texas electricity! Congratulations Green Mountain! This is the first time in 4 years a company has beat out Champion Energy Services for the top spot in the survey. Additionally, the survey also shows that customer satisfaction […]

Reliant’s New Unlimited Electricity Plan: A Closer Look

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Recently Reliant Energy announced a new electricity plan for Texans, the Reliant Predictable 12 Plan. As the Houston Chronicle outlined, the plan calls for customers to sign a one-year electricity contract at a flat, monthly rate, regardless of electricity usage. This kind of plan is normal in other industries, specifically cell phone service providers, but […]

PUC to Vote on Important “Small Fish” Texas Electricity Exemption Rule

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ERCOT is set to vote on an amendment to a rule that is commonly known as the “Small Fish Swim Free” market exemption. As much as that might not sound like a big deal, this vote actually should have huge ramifications for the entire industry of electricity in Texas, from the generators all the way […]