El Paso Regulated Electricity Isn’t Fantastic

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Texas Electricity News, Trends

I always seem to get a lot of people who question the Texas deregulated electricity market and categorically dismiss it as inferior to regulated utilities. There is no shortage of people who say the entire system is graft, or some form of organized price gouging to take advantage of consumers. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve Read More

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 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 write Read More

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 Read More

A Dissection of Deregulated Texas Electricity & Regulated Austin Electricity

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in TER News, Texas Electricity News

I ran across a very interesting article that discusses some of the changes that are taking place with Austin Energy, which services one of the last major regulated cities in Texas (along with San Antonio). The article itself is a good read, but there’s also a lot of information that shines some light on a Read More

Texas Electricity Grid Changes: Tres Amigos Redux

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This summer, which blessedly seems past us, has been extremely brutal for Texas Electricity. One thing for sure that this summer has exposed was as some limitations, of the Texas electricity grid. Overall, I’m of the opinion that our grid held up pretty well, all things considered. But there is no denying the fact that Read More

Loren Steffy of the Houston Chronicle Wrongly Bashes Deregulated Electricity

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in TER News, Texas Electricity News

I ran across an article on the Houston Chronicle’s Fuel Fix Blog this morning. Normally, this is a great blog with lots of interesting articles that I read on a very regular basis. Today’s entry, however, by Loren Steffy, is one of the more backwards and lazy efforts I’ve seen on the Texas deregulated electricity Read More

Texas Electricity: Market Rates

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Centerpoint, Fixed Rates, Green/Renewable Energy, ONCOR, Variable Rates

It’s been a long time since I posted a blog update with the list of different electricity rates throughout the 5 different regions of Texas. To be perfectly honest, making that post became too cumbersome, and I was trying to find some easier ways to do that regularly with some technological solutions. Well, that hasn’t Read More

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, Read More

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; Read More

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 Read More