Demand Response Programs and 2015

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, Direct Energy, ONCOR, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Direct Energy Purchases Bounce Energy

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Bounce Energy, Direct Energy, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

This morning Direct Energy has announced their purchase of Texas retail electricity provider Bounce Energy. Bounce Energy, who has consistently been at the top of the Texas Electricity Ratings rankings (currently #1), has easily been the most innovative electricity provider in the country in terms of their online technology/capabilities and their success in reaching out Read More

Risings Costs – Your Electricity Company Has Little Choice In the Matter

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

It was a known fact that electricity rates would take a substantial hike after Donna Nelson and the PUC approved an increase in the market cap last summer. And I’ve been steadily watching those rates rise since then. And this summer in particular I’ve seen more angry reviews than usual from customers complaining about the Read More

Donna Nelson On Residential Customer Demand Response

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

I’ve been fairly critical of the PUC in recent posts, but recently Donna Nelson did speak out on something that I do actually agree with…or at the very least, it seems fair. As the generation capacity of Texas continues to shrink, and as the PUC’s efforts to lure new generation to date have failed, 

Texas Electricity Ratings: Rankings Update 2/19/13

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Amigo Energy, Bounce Energy, Champion Energy, Consumer Advocacy, Deregulated Electricity, Gexa Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Texas Power, TXU Energy

We’re well into the new year, and it is time for a new update of our rankings here at Texas Electricity Ratings. We’ve had rate changes now that companies are preparing to move back into summer rates, and there’s also been another round of customer reviews that I’ve entered into my system. So with that Read More

PUC Looking to Revise Financial Requirements for REPs

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Amigo Energy, Consumer Advocacy, First Choice Power, PUC/ERCOT, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

This news is a bit old, but it is worth a quick mention. Per Paul Ring, at Energy Choice Matters, the PUC is looking to reexamine and likely revise the financial qualifications it takes for REPs to be certified to sell electricity in the state of Texas. This is a direct result of the PUC Read More