Some Facts about Pennywise Power & Reliant Energy: Part 1

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, First Choice Power, Reliant Energy, Southwest Power & Light, Tara Energy, Texas Electricity News, Texpo, YEP-Energy

Last month I published an article which attempted to illustrate the deregulated Texas electricity market. The point was to connect many of the REPs with their parent companies to give consumers a clearer picture of who all the players were in the Texas market. Building off of that post, I’d like to take a closer Read More

Energy Choice Matters Interviews NRG Executive

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News

I’ve linked dozens of articles over the years from the always excellent Paul Ring, over at Energy Choice Matters. Earlier this week, he published another great article where he spoke with several executives at NRG Energy, the company that owns Reliant Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Pennywise Power, and Energy Plus. What was most interesting about Read More

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

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

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 Read More

Deregulated Electricity Expansion: Sharyland Utilities

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Texas Electricity News

In what looks to be the first major regulated area opening up since the initial deregulation in 2002(that I can remember, there may have been others), Sharyland Utilities is set to transition to a deregulated electricity market. Starting in January 2014, Sharyland Utilities and their 44,000 residential and commercial customers in 28 different counties of Read More