Texas Electricity, TCAP, and a Biased “History” – Part Four

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Yes, I’m still writing blog posts about TCAP’s recent release of their “history” of deregulated electricity in Texas which they have been still pushing out heavily through PR channels the past couple weeks. I know I initially said I didn’t want to do a 10 part series on this topic, but I never said it […]

Texas Electricity, The Dallas Observer, and Yellow Journalism.

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To anyone familiar with the Dallas Observer, chances are that the title of this post might not surprise you. I saw this article bounce around the internet in several places before Christmas, and even though it is a week old I just can’t let it pass without pointing out some sensationalist tactics and poor research […]

Texas Electricity, The Texas Observer, and Yellow Journalism.

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

To anyone familiar with the Texas Observer, chances are that the title of this post might not surprise you. I saw this article bounce around the internet in several places before Christmas, and even though it is a week old I just can’t let it pass without pointing out some sensationalist tactics and poor research […]

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 4

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Centerpoint, Deregulated Electricity, ONCOR, PUC/ERCOT, Reliant Energy, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

What does AEP Stand to Gain and Who is Opposed? It is easy to understand why AEP is so determined to sell Texas electricity under the AEP brand name. As we have already examined in part 2 and part 3 of my series on this topic, their brand awareness is off the charts. They would […]

When To Buy Electricity in Texas – 2011/2012 Edition

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One of the most common questions most people ask is when to shop for Texas electricity. In fact, I’ve written about this topic before. Normally, my previous advice would apply any year, and for the most part it still does: Shop during the winter months when the rates are lowest and lock into long term […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recharge Texas’s Analysis of Complaints is a Complete Farce and Embarrassment

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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 […]