PUC Hammers Texas Electricity Company

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

The PUC (Public Utilities Commission) receives a lot of heat from Texans, oftentimes undeserved. One of the many responsibilities of the PUC is to act on behalf of Texans when it comes to making sure they aren’t being exploited by electricity companies. Now, when electric rates go up because people don’t read their terms of […]

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 […]

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 3

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Bounce Energy, Centerpoint, Champion Energy, Cirro, Direct Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Reliant Energy, StarTex Power, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, TXU Energy

If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of my examination of AEP’s application to sell deregulated electricity in Texas you are acquainted with both the basics of the situation, as well as just how much confusion exists by consumers in the Texas marketplace. In this section, I’m going to pick back up on market […]

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 2

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, ONCOR, Provider Spotlight, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

So if you’ve read part one of my look into AEP’s application to sell retail electricity, you have an understanding of the rules that separate TDUs and REPs, as well as AEP’s place in the Texas electricity market. Now it is time to highlight why what AEP is doing is problematic for consumers. Lets jump […]

Texas Electricity, AEP Texas and the Rules of Deregulation – Part 1

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Centerpoint, Direct Energy, ONCOR, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

In a series of articles, I want to take a look at American Electric Power’s (AEP) court hearing regarding their application to become a Retail Electricity Provider (REP), similar to Reliant, TXU, Gexa, or Bounce. The interesting thing about their application is that AEP is currently a Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) for 2 regions […]

Texas Electricity, ERCOT, and Future Power Generation

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Energy Choice Matters, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends

Paul Ring over at Energy Choice Matters has been on fire lately with a number of interesting and thoughtful articles. In the latest one, Paul analyzes some comments Calpine COO Thad Hill in regards to the issues that Texas is having in attracting new investments in energy generation. Calpine is a fortune 500 company with […]

Some Facts about Pennywise Power & Reliant Energy: Part 2

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Amigo Energy, Reliant Energy, Southwest Power & Light, Tara Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, Texpo, YEP-Energy

In Part One of my article discussing the relationship between Pennywise Power and Reliant Energy, I took a look at how the two separate brands are actually tied together as one company. I also identified why their relationship is different than other REPs in the Texas electricity that have the same energy conglomerates as a […]

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 […]