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 […]

When To Buy Electricity in Texas – 2011/2012 Edition

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Fixed Rates, Reliant Energy, StarTex Power, TER News, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News, Trends, TXU Energy

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Comparison of Regulated and De-Regulated Rates.

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Green/Renewable Energy, TER News, Texas Electricity News, Trends

There has always been a lot of controversy over whether or not the Texas deregulation of the electricity market was a good idea, or a bad idea. Chief amongst the biggest complaints, and often used as evidence against deregulation, is how the prices in the Texas marketplace rose after deregulation in the first part of […]

Market Rates: Green Energy Plans 9/22

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Centerpoint, Dynowatt, Fixed Rates, Gexa Energy, Green/Renewable Energy, Indexed Rate, ONCOR, Reliant Energy, Simple Power, Southwest Power & Light, Spark Energy, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, Trends, Variable Rates

Today’s entry into this weeks shopping guide is for the best deals on green energy plans. Green energy are the plans that are composed of 100% environmentally friendly energy sources, such as solar or wind power. The rates are usually a bit more expensive than electricity created through traditional means, however that doesn’t mean that […]

Market Rates: Month to Month Plans 9/

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in APNA, Bounce Energy, Centerpoint, Dynowatt, Frontier Utilities, Indexed Rate, ONCOR, Reliant Energy, Simple Power, Trends, Variable Rates

It’s Monday, so that means another shopping guide entry for Month to Month electricity plans. As always, we’ve taken a look at the updated prices for the week in the Texas electricity market. Like last week and the week before, the rates are dirt cheap thanks to the cost of natural gas, as well as […]

Guide to Navigating Summer Texas Electricity Prices

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Fixed Rates, Indexed Rate, TER News, Texas Electricity News, Trends, Variable Rates

As we enter May, everyone in Texas is starting to feel the heat beginning to ratchet up to its typical Lone Star Sweltering. We’re not all that far away from the kind of heat and humidity that send visitors fleeing back to their home states as quickly as possible. For Texans shopping for electricity, this […]