The Best Electricity Companies in Texas
We've vetted, scored, and ranked the best electricity suppliers in Texas! Texas Electricity Ratings finds the best providers and rates and lets you compare them all in one place.
Who are the best electricity providers in Texas?
These great electricity companies in Texas won a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award in our semi-annual rankings of Texas electricity providers.
Gold Tier Award Winning Electricity Companies
Silver Tier Award Winning Electricity Companies
Bronze Tier Award Winning Electricity Companies
More Electricity Providers in Texas
What is a Texas Electricity Company?
There are actually three different kinds of electricity companies in Texas that work together to supply electricity to your home. Generally, you'll be interacting with a "Retail Electricity Provider" (REP for short), which provides retail electric plans to consumers and handles the billing and customer service aspects of your service. Behind the scenes, the TDSPs and generators will get the power routed to your home safely and reliably.
Texas Electricity Generators
Electricity Generators build and maintain the power plants that feed power into the Texas electricity grid, which is then sold to Retail Electricity Providers.
Transmission/Distribution Service Providers (TDSP)
The TDSP maintains the meters, wires, poles, and underground cables that bring the electricity from the generators to your home. The TDSPs are also responsible for reading your meter and providing that information to your Retail Electricity Provider (REP).
Retail Electricity Providers (REP)
Retail Electricity Providers provide customer service, billing, and payment functions to you, the consumer. They create different brands, plans, and products to meet your unique lifestyle needs as a customer. They purchase electricity on the wholesale market from the generators and make sure you are properly billed for the amount of electricity you use.
ERCOT - Electricity Reliability Council of Texas
The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (commonly known as ERCOT) is the governmental entity responsible for managing the Texas electricity grid. They forecast electricity needs across Texas and coordinate with the generators to make sure there is steady, sufficient power to keep everyone's lights on. ERCOT is also responsible for enforcement of the consumer protection laws put in place when Texas deregulated it's electricity market.
We have not vetted and do not sell plans for these light companies in Texas. However, they may still serve customers in the Texas area and are included for historical and educational purposes.
How to Compare Texas Retail Electricity Providers (REPs)?
Each REP in Texas tries to offer something different and unique to their customers. They might have Rewards programs for loyal customers. They could offer special products for your home that improve your energy efficiency. Or they might just try to get you a low rate with no frills! (Hey, who doesn't like a good deal!). To compare these plans and products, think about what kinds of things are important to you - then we can help you find the right company and product for your situation.
Common Texas Electricity Plans and Prices
Most Texas light companies offer the most popular kind of plan - a fixed rate 12 month plan. The 'fixed rate' means that the amount the REP charges you for each kilowatt-hour you use will be quite stable from month to month. The '12 month plan' means that they guarantee you that rate for 12 months, and in exchange, you promise to buy electricity from them for the next 12 months.
There are other types of plans as well, such as 'bill credit' plans which apply a credit on your bill when you meet certain usage levels, and 'free energy' plans where there is no energy charge for power you use at certain times of the day.
How Texas Electricity Rates Light Companies
We use our decades of combined experience in the Texas electricity market to evaluate Texas electric companies on a variety of factors. We review customer service, plan selection, deposit policies, customer service quality, customer reivews, and other indicators to determine how a given electric provider stacks up against the competition.
After we compile the data, we boil it down to a few key areas, and give each area a score between 1 and 5, with 5 being best. Then we collate the scores and award a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking for those providers.