TNMP and Texas Electricty

About TNMP

The Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) company dates from the formation of the Texas-Louisiana Power Co. in 1925. But while it served thousands of customers in small towns through out the southwest as well as Louisiana and Kentucky, the hard times of the Great Depression forced the company to reorganize in 1934. Emerging as the Community Public Service Co. on January 1, 1935, it operated businesses in natural gas, ice, telephone, sewer, creameries and bottling. From the late 1940s, the company sold off its non-electric utility businesses, finally transforming all of its operations to electric utility business by the 1970s.

In 1981, Community Public Service changed its name to Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), reflecting its operations in both Texas and New Mexico. When Texas deregulated its electricity market in 2002, TNMP became a transmission and distribution service provider by shedding it generation operations in Texas. In 2006, the company transferred its New Mexico utility operations to its sister company in New Mexico.

TNMP is now a Texas-only TDSP/TDU based in Lewisville. It supports numerous charitable organizations through its annual Power Grants that go to schools, animal shelters, food banks, education programs, non-profits, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About TNMP

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News Articles About TNMP

Texas PUC May Fine TNMP

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Will PUC Fine TNMP For Violations?

A fine on TNMP as recommended to the Texas PUC could show why TDUs need to do a better job of managing the technology they rely on to bill customers.
Find out why the reasons behind the Texas PUC considering a big fine against TNMP. Learn why some customers lost out on discounts and how it could have been easily avoided.

Electric utility Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP) faces a stiff penalty for running afoul of Texas electricity rules. TNMP estimated customers’ bills too many months in a row after failing to plan appropriately for infrastructure upgrades. A Public Utility Commission staff report recommends an administrative fine for TNMP of $1,747,400. 

That’s enough to make just about any company sweat. So how did they get themselves in this mess? 

The PUC report is scathing, and it tells the public exactly why staff want to fine TNMP. Investigators found TNMP had three years notice before the technology for reading meters would be scrapped. TNMP didn’t start planning for the change until halfway through that three-year period. And when the time came to change out old meters, TNMP didn’t complete the project quickly enough. The utility estimated some customers’ usage for several months at a time. However, PUC rules only allow for estimating for up to three months at a time. Those results harmed TNMP customers.

For example, some on bill credit plans missed out on the savings they should have. The PUC report cites one example of a customer who only received her bill credit only after complaining to TNMP. It is unclear how many more customers experienced this issue and did not complain. 

Metering Tech Upgrades Behind Fine for TNMP

Both the old and new technology are meant to provide accurate, up-to-date data on customers’ usage. It is called advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). TNMP used 3G for communication with certain meters as part of its AMI system. Estimates are normal when tech upgrades happen, but the potential TNMP fine is on the table because of how poorly this swap-out went through.  PUC staff said this created “a potential economic hazard for the retail electric providers serving the customers in TNMP's service area.” 

The change in tech needed to happen because 3G would be phased out. But it did not happen in compliance with PUC rules. 

Watch Your Meter

This snafu underscores how important it is to read your electricity meter. Every few months, check your power bill against the meter on the side of your house. If they’re far off, you may need to call your utility. Most will come check your meter for free once a year, but verify this with your utility company before summoning them.  

A Plan For Your Home 

Whether you’re in the TNMP service area or that of another utility, you need an electric plan for your home. The selection of plans at will help you find just the right one to meet your home power needs. 

Lower Electric Bills for High Use

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Who Offers Lower Electric Bills for High Use in Friendswood?

Don't get gouged because your home uses a lot of electricity. Check out these plans for high usage that help lower your electric bills!
Your electricity plan shouldn't penalize you for using a lot of electricity. Choose a better plan instead. Check out these plans for high usage that help lower your electric bills!
Just because you use a large volume of electricity doesn’t mean you should pay a high price. Sure, your bill will be sizable because of how much energy you consume, but it doesn’t have to be unnecessarily costly. Get lower electric bills for high use when you shop at

Friendswood’s Lowest Electric Bill Plans 

Check out these retail electricity plans have the lowest average bills for homes using 2,000 kWh per month. They all have simple pricing structures. There are no bill credits or tiered rates for you to try to game your monthly bill. Your bill increases and decreases proportionally to the amount you consume. 
Plan Retail Electricity Provider Average Price at 2,000 kWh Average Bill at 2,000 kWh
You Got This 36 First Choice Power 8.4 cents $169
Price Protect 24 Spark Energy 9.1 cents $182
Spark Green Secure 24 Spark Energy 9.1 cents $183
Champ Silver-24 Champion 9.2 cents $184
Spark Green Secure 12 Spark Energy 9.2 cents $184

Three Years Of Cheap Electricity

The cheapest plan for high usage customers is the You Got This 36 plan from First Choice Power. Sign up for this plan, and you won’t shop for Texas electricity until April 2024. That’s a long time to not worry about whether you’re getting the best electricity deal. The average bill is $169 which is $13 per month cheaper than the nearest competing plan.  If you want to cancel your contract before it ends, the early termination fee is only $135. Three-year plans tend to have much higher early termination fees. However, the Spark Energy plans have an even lower early termination fee of $100. 

Shop Power Plans In April 

April is the perfect time to shop for Friendswood electricity. Power plan prices in the TNMP service area have dropped since winter and have yet to experience their summer increase. Locking in a fixed rate contract now will give you lower bills throughout the year.  When your contract ends, make sure you sign up for another fixed rate plan. Retailers provide customers a notice at least 30 days before their contracts expire. If you don’t pick a new plan, you’ll transition to one of the retailer’s month-to-month plans. Don’t let this happen. First, choose a 12-, 24- or 36-month plan. Second, keep the savings going when you pick another plan in a future April. 

Get Lower Electric Bills

Even though you use a large amount of electricity, you can rest easy knowing you there's plenty of plans available to help you lower electric bills. Select one of the plans shown above, or choose from dozens of others on Texas Electricity Ratings. You’re sure to find one that will satisfy your power consumption needs.