PowerToChoose.org: What they aren't telling Texans

When electricity deregulated in Texas just after the turn of the century, Texans were given the power to choose their own Texas electricity provider. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) implemented the PowerToChoose website to help customers try and shop for electricity. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to determining a great electricity provider than just pricing...

The problem with powertochoose.org is that any electricity provider in the state can put their information there regardless of their reputation, customer service complaints, PUCT violations or BBB rating. There is NO CONTROL over which companies can list their products!

There are quite a few questionable electricity suppliers whose only source of customers is the Power To Choose website. They woo you with an impossibly low rate, all the while knowing that they will jack your bill up with unfair fees and hidden charges to try to boost their profits! And if you try to talk to them, they skimp on customer service hoping you'll just hang up and pay your bill to keep the lights on.

This is bad for everyone - except for the shady, disreputable companies who rely on PowerToChoose to help them pitch their 'bait and switch' scam to unsuspecting consumers just like you.




Why is Texas Electricity Ratings better than PowerToChoose?

We strive to bring transparency to the electricity marketplace. We want you to pick a plan that works for you! To do this, we offer several exclusive tools to help you!


What kind of rate I can get on Texas Electricity Ratings?

We've made it easy to get a really great rate - just check out the list below, pick the term you want, and click the orange button to switch your electricity provider! We will help you through the quick and easy process and you'll be finished in just a few minutes!



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Plan Name
Company
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Rating
Length
Price
Texans 24
24 months
10.9¢ / kWh
at 1000 kWh per bill
Price per kWh:
10.9 cents @ 1,000 kwh
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Term Length:
24 months
Plan Type:
Fixed
Early Termination Fee:
$200.00
Monthly Recurring Charge:
$0.00
100% Renewable:
No
Plan Name:
Texans 24
Provider:
Texans Energy
More Info:
  • Flat, uncomplicated plan
  • No Bill Surprises for 2 Years
  • Info
    Entrust 6
    6 months
    9.3¢ / kWh
    at 1000 kWh per bill
    Price per kWh:
    9.3 cents @ 1,000 kwh
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    Term Length:
    6 months
    Plan Type:
    Fixed
    Early Termination Fee:
    $150.00
    Monthly Recurring Charge:
    $4.95
    100% Renewable:
    No
    Plan Name:
    Entrust 6
    Provider:
    Entrust Energy
    PUCT#:
    10197
    More Info:
  • Straightforward Billing
  • Great rates for any sized home
  • Info
    Power of Texas 6
    6 months
    9.3¢ / kWh
    at 1000 kWh per bill
    Price per kWh:
    9.3 cents @ 1,000 kwh
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    Term Length:
    6 months
    Plan Type:
    Fixed
    Early Termination Fee:
    $150.00
    Monthly Recurring Charge:
    $4.95
    100% Renewable:
    No
    Plan Name:
    Power of Texas 6
    Provider:
    Power of Texas
    More Info:
    • Fixed rate for summer
    • No Gimmicks Pricing
    • Great for any sized home
    Info
    9 Month Usage Bill Credit
    9 months
    7.6¢ / kWh
    at 1000 kWh per bill
    Price per kWh:
    7.6 cents @ 1,000 kwh
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    Term Length:
    9 months
    Plan Type:
    Fixed
    Early Termination Fee:
    $50.00
    Monthly Recurring Charge:
    $0.00
    100% Renewable:
    No
    Plan Name:
    9 Month Usage Bill Credit
    Provider:
    Constellation
    PUCT#:
    10014
    More Info:
  • Low Rate for 9 Months
  • Good price regardless of usage
  • 5 Star Provider
  • Info

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    All Texas Plans

    Hey, if you like choice, we have you covered. With around a hundred plans availble in almost all areas of Texas, you won't find a bigger list to choose from. To get started, just put in your zip code:



    Real power to choose: Texas Electricity Ratings

    Texas Electricity Ratings ranks companies based on multiple independent data sources, including: customer reviews, kilowatt-per-hour rates, Public Utility Commission of Texas complaint statistics, JD Power & Associates ratings and company standings with the Better Business Bureau. We also take into account individual plan types, standard features offered by each electricity provider, customer reward and incentive programs, customer service wait times and more.

    To make sure you get a great utility provider AND a great rate, we've reviewed hundreds of electricity plans and combined them with our ratings, so you can quickly compare both price and quality at the same time in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth metro areas. Not in the big cities? No problem, we have rates for many other Texas cities as well!


    When customers rate, everyone wins!

    Texas Electricity Ratings recognizes that customers may use our site to justifiably complain about poor service and bad experiences with individual electricity providers. However, our goal is not to be a complaint forum, but rather a community that takes many different aspects of a company into account in order to provide a balanced and fair overview to help benefit consumers.


    Texas Electricity Ratings provides you and other shoppers the opportunity to take an active hand in their deregulated market by writing a review of your deregulated utility supplier.


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