Breeze Energy, a Retail Electric Provider (REP) in Texas, is quitting the electricity business in Texas. Breeze Energy customers will be transferred to a different electricity supplier called the Provider of Last Resort (POLR). The problem for consumers is that the electricity prices charged by the POLR are variable high rates, and they can be extremely volatile.
What if I am a Breeze Energy Customer?
If you are a Breeze Energy customer, and you do nothing, you WILL be transferred to the POLR, and you WILL pay a very high rate that can spike even higher if the weather gets hot. In order to protect yourself, you should immediately sign up with a different supplier and select a fixed-rate plan. All Breeze Energy customers are eligible to switch to any other electricity provider of their choice, and we have electricity plans available for all Breeze Energy customers.
We recommend that you switch to a strong, highly-rated electricity provider. With the hot summer approaching, and wholesale electricity prices through the roof, you need to be with a solid, well-financed company that is in business for the long haul.
Which electricity supplier should I switch to?
We have many great plans available from established, stable, well-financed providers.
Why do we need to have a Provider of Last Resort (POLR)?
The Electricity Reliability Commission of Texas (ERCOT) has designated Providers of Last Resort (POLR) as a back-up electric service provider in each area of Texas open to competition. POLR service is relatively high-priced, due to the costs associated with planning and the risk of serving an uncertain number of customers with uncertain electricity loads. POLR service is a safety net for customers whose chosen REP is unable to continue service. This service is intended to be temporary and used only under rare circumstances when a REP is unable to provide service, or when a customer requests POLR service.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) designates certificated REPs to provide POLR service for each customer class in each electric utility service area that is open to competition.
What about a deposit?
Your POLR provider may require a deposit to be provided after 15 days of service if you have not selected another plan with your POLR provider or switched to another REP. We have no deposit and pre-paid electricity plans available in all areas previously served by Breeze Energy.
If you choose to stay on the POLR rate, you will have 60 days to switch to another electricity plan with your POLR or another provider. During this time, you may switch to a different REP free of charge if you do not want to stay with the POLR.
You can read more information about POLR policies on the Texas PUC website.
What kinds of plans are there?
Flat rate plans are electricity plans that have the same price per kWh, regardless of how much you use.
These plans tend to have higher rates at 1,000 kWh but your bill amount should directly follow your usage amount.
Bill credit plans are plans that give you credits at certain levels of usage.
You will generally pay a higher rate per kWh that will be offset when you hit an arbitrary threshold.
These generally make the rates look nice when right at 1,000 kWh.
These plans have very high monthly charges but little-to-no usage fees up to a certain point.
After you've used a certain amount of electricity you will begin being billed per kWh.
They can work out nicely if your usage is consistent and right around the sweet-spot, but if your usage is generally low you should probably stay away.