Houston, Texas is one of the greenest cities in the United States.
The city sits at number four in the country for the city with the most Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. There’s a total of 186! At a city level, Houston is also the lead buyer of green power all the while encouraging the development of residential gardens and farmers, in addition to local vendors.
With such a strong commitment to keeping the city green, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many electricity providers offering services in Houston also offer green energy plans.
What is Green Electricity?
Many electricity providers offer electricity plans where the electricity is generated from fossil fuels like oil, coal or natural gas. These types of fuels tend to impact the environment in different ways as they release carbon emissions. Alternatively, there are also many electricity providers that offer green electricity plans and options to their consumers.
In general, green electric plans use renewable energy sources to generate the electricity that the customer uses. Examples of renewable resources include:
Who is Eligible for Green Electricity Plans in Houston?
Green electricity plans are available to both residents and commercial consumers. Before applying for any services, it is important to compare plans on our site (or give us a call) to determine the best plan that suits your needs. In some cases, one provider will only offer green electricity plans to residential consumers, while another might only offer those kinds of plans to small businesses.
There are many electricity providers in Houston that offer customers green electricity plan options. In many cases, the consumer simply needs to ask what their options are. The one important thing to note is that green electricity providers are restricted to areas that are deregulated. Houston, for example, is deregulated — but not Austin.
Green Mountain Energy
Green Mountain Energy is the leading renewable electricity service provider in Texas. They provide electricity supply services to both homes and businesses in many areas throughout Texas — Houston included.
Established in 1997, Green Mountain Energy has helped to shape the landscape of green electricity in Texas and for other areas of the United States. These areas primarily focus on residential services and include:
- New York
- New Jersey
Green Mountain Energy Offerings in Houston
This electricity provider has many different plans available to residents in Houston. Some of the plans (using zip code 77001) include:
Pollution Free – The electricity in this plan is generated from 100% wind power. This plan is flexible from month to month, with no cancellation fees.
SolarSPARC 10% 12 – This plan has 10% of its electricity generated from solar and 90% generated from wind. The contract length is 12 months and a cancellation fee of $150.
Pollution Free WaterSaver24 – In this plan, the consumer receives electricity generated 100% by wind power, with a cancellation fee of $200. The plan length is 24 months. With this plan, the consumer also receives a free smart sprinkler controller to help reduce water consumption.
Other Green Mountain Energy electricity plans available in Houston (based on zip code 77001) include:
- Pollution Free e-Plus 12
- Pollution Free 6
- Pollution Free e-Plus 12 with Goal Zero Speaker
- Pollution Free All Nighter 12
- Pollution Free Efficient with Nest
- SolarSparc 10%
- Pollution Free with Goal Zero Flashlight
All plans are 100% from green electricity, the majority generated from wind, with some having a combination of solar and wind. Many of these plans also include free products like a smart thermostat or smart sprinkler controller.
Green Electricity Plans in Houston, Texas
This is not a complete list of all the green electricity plans available through electricity providers in Houston. It is, however, designed to highlight the many different green plan options available to consumers within the city.
This electricity provider has many green electricity plans available for customers. Some of these plans (using zip code: 77001) include Secure Green:
All Veteran Energy terms listed above are currently 100% energy renewable. This means that all of the electricity that the consumers receive through this plan is generated from renewable resources. These plans are also fixed price, which means that the rate will not change or fluctuate over time. When it comes to early termination fees, many of these plans do have an additional fee should the customer want to switch services prior to the contract end date. The termination fees are based on the green electricity plan. For example, Secure Green 12-month charges a flat termination fee of $150.00.
TriEagle Energy is an electricity provider that offers electricity supply related services to consumers in the Houston area. They have a few green electricity plans (using zip code 77001) including Green Eagle,
The electricity provided in these plans is 100% renewable, and currently range from 8.7 – 8.8 cents per kWh. Early termination fees for these plans include $20 for each month left in the contract. It is important to note that the rates above are subject to change and are only current as of publish date.
Frontier Utilities is another company that provides Houston electricity consumers with green electricity. These plans include a monthly fee and termination fee, but offer 100% renewable electricity (based off zip code 77053).
The name of this plan isSimply Green 6.
This list certainly isn’t exclusive, though, and remember, the rates/plans listed here are only current as of publish date. Make sure to enter your zip code above to get current rates and plans.
Environmental Impacts of Green Electricity
The biggest benefit of subscribing to a green plan is that cleaner energy is consumed. This means that little to no green house gasses or carbon emissions enter our air. Additionally, since green electricity is generated from renewable resources, this source of energy will not disappear once consumed like a fossil fuel.
Overall, investigating greener electricity options is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment today and for future generations.