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Electricity Deregulation in Texas

Texas Electricity RatesThe state of Texas is home to almost 26.5 million people. Its history dates back to the early 1500’s and has since been a part of most major historical events in the United States. Stretching over almost seven hundred thousand square kilometers, it’s no wonder that the state can support a wind farm the size of Michigan.

As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas!”

When it comes to the energy industry, up until around 2002, there was only one type of company responsible for generating and transporting electricity. When energy deregulation came into effect, the industry changed. It forced the market to open, creating more competition and options for energy consumers.

In Texas, there are now three different roles a company can play:

  • Generators are companies that produce electricity.
  • Transmission and distribution service providers (TDSPs) are the companies that maintain wires and the poles that deliver energy.
  • Retail Electric Providers (REPs) purchase electricity from the Generators, which they then resell to consumers and provide customer service and billing.

Remember, energy deregulation only applies to REPs. It’s not possible for residents to choose the TDSP, but they do have control over which REP they purchase energy from.

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Texas Electricity Providers

The state of Texas has an incredibly long list of REPs to choose from, well more than any other deregulated state in the country.  Some of these REPs include:

  • 4Change Energy
  • Acacia Energy
  • Accel Energy
  • Accent Energy
  • Agera Energy
  • Alliance Power Company
  • Ambit
  • Ameripower
  • Amigo Energy
  • Apollo Power
  • Assurance Energy
  • Beyond Power
  • Bounce Energy
  • Breeze Energy
  • Brightstar Power
  • Brilliant Energy
  • Champion Energy Industrial Services
  • Cirro Energy
  • Clearview Electric Inc.
  • ConEdison Solutions
  • Conservice Energy
  • Coral Power LLC
  • Direct Energy
  • Dynowatt
  • Eagle Energy
  • Everything Energy
  • Expert Energy
  • First Choice Power
  • Fulcrum Retail Energy LLC
  • Galt Power Texas LLC
  • General Power & Light
  • Gexa Energy
  • Goal Energy
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Husdon Energy Services
  • Iluminar Energy
  • Jade Energy
  • Just Energy
  • Kona Energy
  • Liberty Power Delaware
  • Mansfield Power and Gas
  • Mega Energy
  • New Energy
  • Our Energy
  • Paga Menos
  • Payless Power
  • Pennywise Power
  • Reliant
  • Rodeo Energy
  • Snap Energy
  • Source
  • Stream Energy
  • Tara Power
  • Texas Retail Energy
  • Think Energy
  • Veteran Energy LLC
  • Vital Power
  • Volterra Energy
  • Xoom Energy
  • Young Energy
  • ZIP Energy
  • Zone Energy

While over half the cities in Texas offer energy deregulation, 15% of the state’s residents fall under different laws. People who reside within city-owned utility or cooperative areas do not necessarily have the ability to choose their REP.

Texas’ Biggest Deregulated Cities

There are over 900 cities in the state of Texas, but not all of them are included under the energy deregulation laws.  Some of the larger cities that are deregulated includes:

Houston Dallas McKinney
Fort Worth Corpus Christi Waco
Plano Arlington San Angelo
Denton Galveston Tyler
Wichita Falls Katy Midland
Irving Abilene Pearland
Texas City Pasadena Odessa
Temple Garland Laredo
Mesquite Alvin Richardson
Humble Spring McAllen

Remember, even though a city might be listed here as deregulated, not all parts of a city (for example, Austin) may be deregulated.

Fast Facts About Texas’ Energy Market

While energy deregulation created a shift in how electricity reaches its consumers, there are many other interesting facts about the Texan energy market:

  • $1,801 is the average annual cost of electricity cost per household.
  • It is the largest producer of lignite coal in the United States
  • Petroleum refineries in this state have a capacity of 5.1 million barrels per day, which makes up 29% of the nations refining limit.
  • In 2014, Texas generated 39 million megawatt hours from wind-powered energy generation.

Power to Choose (Official Electric Choice Program)

Power to Choose is a program run by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. It promises to protect residents of the state from unfair energy costs and unregulated REPs, as well as develop a strong infrastructure. The program provides an easy to use, online tool that give residents of the state the opportunity to compare rates, plans and other energy options.  Keep in mind though, you really need to read the fine print if you decide to use Power to Choose.

Texas’ Top Utilities

There are several utilities that provide service for wires and poles in Texas. In some cases, they also generate energy and sell it to the REPs in the area. These utilities include:

Oncor – 1-888-313-6862
CenterPoint Energy – 1-800-259-5544
AEP Texas – 1-877-373-4858
TNMP – 1-888-866-7456
Sharyland – 1-866-354-3335

Residents and businesses in the state of Texas must remember that utilities are responsible for all energy related emergencies. REPs take care of the electricity supply, but they do not manage wires, poles, or outages.

Updated April 30, 2016.