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Otis Brown and J.O. Schulz established Irving, Texas in 1903. The two men arrived in 1902 and were employed by the Chicago, Rock Island & Gulf Railway, a company that had given them the task of surveying a railway route. Together, they purchased 80 acres of land, which they sold the first lots for at the end of 1903 during a public auction.
The town saw plenty of growth in the early 1900s. In 1909 the student population had grown to approximately 190 and so the Texas legislature developed the Irving Independent School District. Residents were primarily from the farming community, with cotton, dairy, truck and poultry being the top sources of trade. Five years later, electricity services were obtained by Irving as well as a volunteer fire department and water system. During the depression, the town continued to grow, and by the mid-1940s the town had its first public library and the school system had grown to 1,500 students with 42 teachers.
Many businesses moved into Irving in the 1950s, including one of the biggest shopping centers in the area, a community hospital, and a trucking terminal. Soon the town had access to a regional airport, which continues to contribute to Irving’s economy today.
Energy Deregulation in Irving
In the early 2000s, legislature was passed in Texas that had an impact on how consumers could purchase their energy. The resulting Bill helped to open up the market to competition through something called, energy deregulation.
Energy deregulation requires utilities to break up some of the services they provide to allow companies known as electricity providers, or Retail Energy Providers (REPs) to enter the market. REPs can offer both residential and businesses customers electricity supply related services. Since many REPs can establish themselves instead of only one or two (as is the case with utilities) the competition for customers increases. REPs have no choice but to offer reasonable and fair services because consumers can elect to switch to a different REP at any time.
Irving Electricity Providers
Like many cities within the state of Texas, Irving has many established REPs that provide supply services to businesses and residents. Some of these REPs include,
- Direct Energy
- StarTex Power
- 4Change Energy
- Cirro Energy
- TriEagle Energy
- Spark Energy
- Green Mountain Energy
- Bounce Energy
- Champion Energy Services
- Energy Rewards
- Payless Power
It is important to know that while many cities within Texas are energy deregulated, there are still some that remain regulated. Researching local options is an important part of choosing the companies that provide residents and businesses with their energy related services.
Irving’s Energy Initiatives
Most of Irving’s economy does not lie in energy. That being said, the city is committed to promoting green energy initiatives to reduce their impact on the environment.
Irving’s Think Green Be Green Initative helps residents and businesses to better understand their energy options. It also provides a lot of energy related information and tips to help reduce the overall cost of electricity for consumers. Some of the information and help that the initiative provides includes,
- Urban Gardening
- Farmer’s Markets
- Green Buildings
- Reduce & Reuse
Currently, there are also three projects that Irving supports. While they are not directly related to energy, they do aim to have a positive impact on the environment. These projects include,
- Fat Oils and Grease Program
- Green Seam Project
Irving Major Industries
There are several major businesses in many different industries that have offices in Irving including,
- Chuck E. Cheese’s
- Envoy Air
- Sale Corporation
- Commercial Metals
- Caliber Home Loans
- La Quinta Inns and Suites
- Southern Star Concrete, Inc.
- LXI Enterprise Storage
- ITW Polymers Sealants North America
- Fluor Corporation
- NCH Corporation
- Michaels Stores
- Celanese Corporation
The national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America is also located in Irving.
Current top ten employers include,
- Microsoft Corp.
- Aegis Communications Group Inc.
- Verizon Communications
- Allstate Insurance Company
- Zale Corporation
- DFW International Airport
- Neiman Marcus Direct
- Health Management Systems (HMS)
- Irving Mall
Quick Irving Stats
With approximately 7,800 businesses, Irving celebrated its centennial in 2003. In addition, the city is home to an arts center, and has achieved an AAA bond rating. Other important city demographics include,
Total Population (estimate): 229,132
City Population Rank (state): 13th largest
Land Area: 67.9 square miles
Average Rainfall (per year): 32.92″
Median Family Income: $49,995
Total Number of Households: 93,765
Median Household Income: $48,042
Median Age: 30.9
Irving’s Major Utilities
While there are many REPs that provide services within Irving, there are only a few utilities. Energy consumers must still receive delivery, transmission and maintenance related charges on a bill, even when switching to a different supplier. Some of the major utilities in this city include,
TXU Energy – 1-844-820-2915
Oncor – 1-312-421-3510
During an electrical emergency, please contact your utility. REPs generally do not handle these types of situations.