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Near the beginning of the 1800s, people began moving into the area known as Spring. In the mid-1800s, Spring became somewhat of an agriculture center, thanks to the various land grants inhabitants could purchase. These farmers were able to grow sugar cane, cotton and vegetables. As the railway started to expand, the town became a home base for many of the workers. As a result, new businesses like lumber companies began to establish themselves.
By 1910 the population of Spring had reached 300 and the town had grown to include two cotton gins, two steam saw and grist mills, several schools, three churches, and extensive track yard and a state bank. In 1980, the community created the Old Town Spring Association to help preserve the core of the original town, which tourists can visit today.
Energy Deregulation in Spring
There are many cities in Texas that are (energy) deregulated and Spring is one of them. Energy deregulation refers to the fact that electricity consumers have the option to choose their electricity company/provider — also known as a REP (Retail Electricity Provider).
Overall, energy deregulation helps to introduce competition into the market. Instead of having utilities handle all steps and processes involved in getting electricity into homes and businesses, REPs can offer supply services. REPs need to offer these services at reasonable rates so that they can retain and attract customers. The reason for this is because if a customer is unhappy with their supply services, they always have the ability to switch to a new REP.
One of the major benefits to energy deregulation is that it can bring both residential and business consumers savings that they might not see elsewhere.
Spring Electricity Providers
Within Texas there are many different REPs that provide services to energy consumers. Before signing up with any REP, it is a good idea to learn more about the types of products, services and rates those REPs offer. It is also important to confirm that the REP provides service within the area.
The following is a list of REPs that offer supply services in Spring, Texas:
- Direct Energy
- Bounce Energy
- Veteran Energy
- Infinite Energy
- Amigo Energy
- Just Energy
- Pennywise Power
- Gexa Energy
- Payless Power
- Volt EP
- Discount Power
- 4Change Energy
- Power Express
- Our Energy
- Infuse Energy
- StarTex Power
- Green Mountain Energy
- First Choice Power
- YEP Energy
- Breeze Energy
- Pioneer Energy
- Think Energy
- Champion Energy Services
- Beyond Power
- Verde Energy Texas
- Cirro Energy
- Texans Energy
Currently, around 80-85% of Texas is deregulated including population centers like Houston and Dallas. The remaining 15-20% is still regulated, which means that consumers in these areas do not have the option to choose their REP. In these cases, energy utilities will handle all elements of the energy process including, delivery, transmission, maintenance, supply and customer service.
Spring’s Energy Industry
While some residents within Spring’s community work in the energy industry, it is not a major one for the area.
Other Major Industries in Spring
Despite the fact that energy is not a major industry for Spring, there are several others that help to keep the community employed. Some of these industries include,
Tourism: Old Town Spring is a major attraction for many tourists in and around Texas. The area has been preserved and maintained to keep the history of the town alive for future generations. Old Town Spring runs many events for tourists to attend including, Ladies Expo and Fashion, Market Days, and the Texas Crawfish Festival.
Education: Within the Spring Independent School District, there are many schools, especially primary and secondary. Some of the schools in the area include, Lewis Eugene Smith, George E. Anderson, Pearl M. Hirsch, McNabb, Northgate Crossing, Mildred I, Jenkins Salyers, John A. Kinship and Chet Burchett.
Quick Spring Stats
For many Spring isn’t so much a city as it is a census designated space. This means that it is defined by the United States Census Bureau as a heavily populated area. That being said, the area has some important demographics that are worth considering.
Total Population (2010): 54,298
Land Area: 61.12 kilometers square
Total Number of Households: 18,050
Number of Families: 14,068
Median Household Income (2010): $56,662
Median Age: 32.6
Cost of Living: 88 (out of 100)
Spring Quick Facts
- In the 1930’s the local bank was robbed many times. It is said that Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for at least one of these robberies.
- The Goodyear airship America was based here just off Interstate 45 in a large hanger. While there, motorists would pull off to watch takeoffs and landings.
- A convention called, Log Cabin Republican’s was held in Spring in the early 1990s.
Spring’s Major Utilities
While customers have the ability to choose their REP, utilities still take care of the maintenance, delivery and transmission of electricity.
One of the major utilities that provide these services in Spring is:
Oncor – 1-432-264-5701