Texans Have the Power to Choose

More than a decade has passed since lawmakers deregulated the electricity market, giving customers like you the opportunity to purchase electricity from a retail provider. More importantly, the power to choose your energy provider means you can shop for competitive rates and lower prices.

Before deregulation, electricity customers didn't have a choice of energy supplier. Now, the electricity market is separated into two parts: supply and delivery. Retail electric companies are responsible for supplying and creating electricity plans at competitive rates, while local utilities remain responsible for power lines and making sure electricity reliably reaches homes and businesses.

Now that you have the power to choose an electricity provider, it is important to understand your energy needs and what type of plan is best for you. If you are in a temporary housing situation, a month-to-month electricity plan might suit your needs. On the other hand, if you are a homeowner you may be able to find low rates and price protection by shopping for long-term fixed-rate plans. If you have little or no credit history, some electric companies offer prepaid electricity plans that do not have contracts or cancellation fees. In the end, the best way to improve your chances of finding a low rate is to compare rates from a number of electric companies.

Deregulation: Embrace your ability to choose Texas power

The power to choose your energy provider offers a lot of benefits. One of the main features is the flexibility it offers customers during the shopping process. Everyone has different energy needs, but deregulation allows most people to find ideal plans. Here are three of the many perks to being able to choose Texas power:

  1. Find a rate that matches both your budget and lifestyle so you can save on energy costs.
  2. Compare fixed- and variable-rate plans of a variety of contract lengths for a custom energy experience.
  3. Choose Texas power plans that include renewable energy to help offset your environmental impact.

Renewable energy reduces foreign oil dependence

If you follow the news, you have likely heard about the country's concerns with pollution, climate change and dependence on foreign oil, but you may not know that Texas has the largest installed wind-power capacity in the United States. Renewable energy such as wind and solar helps reduce the environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and consumption. Many retail Texas electric companies purchase their renewable energy from local wind farms. By purchasing a renewable energy product, you are helping protect the environment and prevent climate change, as well as support American jobs and decrease the country's dependence on foreign oil. Whether you choose to offset a small percentage or all of your electricity consumption, your commitment to renewable energy can make a difference.

Choose Texas power to see if you can save

If you live in a deregulated part of Texas, taking advantage of your power to choose could result in savings on your electricity bill. To maximize your chances of finding a plan that meets your needs and results in savings, you should compare rates from a number of electric companies. During the shopping process, keep in mind that your utility will remain responsible for your energy infrastructure, so electricity will reach your home the same way it always has. To exercise your power to choose your energy, simply enter your ZIP code and view rates in your area today!

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Updated: 7-14-2015