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Updated October, 2019


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That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

Not using that coffee maker? Turn it off and unplug it. The same goes for your computer and your fax machine. Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work.  This is true even if you’ve completely shut...

Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

In a sign of continuing challenges for Texas electricity consumers, a number of power retailers have been accused in high-profile cases of deceptive marketing and other abuses. The complaints have led to unflattering news accounts and unwelcome regulatory scrutiny for...

Little Electric Company to Pay Big Penalty

Proton Energy, a tiny Texas retail electric company accused of being a serial rules violator, has agreed to a $400,000 penalty and a change in ownership, according to documents filed at the Texas Public Utility Commission. The PUC accused Proton in September of more...

Shopping for Power? Don’t Forget

Shopping for electricity? If you have a computer, and you live in Texas, then your first stop should be Operated by the Texas Public Utility Commission, the non-profit website provides unbiased information about retail electric companies and their...

Variable-Rate Deals: Buyers Beware

Beware variable-rate deals. The popular electricity offers may look tempting, but they can become very expensive … very quickly. What’s a variable-rate deal? In areas of Texas with electric competition, electricity is typically sold for a fixed-term or on a...

TCAP Snapshot Report: An EFH Bankruptcy?

Energy Future Holdings faces the prospect of bankruptcy — perhaps in just a few weeks. How is it that the state’s largest electric company now finds itself in such dire straits? And how would an EFH financial collapse impact you? The Texas Coalition for Affordable...

Little Electric Company Faces Potentially Big Fines

Proton Energy, the little company that couldn’t, is making headlines again. As detailed by Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News, the electric retailer that operates out of a gas station faces an additional $600,000 in fines. That’s on top of the more than $2 million...

TCAP Releases Updated History of Deregulation Report

It was with the promise of better prices and choices that state lawmakers in 1999 adopted the Texas electric deregulation law. Newly minted electric companies would compete for customers. In theory, market forces would keep a lid on bills. How has Texas fared since...

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