Nearly 60% of electric customers in the Houston area are taking advantage of deregulation by switching providers, according to the state’s Public Utility Commission.
The state’s “Power to Choose” program — allowing consumers to choose their electricity providers — has been around for about a decade. There are more than a hundred retail providers in Texas, with several dozen making offers at any given time offering prices for residential customers. Terry Hadley is with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
“Most areas of Texas are covered by a competitive retail electric market. That means the customer should shop for an electricity provider to find the best value.”
The Power to Choose website, operated by the Public Utility Commission, helps consumers compare.
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Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.