House Bill 1006 and Senate Bill 948, currently pending in the Texas Legislature, would require all competitive electricity providers to offer a standard one-year, fixed-rate package, easing the confusion often associated with hidden fees and charges felt by many Texas consumers in the deregulated electricity market.

Shopping for electricity in Texas can often be a confusing experience. Are there connection fees? Late fees? Transaction fees? What is my rate? Is it variable? How easily can I switch providers? Do I really know what I’m paying for each month?