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Solar Energy: Delivery Tariff Challenges

The five largest sources of renewable energy generation in Texas are wind power, landfill gas, hydroelectric power, biomass energy, and solar power.  Only three of these renewable energy sources, wind power, hydroelectric power, and solar power, do not involve combustion.  Interestingly, in a state known for its abundant sunshine and lack of high gradient rivers, […]

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Natural Gas Bill Components

Natural gas is one of the most popular fuels available for residential energy customers.  The most common residential uses of natural gas are for space heating, water heating, fireplaces, cooking and clothes drying.  According us the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 55% of all households use natural gas as fuel source.  Because space heating is the […]

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Direct Energy and Bounce Energy Usage Reduction Rewards

Texas consumers have come to expect low rates and high reliability when it comes to their electric service.  Except for storm-related disruptions, power is typically available when you need it, in whatever quantity you need it, and at a level price.  As a result, most electricity customers do not consciously consider their impact on the […]

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Electricity Contracts and Business Changes

When selecting a retail energy provider for your business, it is tempting to focus on the electricity rate alone.  This is a reasonable approach if your business uses electricity in a consistent manner and a predictable quantity.  However, if your business is expanding or contracting, adding or deleting locations, or anticipates these types of activities, […]

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Texas Retail Electric Provider Contract Documents

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) establishes the rules retail electric providers must follow when communicating with prospective and current customers about their product offerings.  These rules standardize the information provided to customers so that they can compare retail electric plans and make an informed decision as to which supplier and plan best suits […]

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Texas Residential Electric Deposit Rules

You see a great electricity rate from an energy supplier and start the online enrollment process.  You are almost through the process when you see that a deposit will be required to initiate electric service.  What do you do now?  Fortunately, you have several choices to explore other than paying the deposit.  First, read this […]

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Texas Electric Service Credit Requirements

In Texas, retail electric providers are responsible for all billing and collection activities.  They collect the charges associated with their energy rates as well as the Transmission and Distribution Utility delivery charges.  Texas retail electric customers typically enroll in post-pay rather than pre-pay plans.  Under these plans, the customers pay for electric service well after […]

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Green Mountain Energy Tops in Texas Service

Green Mountain Energy received the highest overall rating for Texas in the J.D. Power 2014 Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.  The survey scored retail electric providers in the areas of price, communications, enrollment/renewal experience, customer service, corporate citizenship, and billing and payment. Texas Electricity Shopping Unlike other states with retail electric choice programs, […]

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Power to Choose Rooftop Solar Systems

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are showing up on more Texas residential rooftops than ever before.  According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report issued by GSM Research/SEIA, Texas added 75 MW of PV solar generating capacity in 2013.  While the bulk of this added capacity was associated with utility-scale installations, a respectable share came from residential […]

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