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Electricity Plans and Home Warranties

Electric choice markets pose challenges for energy providers seeking to build a national brand. First, not all states give customers the opportunity to choose their electricity supplier. Second, even for those states with electricity choice programs, competition is typically limited to customers in areas served by investor-owned utilities. In addition, varying regulations force electric providers […]

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Regional Electric Usage Patterns and Shopping

Electricity end uses can vary significantly between homes and businesses across the country. Climate control and water heating, however, are consistently the largest end uses among non-industrial electricity customers. To understand regional variations in electricity consumption, it is important to consider both climate and fuel source. Seasonal Electricity Usage Air conditioning in homes and businesses […]

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Champion Energy Regains Texas Service Title

Houston-based Champion Energy Services received the highest overall rating for Texas in the 2015 J.D. Power Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.  The annual survey rates retail electric providers in the areas of price, communications, enrollment/renewal experience, customer service, corporate citizenship, and billing and payment. Champion Energy Rating Champion Energy received an impressive score […]

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Texas Electricity Provider Market Share

As Texas retail electric competition enters its 14th year, the market continues to mature as evidenced by the number of market participants and the diversity of their electric plans.  Even with merger and acquisition activity, the number of retail electric providers serving Texas customers continues to grow.  Several factors have contributed to this increase including […]

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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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Texas Smart Meter Deployment

Traditional electric meters in Texas only had the ability to measure cumulative kilowatt-hours consumed.  Meter readers collected usage data approximately every 30 days.  No information was gathered about when the energy was used, only how much was used since the last meter reading. Interval Electricity Data To collect data on how much energy is used […]

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