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A guide to choosing a retail electricity provider (REP)
In 2002, most of Texas’s energy market was deregulated, giving many of the state’s residents and businesses the freedom to choose their retail electric provider (REP). With so many options now on the market, it can take some effort to choose an electricity provider that works for you.
Choose Texas Power can help you simplify this process to find electric plans tailored to your needs. Follow these steps to find an electricity provider, choose a plan, and set up electricity service in Texas:
- Understand your energy usage. Before you begin shopping for a provider, it’s essential to understand how much energy you typically use. Review your past energy bills to find out your average electricity consumption. Be sure to consider factors like the size of your home, the number of occupants, and any energy-efficient appliances you have installed.
- Research providers. Because there are many electricity provider options in Texas, it’s important to do your research to find the one that fits your needs. To begin, enter your ZIP code, and we’ll show you a list of the available Texas electricity providers in your area. You can filter your options by home size, contract length, type of rate, and more. If you have questions, our energy experts are standing by to help.
- Sign up. Once you’ve found a provider and plan that meet your needs, you can easily choose your electricity provider and sign up online or by calling the number on your screen.
Deregulation in Texas allows for any company to participate in competition with other providers in the energy market. However, some providers have better track records than others. At Choose Texas Power, we vet and partner with REPs who offer quality features, affordable pricing, and truly reliable service. With the help of our marketplace, you can confidently exercise your power to choose in Texas.
Some names you may find in our list of trusted providers are TXU Energy, Reliant Energy, Gexa Energy, Frontier Utilities, and Direct Energy. For a complete list of the Texas electricity providers we work with, click here.
FAQs about choosing a provider
How soon will my power be turned on?
You can schedule a start date when you sign up for a plan. Some energy companies allow you to schedule your plan activation up to 90 days in advance. Others offer same-day service. If you’re interested in same-day service, give us a call.
What do I do if my power goes out?
Usually, switching electricity providers or plans doesn’t interrupt your power supply. However, if you experience an outage, you’ll need to call your utility company, which you can find here.
What happens when my plan ends?
REPs in Texas are required to give customers at least a 30-day notice before their current electricity plan ends. After that, you can sign up for a different plan with the same provider, switch providers entirely, or reenroll in your current plan.
I don’t like my provider. What do I do?
If you are dissatisfied with your current provider, you can switch to an REP that better fits your needs. However, be sure to check if your current plan includes an ETF before switching electricity providers. If you have further questions, check out our guide to switching energy companies for more information.