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Best electricity providers in Texas

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What to know when picking an electricity provider

Living in a deregulated energy market means constantly searching for the top electricity provider in Texas. With almost 100 retail electric providers (REPs) in the industry, it can be difficult to research all of the best Texas electricity providers.

That’s why Choose Energy® has partnered with 17 of the best electricity providers in Texas. With our free online marketplace, consumers can compare energy rates and plans from the top REPs in the Lone Star State. This includes providers such as TXU Energy, Reliant Energy, Direct Energy, Green Mountain Energy, and many more.

Enter your ZIP code above to compare the best Texas electricity providers in your area.

How we choose who to partner with

At Choose Energy, we only work with the most trusted and reliable electric providers in the industry. If a provider does not offer affordable rates or customer-first values, we do not feature them on our marketplace.

We look for three crucial pieces of criteria when choosing which Texas providers we will partner with:

  1. The provider must fill a product gap for our customers. We realize that our Texas customers come to our site with a wide range of energy needs. Before we agree to partner with an energy provider, we consider whether that provider offers energy rates and plans that meet the needs of our customers.
  2. The provider should actively develop innovative energy solutions. The energy industry is ever-evolving, so the electricity plans featured on our marketplace need to reflect that. We value innovation and change and strive to work with providers who share these values.
  3. The provider must have a proven track record. At Choose Energy, we prize reliability, trust, and customer satisfaction. That’s why we look for provider partners who have proven that they always put the customer first.

Our top picks

Following are the top electricity providers in Texas that we feature on the Choose Energy marketplace in alphabetical order:

4Change Energy

This provider has offered electric service in Texas for five years. 4Change Energy provides a variety of fixed-rate plans, contract lengths, and bill credit options.

Chariot Energy

Chariot Energy offers 100 percent renewable electricity plans across Texas. Based in Houston, this provider also includes a customer satisfaction guarantee in its plans.

Cirro Energy

Cirro Energy is part of the NRG family. It supplies Texans with fixed-rate and variable-rate energy plans that range in length from a single month to two years.

Constellation Energy

This provider operates across several states, including Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It has been in business for 21 years and offers several fixed-rate plans with incentives including bill credits and free usage periods.

Direct Energy

Direct Energy is another provider that belongs to the NRG family. It is based in Houston and has operated across Texas for 35 years. Its fixed-rate plans cover a variety of energy needs.

Discount Power

This provider is part of the NRG family and supplies fixed- and variable-rate options across Texas.

Express Energy

Express Energy is based in Irving and offers several fixed-rate plans that provide security from market changes. This Texas provider also has a satisfaction guarantee for new customers.

First Choice Power

First Choice Power has operated in Texas for more than 70 years. In 2011, it was acquired by Direct Energy. First Choice Power provides its customers with fixed-rate, variable-rate, and no-deposit energy options.

Frontier Utilities

Since 2008, Frontier Utilities has operated in Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This provider offers variable-rate plans, fixed-rate plans, prepaid plans, and 100 percent green energy options.

Gexa Energy

Gexa Energy was founded in 2002 and is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.This provider offers fixed-rate plans with a range of benefits, including free usage periods and green energy plans.

Green Mountain Energy

Green Mountain Energy offers only 100 percent renewable energy plans powered by green sources such as wind and solar. It has operated for 19 years and is part of the NRG brand of companies.

Just Energy

This provider is one of the largest in the country and also operates in Canada and Germany. Just Energy provides fixed-rate plans, including options sourced by renewable energy.

Payless Power

Payless Power is an energy provider that has served more than 400 Texas communities in the past 15 years. It offers fixed-rate and variable-rate energy plans, as well as a satisfaction guarantee.

Pulse Power

Founded in 2018, Pulse Power is based in The Woodlands. This provider only offers fixed-rate plans, giving consumers stability and protection from fluctuations in the energy market.

Reliant Energy

Reliant Energy is another NRG company that is headquartered in Houston. This provider supplies fixed- and variable-rate plans across Texas with long-term and month-to-month contracts.

TriEagle Energy

TriEagle Energy has offered service across Texas for 16 years. This provider is based in Irving and owned by Vistra Energy. It offers multiple fixed-rate energy plans with contracts as long as 36 months.

TXU Energy

TXU Energy was founded in 1984 and has dominated the deregulated market since 2002. It is the largest REP in Texas and provides a variety of fixed- and variable-rate energy options. It is a subsidiary of Vistra Energy and offers new customers a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.

Difference between utility and provider

In the deregulated Texas market, energy providers and utility companies perform different jobs. Before deregulation, consumers could only receive their power from the local utility company. Now, they can choose between available electricity providers in Texas. The provider’s job is to generate and sell electricity to consumers.

Utility companies, on the other hand, are in charge of transmitting electricity, maintaining electric infrastructure, and restoring power when there’s an outage. If the power goes out in your area, contact your utility, not your provider. Your utility will be determined based on where you live. You can choose your provider, but you cannot choose your utility company.

Frequently asked questions

How does Choose Energy make money?

Choose Energy does not charge customers for using the marketplace. This means you can shop and compare the top electricity providers for free. We make money by partnering with the best energy providers in Texas. These providers pay us when we refer a customer to one of their plans. And the rates you see on our marketplace are all-inclusive, so our customers know exactly what they are signing up for when they use our services.

Why does Choose Energy run a credit check?

Texas electricity providers require a credit check to determine whether they will need a deposit to begin service. Choose Energy runs a universal credit check – meaning we only need to run your credit once for you to know whether a deposit will be required for every provider and plan on our site. We run a soft credit check, which is the kind that does not impact your credit score.

How quickly can I start service?

If you are signing up for a new electricity plan and have a smart meter installed at your house, you could begin service the same day you sign up. If you are switching from another energy plan, it could take up to five days to transfer your service.

What should I do if my power goes out?

If your power goes out, you should contact your utility company. The utility is in charge of restoring electricity during an outage – not your energy provider. You can learn more about your utility company here.

How much will I be charged for electricity?

There are two factors that determine how much you will be charged for electricity each month – your electric rate and the amount of energy you use during a billing cycle. Be sure to check the rate of your electricity plan before signing up. And if you are looking for tips on reducing your energy bill, see our guide to lowering your electric costs.

Updated: 5/12/2021