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Energy deregulation gives you the power to choose

Take advantage of energy choice by shopping around for your electricity provider in Texas. Switching suppliers can help you save money on your monthly energy bills. About 85 percent of Texans enjoy energy deregulation. That means they live an area where they have the power to choose their electricity provider.

To start your search for cheap electricity rates in Texas, enter your ZIP code to see whether your home or business is in a deregulated energy zone.

How is Choose Energy different than Power to Choose?

The state of Texas runs a website called Power to Choose. It shows electricity plans and rates across the state. Choose Energy allows you to compare electricity rates, but our easy-to use online marketplace offers additional benefits. Enter your ZIP code above to get rates in your area.

Here are some ways we’re different from the official Power to Choose site, which many call confusing.

  • Compare and shop all in one place: With ChooseEnergy.com, you can compare plans, see actual rates in real time and make the switch all in one place. With Power to Choose, you can compare plans, but that’s about it.
  • Shop only the best plans: There could be hundreds of plans available. But how do you know whether the rate you see on the state site is just a teaser rate that will increase soon after you sign up? We don’t show you discounted teaser rates, and we review our suppliers on objective measures so you can shop smart.
  • Find rates you can’t find anywhere else: Thanks to our relationships with providers, we negotiate special rates for our customers.
  • Find the option that fits your lifestyle: Whether it’s saving money or going green, we make it easy to sort through your energy options.
  • Get the support you need: Choose Energy provides ongoing support. We notify you when your plan is about to expire so you can avoid price increases.

Choose Energy works only with reputable suppliers in Texas, including the following:

Choose Energy in Texas

An easy way to understand energy choice is to take a look at your electricity bill. You’ll see that it is made up of two main parts: distribution or delivery charges, and supply charges. The distribution of your electricity through power lines is a service is provided by your local utility. However, the supply portion of your bill, expressed in cents per kilowatt hour, is the part you can control.

Providers compete for your business by offering plans with unique features like low or fixed rates, rates based on the amount of energy you use, free perks such as a Nest smart thermostat, and even energy from renewable sources.

We offer guides to help you interpret plans, such as:

Texas energy deregulation

Texans have had the opportunity to choose their energy provider since 2002. And so far, almost 6 million have. However, there are some areas in Texas that are served by municipal electric companies or utility cooperatives, where you can’t switch suppliers.

Texas is broken up into five utility zones and most suppliers set rates based on your utility:

In Texas, utilities do not offer electric supply and you must shop around for the energy you need. This means that the market is competitive and that helps to keep costs low. To see rates available in your area, enter your ZIP code above.

How to contact the Public Utilities Commission of Texas

The Public Utility Commission of Texas authorizes licenses for electricity suppliers to ensure they have met strict requirements for doing business in Texas.

Need to contact Texas’ electricity watchdog? Here are three ways:

  1. Mail: PO Box 13326, Austin, TX 78711-3326
  2. Phone: 512-936-7000
  3. Email: customer@puc.texas.gov

Regardless of which electric company you choose, your electricity will continue to be delivered by the local utility, which is regulated by the PUCT. If you experience a power outage you should call your utility company.

Disclaimer: ChooseEnergy.com® is operated by Choose Energy Inc. and is not affiliated with Power To Choose, powertochoose.org or the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).