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Texas Power to Choose

Updated: 04/23/2021

Since Texas deregulated its electricity market in 2002, millions of Texans have benefitted from Texas Energy Choice, also referred to as the power to choose your electricity provider. By eliminating the monopoly that local utilities once had over the supply of electricity, Texans with power to choose can compare the best electricity rates and plans and choose the best one for their home.

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ProviderPlan NameLengthRate Per kWh
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Frontier Utilities
PUCT #10169
Best Value 12
12 Mo.5.8¢Select
Pulse Power
PUCT#10259
Texas Saver
12 Mo.6.5¢Select
Pulse Power
PUCT#10259
Texas Saver
24 Mo.6.6¢Select
Pulse Power
PUCT#10259
Texas Saver
36 Mo.6.8¢Select
Spark Energy
PUCT #10046
Spark Green Secure 24
24 Mo.9.8¢Select
PlanRate Per kWh
At 1000kWh avg. usage
Frontier Utilities
Best Value 12

12 Months
5.8¢
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Pulse Power
Texas Saver

12 Months
6.5¢
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Pulse Power
Texas Saver

24 Months
6.6¢
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Pulse Power
Texas Saver

36 Months
6.8¢
Select
Spark Energy
Spark Green Secure 24

24 Months
9.8¢
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Official Power to Choose Website

PowertoChoose.org is the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT)’s official electricity comparison website. Here you’ll find hundreds of electricity providers with varying rates and types of electricity plans to choose from. Providers found on PowertoChoose.org also have varying levels of credibility and it can be difficult to figure out which providers are reputable and which ones will surprise you with hidden fees and gimmicks.

Power To Choose Alternatives

ElectricityRates.com alleviates the confusion that customers may experience while using the official Power to Choose site when comparing electricity rates in Texas. You’ll find only great rates from leading and reputable providers in the ElectricityRates.com Marketplace so that you can be confident in your choice and avoid hidden fees and gimmicks found on some other electricity shopping sites.

Does My Texas Utility have Power to Choose?

Most, but not all, Texans have the power to choose. Whether you have it or not depends on your local utility provider. There are four main utilities that participate in the Texas Energy Choice program.

  • AEP Texas – Serves wide areas of central and southern Texas, including cities like Abeline and Corpus Christi.
  • CenterPoint – Delivers electricity to the greater Houston area.
  • Oncor – Serves Dallas and Fort Worth, along with many other areas of northern and eastern Texas.
  • Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) – Smaller utility provider that serves areas sporadically throughout the state, including the northeast, west and southern areas.

All four of these utility providers are subject to oversight from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and work with ERCOT to maintain grid reliability across the state.

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How To Take Advantage Of Power to Choose

If you’re considering an electricity plan in Texas, here are a few of the main things to keep in mind. You can learn about everything discussed below and more on our Texas electricity guide.

  • Your Home’s Average Electricity Usage Per Month – In Texas, an electricity plan’s effective electricity rate can change depending on how much electricity you use each month. Know your usage and take note of the different factors that affect your effective electricity rate.
  • The Types Of Electricity Plans You Can Get – You can find plans with fixed rates, variable rates, time-of-day pricing and more. ElectricityRates.com features fixed-rate plans almost exclusively because they tend to save you the most.
  • Your Electricity Provider – Texas electricity providers specialize in different types of plans and services. For instance, some providers specialize in renewable energy plans that source electricity from renewable sources. ElectricityRates.com features many affordable renewable energy plans in Texas.

Power to Choose Electricity Providers

There are over 100 electricity companies featured on PowertoChoose.org from small local companies to larger national brands. Sometimes sorting through all of your options can be overwhelming, especially when less reputable providers participate in deceptive marketing practices to try to get you to sign up with them.

On ElectricityRates.com, you’ll only find carefully vetted providers so you can be more confident when comparing rates. We’ve also rated the best Texas electricity providers as a helpful resource while shopping for the best electricity plan.

Power to Choose in Texas Cities

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Power to Choose FAQ's

What is Power to Choose?

Power to Choose is the official website run by the Public Utility Commission of Texas that lets Texans compare electricity options and sign up for an electricity plan. Power to Choose services customers living in deregulated energy areas.

How does Power to Choose work?

In Texas, the term “power to choose” is often used synonymously with Energy Choice. Energy Choice is the means by which customers have the ability to choose their own energy supplier and sign up for electricity rates that are favorable to their needs. In most areas of the country, customers aren’t required to choose their provider but in Texas several utility companies require their customers to sign up for their own plan.

Which Texas utility companies offer power to choose?

The following Texas utility companies offer their customers the power to choose their electricity provider: Oncor, CenterPoint, Texas New Mexico Power (TXNMP), Texas AEP Central and Texas AEP North.