Texas’ Power to Choose is the official electric choice website run and owned by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. It provides consumers living in energy deregulated areas of the state with information and tools to stay on top of energy choice options within the state.
Switching to an REP
Power to Choose is one of the ways in which the state hopes to educate and help consumers learn more about their electricity options. It is also serves as one of the many resources consumers can use to find reliable and approved REPs.
One of the resources Power to Choose offers consumers is an REP Industry Scorecard. This information is kept up to date and reveals the company’s complaint score (marked out of 5 dots). If the REP has 5 dots, it indicates that it has a very low complaint score.
Power to Save
Power to Save is an excellent example of the kinds of resources Power to Choose offers consumers. This website provides several pieces of information regarding electricity in Texas including,
Savings Calculator – This online tool allows consumers to determine how much money they can save by switching to an REP, or cutting back on energy consumption. Filling in various fields such as, average kWh usage and heating and cooling temperature estimates help to calculate results.
Energy Star Saving Tips – Energy Star provides Power to Save with an interactive tool that displays areas within a home. Clicking on the different areas within the home like, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and more will reveal energy saving tips that residential consumers can adopt and implement within their own living space.
Power Partners – This aspect of Power to Save is directed at small businesses looking for ways to save on their electricity bills. Becoming a Power to Choose Texas Partner means that the small business is willing to participate in conserving energy during peak times of the year.
About the Grid – Power to Save informs consumers about current grid conditions, which are based on the season. There are different stages of alerts including, normal conditions, conservation alert, power watch, power warning and power emergency. Based on the alert, consumers can discover different ways in which they can help to keep the grid in good condition throughout the year.
Partner Utilities – Electricity
There are 5 major utilities within the state of Texas. These utilities include:
It is important to check with your local utility before attempting to switch to an REP. Most areas of Texas are energy deregulated, but there are still some areas that remain regulated.
Texas Smart Meter
All five of the above mentioned utilities participate in the Texas Smart Meter Program, which is an affiliate of Texas Power to Choose Energy.
Texas Smart Meter stores consumer electricity usage data using smart meters (also known as digital electric meters). The date is stored in 15-minute, monthly and daily intervals and is provided to consumers through what the program calls a “Green Button”. Overall, the Smart Meter allows consumers to share and have access to their usage information quickly and easily, which helps them to better understand and manage their electricity consumption.
Power to Choose is also committed to providing Power to Choose Houston with renewable power options. There are two main ways in which consumers can receive cleaner energy including,
- Purchasing 100% environmentally friendly power
- Purchasing Green Power
Many REPs also offer consumers the option to install solar panels or invest in wind turbines. Participating or purchasing these types of products, or energy generated from these products help Texas do its part to reduce its impact on the environment.
There are many additional resources that Texas Power to choose provides to consumers. Some of these resources include:
- Residential Quick Savings Tips
- Peak Tips
- Residential Long Term Savings Tips
- Business Quick Saving Tips
- Business Long Term Saving Tips
- School Program (coming soon)
- Selling Excess Renewable Power