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Old 07-19-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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Which Electric company do you use?

I'm making the move to Houston next month and need to choose an electric company soon. Who do you use? I've never heard of any of the companies I see that are available down there.
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Old 07-19-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
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I use direct, at the time they were the cheapest but dunno who is now.. just stay away from reliant and you'll be fine =)
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I use direct, at the time they were the cheapest but dunno who is now.. just stay away from reliant and you'll be fine =)
Why is that?

I've been working at Reliant for the past 4 years... we've been mandated by the PUC to charge the PTB (Price to Beat) rate until January 1, 2006. That is the highest rate that can be charged, TXU had to do the same in the DFW area. Since the beginning of the year we've offered some very competitive pricing plans and are no longer the most expensive REP (retail electric provider) if you select one of our new pricing programs (Simple Secure is my personal #1 choice). Just so you know, pretty much every single month since deregulation (Jan 1, 2002) Reliant has had the FEWEST number of PUC complaints of any REP (per 100,000 customers)... which you can easily relate back to our outstanding customer service.

So, while some people might be deterred by the fact that Reliant USED to be the most expensive option... I challenge you to do your own research and find out with REP best suits your needs. Another company may simply offer a plan that benefits you more, and if so, then I completely understand.

Remember no matter who you select as your REP, your lines/meters will still be serviced by Centerpoint, the local TDSP (Transmission Distribution Service Provider).

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was watching the news a bit back, houston has some of the highest energy cost among cities in TX, S.A. and austin were nearly 1/2 the $. that being said, we have reliant. of course we'd like the bill to be lower, but service has been fine.
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I have TXU and i hate it.... they charged me a freaking deposit just to transfer my service, wtf? I'm about to change it to stream energy
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Go to www.powertochoose.org and compare prices.

I've used Gexa and TXU and I was happy enough with both but I like TXU better because you can pay online without using paypal (WTF Gexa?).


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I don't know about the new marketing schemes (scams) that Reliant is doing, but according to the comparison on www.powertochoose.org, the only company more expensive than Reliant is Green Mountain and at least you know that your power is environmentally friendly when they are raping you on the bill.
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I don't know about the new marketing schemes (scams) that Reliant is doing, but according to the comparison on www.powertochoose.org, the only company more expensive than Reliant is Green Mountain and at least you know that your power is environmentally friendly when they are raping you on the bill.
Show me a little respect partner...

In an industry like this you can't pay for a higher quality product since it's all the same, but you can pay for a higher quality customer experience (which is why Reliant has such outstanding customer service and issue prevention). With the market structure Reliant will always have price slightly higher than other companies in the Houston area.

With that being said, in the DFW area TXU is in the exact same ballpark while Reliant is considerably cheaper there... The reason for this is that Reliant is the AREP (Affiliated Retail Electric Provider) for the Houston area and TXU is the AREP for the DFW area.

Like mentioned, I recommend that if you are shopping you go and check out Power to Choose, it's a good helpful site.

PS... the reason that SA and Austin are so cheap is because they are regulated (meaning one utility provides service and there is no other choice), most of us live in a deregulated market which means there is open competition.

If anyone has any questions/comments PM me... I'll be more than happy to help out if I can! :icon_bigg
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This is intresting... I learned a lot today... Thank you Steve O Chap.
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Its all the same just pick one. Deregulation has not had the effect that everyone thought it would have. Like X said, San Antonio and Austin have cheaper rates per kilowatt/hour, and they are still regulated.
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