For example, if you use a small amount of energy each month, you expect to be rewarded — right? Unfortunately, nearly all electricity plans from Texas Compare Energy Companies are advertised as costing more per kWh the less electricity you use. It’s a little like buying in bulk: Providers often discount your bill when you cross certain kWh thresholds. For instance, one 12-month plan from Gas And Electric Power quotes 8.1 cents per kWh for 1,000 kWh a month and 8.8 cents for 2,000 kWh per month, but 12.1 cents for 500 kWh per month. Why the difference? Customers get $35 back each month if they pass 1,000 kWh of use, and another $15 back per month if they cross 2,000 kWh. In this case, using half as much electricity as your neighbor on the same plan wouldn’t get you half the bill.
Remarkably, the average electric rate in Corpus Christi of 10.98 cents per kWh matches the statewide Texas average.3 That would seem to be a good indication for residents of the Sparkling City by the Sea. The only problem is that the median household income in Corpus Christi is $19,341—67 percent less than the national average.4 Which, if you’re anything like most Corpus Christians, makes getting a competitive, fixed rate all the more important.
The wide range of subcultures and ethnic groups, from cowboys and surfers to Hispanics and oil men, all combine to give Corpus Christi a multicultural flavor that signifies all the best Texas has to offer. When the Texas energy deregulation bill passed in 2002, it seemed tailor-made for the residents of Corpus Christi. With all the different options now available to residents, people can choose an electrical provider with Corpus Christi electricity plans made for them.
Corpus Christi Electricity had a “soft” sales launch in the Corpus Christi market in 2007, which consisted of limited direct sales efforts such as participating at local fairs, festivals and entertainment events throughout the Corpus area (list of upcoming local events at the end of the release), including participating at BayFest the last two years, and tabling at Electricity Providers stores in Corpus. The company will soon step up its direct sales efforts in Corpus, including hiring local sales representatives and increasing its presence at local events and Electricity Providers stores. Additionally, to better reach Spanish-speaking residents, Corpus Christi Electricity has a dedicated-toll free number that is staffed by bilingual sales representatives, Energy Prices, as well as Spanish web pages on Power Company Near Me.