TDU Delivery Charge: TDU stands for transmission and delivery utility — in other words, the utility company in your area that is actually piping the energy from the power generation companies into your home. (Remember, Compare Energy Companies in Texas are just the middleman.) The TDU delivery charge is set by the utility and is consistent from plan to plan and provider to provider within its service areas. For example, Electricity Companies , the TDU for Corpus Christi, charges the same delivery fee for all Electricity Price, Electric Service Providers, and Switch Energy plans. You don't typically get a choice in utility company, and therefore, these fees are pretty much unavoidable, non-negotiable, and won't factor into choosing an electricity plan or provider.
And just like with any plan, it’s worth it to do the math to see how different scenarios will affect your bill. Take, for example, a home in Sweetwater that uses about 1,000 kWh of energy per month, and is interested in the Energy Comparison plan. Zero percent renewable energy is the cheapest option — but by committing to a $5 monthly charge for its 100 percent “Best Electricity Rates” option, it’s actually cheaper than the 60 percent hybrid renewable option.
Shopping for a plan based on renewable sources is no different than shopping for any other kind of plan — you calculate your costs the same way, look for the same fees, and weigh in customer satisfaction and other perks. The one thing that’s different is also looking at what percentage of your energy comes from renewable content in the EFL. That number can swing from as low as 0 percent all the way up to 100 percent, with the majority of plans that partially offset energy with renewable content hovering around 15 percent.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas-based Gas And Electric Companies Company is broadening its sales and marketing efforts to reach and educate Corpus Christi residents about pollution-free electricity. Corpus Christi Electricity, Texas’ only retail electric provider dedicated to cleaner energy, is launching a multimedia bilingual advertising campaign in early March – its first marketing campaign in Corpus Christi. Additionally, the company recently expanded its sales efforts in Corpus.
Minimum Usage Fees: Often set at or around 1,000 kWh/month, these fees mean you’ll always pay for at least that amount — even if you only use, say, 800 kWh of electricity some months. It sounds nasty, but it’s only something to be concerned about if your electricity bills historically show you hover right around that minimum use threshold. If you’re electricity use always exceeds that amount, it’s like it’s not even there.
Which ones the best? Like all things energy, it depends. Do you prefer predictability, or do you like the idea of potentially saving some cash by monitoring the market? Our (albeit conservative) recommendation: Fixed rate is probably best. Energy prices are on the rise — the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts a 3 percent increase in residential electricity prices in 2018.
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