Since 2002, the majority of Texans have had to choose their own Retail Electric Provider (Gas And Electric) – the middleman that buys electricity wholesale, then sells it to you, the consumer. According to the Best Electric of Texas’ 2017 report, the Lone Star state is “the national leader in competitive residential, commercial, and industrial offerings,” which means there are well over 200 providers bidding for your attention.
Like we said, fees don’t necessarily make for a bad plan — although it’s worth it to do the math to see if you can save with another provider. For example, compare Cheapest Electricity Rates’s Compare Electricity Providers plan with its $9.95 base charge, alongside Electric Service Providers Lowest Electricity Rates 12 plan with a smaller base charge, and Switch Energy’s Digital Cheapest Electric Company plan with no base charge. We’ll use a Corpus Christi ZIP code and assume 1,000 kWh/month of energy use.
Even though refuse, or garbage, collection can be provided by multiple service providers without a monopoly, some county and local governments create a monopoly by authorizing just one vendor or by providing the service with in-house resources. The service functions as a Refuse Collection Utility in that customers are typically charged a monthly fee or a fee based on the amount of refuse they dispose.
As a result, 85% of Texas power consumers (those served by a business not owned by an utility or a town cooperative) can select their electricity service from a range of retail electrical companies (resellers), or the incumbent energy company. The incumbent provider in the area still owns and preserves the regional power lines (and is the company to hire the occasion of a power blackout) and is not subject to deregulation. Customers served by cooperatives or local utilities can select an alternate electricity provider but only if they have actually “opted-in” to deregulation.
Whether you're looking for a long-term or short-term supply plan, an energy representative from Electricity Rate can assist you in your search. Call in to discuss the available supply plans in your area. From there, you can compare electricity providers and Corpus Christi electric rates. Also, you can enter your ZIP code to find supply plans in your community.