Corpus Christi Electricity was the first retail electric provider in Texas to offer renewable energy when electricity competition began in 2001. The company has been serving Texas residential and business customers for eight years with electricity products that are cleaner than typical system power in Texas. Initially the company’s marketing and sales efforts were concentrated mostly in the Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas.
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.
For Bedford residents, the average amount of energy used each month totals to roughly 1,244 kWh, exceeding the national average by over 300 kWh. That is also the case for the monthly bill that the city’s residents pay each month, as Bedford’s average $118 charge tops the nationwide figure. This expense can be minimized based on the competitive plans residents are able to choose from when selecting their energy provider.