Houston Energy Providers

There are many Houston energy providers that sell residential electric service. Since Houston Texas is a deregulated city you can pick and choose among over 40 different energy suppliers in an attempt to find the cheapest rate. Your Houston energy is still delievered through the same pole and wires company which is Centerpoint Energy regardless of the energy company you choose. Be sure to watch out for a few common practices some residential electric companies have been known to do to make their electricity rate look a little better then it really is. Pay attention to monthly base charges. If the rate looks very cheap then make sure on whether they also have a monthly base charge. Estimate what you use on an average monthly basis in energy and divide the monthly base charge by that amount. Add the average to the rate and that will let you know if the advertised Houston electric rate still looks good.

Another practice Houston energy providers will sometimes do is leave off the TDSP charges from the residential electric rate and instead just show the “energy only” price. The TDSP charges are primarily demand charges and a smaller portion of that are costs associated with the meter, pole, and wires. Most residential electricity companies in Houston will show an all in rate that includes all charges and fees. When you call or read about a Houston electric rate try and get to the bottom of what all the rate has in it and what isn’t included.

Below are some Houston energy providers that are brave enough to advertise their residential electric rate on the government website “power to choose” for the public and government to scrutinize. National Power and Riverway Power had some electricity rates on the power to choose website a year ago and several thousand customers signed up on their rates. These providers attempted to raise their customers prices on a rate that was advertised as a fixed electric rate and the PUCT immediately took their companies off of their site once they realized the rate was not as advertised. Since this incident many companies and consumers have been a little more careful when choosing a Houston electric provider off of this site but we assume there is a little more research that goes into approvingĀ  Houston electric providers on this site to keep this type of situation from happening again.

List of Houston Electric Providers Confident Enough with Their Advertised Rate to Be Put on Power to Choose

Retail Electric Provider
ACCENT ENERGY TEXAS, L.P.
AMBIT ENERGY, LP
APNA HOLDINGS, LLC
BOUNCE ENERGY INC
BRILLIANT ENERGY, LLC
CHAIN LAKES POWER, L.P.
CHAMPION ENERGY SERVICES, LLC.
CIRRO GROUP, INC.
DIRECT ENERGY, LP
FIRST CHOICE POWER SPECIAL PURPOSE, L.P.
GATEWAY ENERGY SERVICES CORPORATION
GEXA ENERGY, LP
GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY COMPANY
JUST ENERGY TEXAS, LP
KINETIC ENERGY, LLC
LIBERTY POWER TEXAS LLC
MEGA ENERGY, LP
MXENERGY ELECTRIC, INC.
NUECES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE RETAIL DIVISION
RELIANT ENERGY RETAIL SERVICES, LLC
SPARK ENERGY HOLDINGS, LLC
STAR ELECTRICITY LLC
STREAM SPE, LTD
TEXAS POWER, L.P.
TXU ENERGY RETAIL COMPANY LLC
VEGA RESOURCES, LLC
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May 5, 2009
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