Electricity Rates

You Have the Power to Choose Texas Energy Rates

In 2002, Texas Senate Bill 7 went into action, giving Texans in most areas of the state the power to choose their electric retailer. Retail electric providers now compete with one another, creating a dynamic energy marketplace. Most areas of the state participate in this electricity deregulation, with about 85 percent of consumers having the ability to choose electric rates from energy companies in Texas, but the natural gas industry remains regulated.

How do you shop for energy companies in Texas?

If you're new to the state or haven't shopped for electric rates in a while, you’ll want to compare a few things before you make a decision. Check out the types of supply rates you can find when comparing energy plans below:

Supply Rate Type



Fixed-rate supply plans offer price protection and have a set rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) throughout a contract period.


Variable-rate supply plans do not have a long-term contract and the price per kWh varies each month.


Indexed-rate supply plans are similar to variable-rate plans, except an indexed plan is tied to the price of a public commodity.


Prepaid supply plans do not require a credit check and allows consumers to pay for energy in advanced.


Green, or renewable, supply plans allow consumers to offset up to 100 percent of their household or business’ carbon emissions from the building's electricity consumption.


When comparing Texas energy rates, make sure you look at plans in your specific area to ensure an accurate comparison. Retailers’ offers are based on location, meaning rates in Laredo will most likely differ from rates in Dallas.

What is the best electricity company in Texas?

Most electric retailers in Texas offer many supply plans that you might find attractive. Read about the retailers available in your area below:

Can you choose your Texas electricity provider?

While most of the state has the power to choose, about 15 percent of Texans reside in areas without energy choice. Some places have cooperatives or city-owned utilities. These entities decide whether consumers pay the rates they set or residents can choose plans from retailers.

Which Texas energy company supplies your power?

The Texas electricity market offers choice, but transmission and delivery of electricity still falls under the responsibility of your utility. No matter who you select as your retailer, your utility will continue to deliver electricity and maintain the power lines in your neighborhood. During power loss, report interruption of service to your utility, not your retailer, as soon as possible.

Texas Utilities

Outage Hotline

AEP (Central and North)


CenterPoint Energy









Select a city below to learn more about Texas energy companies near you:

BedfordCarrolltonCleburneCopperas Cove
Corpus ChristiCypressDallasDel Rio
Flower MoundFort WorthFriscoGarland
GeorgetownGrand PrairieGrapevineHarker Heights
LancasterLaredoLeague CityLewisville
MidlandMissionMissouri CityNacogdoches
PlanoRichardsonRosenbergRound Rock
San AngeloShermanSpringSugar Land
TempleTexas CityThe WoodlandsTyler
VictoriaWacoWeslacoWichita Falls

Updated: 9-20-16.


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