How are Texas energy providers responding to the winter storms?

February 16, 2021   By Save On Energy Team

How are Texas energy providers responding to the winter storms?

(Last updated: March 4, 10:00 a.m.)

Winter storms and extremely cold temperatures left more than 4 million Texas households without power on Monday night. The winter weather hit the Lone Star State the morning of February 15 and has caused temperatures to drop well below freezing levels throughout the region.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) initiated emergency proceedings on Monday and entered its highest emergency operations level the same day. As the winter weather hit and temperatures dropped, energy demand surpassed the supply levels.

As the winter weather continues, several energy providers have restricted enrollments for new customers and limited consumers’ ability to switch to new electric companies.

Here’s how providers are reacting to the storms.

4Change Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Cirro

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Chariot Energy

  • Enrollments paused until further notice.

Constellation

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Direct Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal

Discount Power

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Express Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

First Choice Power

  • Accepting enrollments as normal

Frontier Utilities

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Gexa Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Green Mountain Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Iberdrola Texas

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Just Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Payless Power

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Pulse Power

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

Reliant

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

TriEagle Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

TXU Energy

  • Accepting enrollments as normal.

NRG Energy, Inc. will donate $10 million in relief funds to Texans in need after the winter storm. NRG brands include Green Mountain Energy, Reliant Energy, Cirro Energy, and Discount Power.

Just Energy Group Inc. announced it would not raise energy rates for its customers under variable-rate plans. In a statement, Just Energy said, “If you have a residential fixed-rate plan, you can rest assured that your energy rate is locked in for the duration of your contracted term. Variable-rate (month-to-month) residential customers will also not see a rate increase on their February bill. However, your total energy cost for the month of February may be impacted by higher usage due to the Weather Event.”

Check out our Winter Storm Survival Guide.