What's the difference between my utility and my supplier?
Texas utility companies
- Also known as Transmission and Delivery Service Providers (TDSPs) or Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs), your area’s utility company is responsible for:
- Delivering and maintaining your home/business’s power
- Responding to and restoring power outages
- Monitoring and reading electricity meters
- Maintaining area street lights and power lines
- TDU or TDSP fees can be found on your plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) and on your electricity bill – these charges are determined by your local utility and are independent of your supplier rate.
Texas energy suppliers
- Often referred to as retail energy providers (REPs), these companies buy wholesale energy and sell it to electricity customers in deregulated energy areas across Texas. If you live in a deregulated area, you must purchase an energy plan from a retail energy provider.
- When you shop for an electricity plan on the SaveOnEnergy.com marketplace, suppliers compete for your business by offering low electricity rates and customer incentives, such as rewards programs, green energy sourcing or discounted home services. (If you’re not sure which provider to choose, use this list to compare your options or call the number at the top of the page to speak to one of our SaveOnEnergy.com experts today.)
A few things to remember:
Don’t forget to read your plan’s Electricity Facts Label before signing up! It contains important information including:
- Price per kilowatt-hour based on usage
- % renewable energy sourcing
- Early termination fees
Enjoy hassle-free supplier setup. Once your order has been confirmed, your new supplier will set up service with your local utility directly. But don’t worry, you shouldn’t experience any interruption to your power during the switch.
Understanding your electricity bill. Your utility will still deliver and maintain your home electricity and all related equipment including meters, power lines, etc. Utility fees can be found as TDU or TDSP charges on your monthly bill – they are independent of your supplier rate.
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