Regardless of the provider you choose they all must pass thru the exact same fees from Oncor. This is a matter of legality. The Pole company can show no partiality to any provider in retail competition in Texas but must pass through the rate as approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. This TDSP charge will always be the same regardless of the provider as there can be no partiality given based on provider.
Reading from the PUC website you can read for yourself similar language as I have described.
“Transmission and Distribution Utilities (TDUs) must offer access to their wires to all REPs on a non-discriminatory basis under standard terms and conditions adopted by the Commission.”
“These areas are open to full retail competition as of January 1, 2002, and these TDUs charge the below rates to REPs.”
To see the rates in the Oncor area of Texas click here
The reason this topic has been brought up on this blog is due to the large amount of sales people out there that use the TDSP part of the bill to confuse customers about their rate in order to get them to switch providers.
You may hear from a retail electric provider sales person that their company does not charge the TDSP charge or that it is much lower than another provider.
Statements like the one above are lies and deceptions geared to getting you to believe a given rate from a new provider is cheaper than the one you have.
There are cheaper providers out there so shopping around is a good thing. When the cheaper rate being discussed is only cheaper because they argue regarding the TDSP part of the rate then take notice because you are about to be had.
Where this deception is most often encountered is through door to door sales people, responding to a newspaper ad in a thrift paper by calling number on ad, or via MLM sales people that may be regurgitating information they themselves do not fully understand.
However you heard about a cheaper rate by getting a lower TDSP charge this is very false information and by no means believe it. These people are either lieing or they have been led to believe something false and are now sending you down their gullible road.
In summary this article was written to help those navigate down a typical issue encountered when choosing an electric rate. If you have further questions please call or use our compare widget.