Houston electricity rate plans offer flexibility to the energy consumer

In Houston Texas electricity service customers are beginning to see that choosing a variable electric rate plan and waiting for it to eventually go up is not the best choice.

The wait and see game works for awhile but eventually you can get stung as did Steve Smith who remodeled my house not but a few months ago.

We needed some drywall hung in the living room and some electrical rewiring done and me and Steve started talking. He mentioned that he used to get on a the cheapest variable electricity rate in Houston and wait and see.

If his rate started to go up to high he would simply shop around again and choose the next best offer out there at the time. He did this until one month electricity rates in Houston were sky high.

He could not find a good low priced variable electricity rate plan or fixed plan for that matter. He started to see how doing the wait and see game may work for a little while but you will eventually get burned.

He went ahead and bit the bullet and signed up for 6 months at a pretty high price for that time in Houston Texas. Fortunately after 6 months rates came back down to normal price levels.

He now is on a fixed electricity rate in Houston Texas and enjoys the price assurance a fixed rate offers and the time saved not having to continuously shop for Houston electricity companies every few months.

Steve is now out of the home remodelling business and has started a small sub sandwhich shop in the East Texas area. He used ElectricityBid to procure his commercial electricity rate and we look forward to working with him in the future when his contract comes up for renewal.

If you need to shop for commercial or residential electricity in Houston TX please use the compare tool at the top right by entering in your zip code. You can compare multiple Houston TX electricity companies and find the rate plan that makes the most sense for your situation.

In Texas You Have the Right to Choose an Electricity Company

If you are relocating from out of state or are moving to a different Texas city from places like Austin, El Paso, Garland, Plano, El Paso and a few other areas you may be happy to know that you may now choose your electric company. Texas is the most competive electricity market in the world and because of this it has helped in lowering electricity rates for residential and commercial electricity service customers.

To begin shopping for residential electricity rates and comparing electric companies just use our comparison chart at the top left of this page. You will need to enter in your zip code and a list of electricity rates and providers will appear. Pick the cheapest provider based on either a fixed or variable term.

Make note that a variable price may be lower but it is subject to go up in price after the first month. This is because you are not locking in your electricity price when choosing a variable rate.

For most people a fixed electric rate makes more sense because you will have a predictable electricity rate and you will know what the price will be each and every month.

The choice in Texas is called the Power to Choose because you have the ability compare over 20 different competitive electricity providers and find the cheapest rate.

Killeen Texas Electricity Companies

Compare Residential Electricity Rates in Killeen Texas by Using the Comparison Chart Below

For those living in or around Killeen Texas and are looking for an affordable electricity company we recommend checking out our electricity comparison chart. If you need a commercial electricity company in Killeen then please click on our contact link to feel out a short rate quote form. A commercial energy consultant for the Killeen Texas area can call or email you back with rate quotes from multiple Killeen Texas electricity providers.

Our Killeen TX residential electricity company comparison chart can be found simply by clicking on the comparison link in the menu bar above. We have all electricity rates, fees and charges disclosed so you know exactly what the electricity rate, monthly service fees, and TDSP charges you will be billed for by your electric provider will be.

If you would like to speak with a Killeen Texas energy consultant you may call us at 1-800-971-4020. One of our energy consultants can go over different questions and issues related to electricity prices. One of the most common confusions about electric rates has to do with transmission and distribution service provider charges. Commercial electric rates do not initially have the TDSP charges bundled into the electric rate. This unbundled rate is not to be deceptive as all commercial electric providers do not initially bundle the rate until they know your estimated or historical electricity usage.

Once the Killeen Texas electricity provider has your estimated usage they can quote you a total bundled rate. Most commercial electricity providers do not mark up the TDSP charges although it is not considered against PUCT regulations to mark them up so it is important to watch out for this practice.

Residential electricity rates are different in that most Killeen TX electricity providers will “fix” the TDSP charges and bundle them to the “energy only” charge giving you a total bundled rate. Due to a new PUCT and ERCOT rule all providers in deregulated Texas areas must pass through an additional smart meter or advanced meter fee. This fee is about $3 – $4 more per month on all Texas energy consumer bills regardless if their TDSP company has installed the new smart meter device yet. There may also be a monthly service fee some Killeen TX electric companies will charge that is generally about $4.95 – $9.95 that is disclosed next to the rate. Some Texas electricity providers make the monthly service fee hiddeen from view so be sure to check the “facts label” if you are unsure if there is one. Our residential electricity rates include all fees and charges and any monthly service fees are clearly listed next to the rate.

Some electric companies in Killeen will never charge a monthly service fee unless the energy customer uses under 500 kWh a month in electric usage. Since not very many customers use less than 500 kWh a month it isn’t a concern for many however if you have a small apartment and are single you might want to find a provider in Killeen that does not have a monthly service fee regardless of the amount of electricity usage used.

New Age Power Brokers and Glacial Energy not an MLM Company

New Age Power Brokers sounds a bit uhh? new age I guess 🙂 So they have a little bit of a hippie name so what lets learn more about this company. Apparently from what I can tell New Age Power Brokers primarily sells for Glacial Energy which is licensed to do business in quite a few states. Altogether it looks like they can sell natural gas and electricity service in the following states:

New York Connecticut Illinois Michigan
Texas Rhode Island Washington DC Pennsylvania
Maryland Massachusetts Delaware Coming Soon: California
New Jersey Maine New Hampshire Coming Soon: Ohio

Not an MLM Energy Company, More Like a Power Brokering Opportunity

New Age Power Brokers and Glacial Energy Brokering MCPE Prices for Commercial Businesses in Texas

New Age Power Brokers and Glacial Energy Brokering MCPE Prices for Commercial Businesses in Texas

New Age Power Brokers offers an opportunity that they say is not an MLM opp but instead 40% on the commission they receive when a sales associate of their’s brokers a commercial electricity deal for Glacial Energy through New Age Power Brokers. So basically it appears that New Age Power Brokers is building a large work from home commercial energy sales force using a straight forward business model of paying these sales associates a percentage on the commission Glacial Energy or another provider gives them. My only concern is that as a “broker” New Age Power Brokers should be going out to more electricity providers than just Glacial otherwise the term “broker” is a little misleading. We assume that New Age Power Brokers receives bids from several REP’s in the pricing process but the concern is not out of place as many brokers in Texas end up just being a shil company for one or two electric companies. We looked around on the web and found that Glacial Energy is the main brand being offered by New Age Energy Brokers and would like to know other REP’s they offer when pricing electricity rates for their customers. It is important that when using a broker a Texas business receives multiple bids to get a complete shopping experience.

After a closer examination it looks like they have a compensation plan they call a business to business referral program and according to commenter Stacy in the comment section below she explains that the New Age compensation plan is a “Direct Marketing Business Model”. “New Age is not an MLM because while they do earn a commission on sales, it is a set rate ALL the time. There are no levels. That is called a Direct Marketing business model.” The obvious thing people look at are the levels going down to 7 but what sets New Age a part from an MLM business plan is that there are no requirements for earning commissions on different levels. If your business referrals stretch down multiple levels you get paid on those without having to meet any additional requirements. The fact that it goes down to 7 levels which sounds a lot like several MLM companies I have heard about does not make it an MLM business plan but does share in the “direct marketing” aspect that both MLM and New Age’s compensation plan use. My previous question about how is this not an MLM company, am I missing something has been answered by Stacy in the comment section below? As you can see New Age does not offer an MLM compensation but a direct marketing sales compensation plan. The example chart showing a perfect world scenario of what the commissions could turn into do look a little sensational, I think everyone can agree that direct marketing will never have a perfect world result as in the example below.

To watch an educational video of what an MLM or pyramid related business is feel free to watch below.  Also look at their compensation plan and see how as the numbers get bigger the chart starts to resemble a pyramid. Although the New Age compensation plan does not fit in the MLM category you can see that the compensation structure looks a bit like a pyramid in their business direct marketing payment structure.
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How is this not an MLM Pyramid?

How is this not an MLM Pyramid?

Glacial Energy Offers MCPE Rates Which is a Texas Variable Electricity Price

Glacial Energy can be easily mistaken as Glacier Energy like the thing the Titantic ran into. Most people will need a reminder as it isn’t often that people refer to things as being “Glacial”. Another possible source of confusion is what exactly 40% of what is the commission a sales associate is paid? 40 percent commission is 40 percent of usually 3 mils if they charge industry standard commission. Some brokers charge whatever they can get away with although 3 mils is pretty standard. So lets figure out commission on a business using 400,000 kilowatt hours a year. We take .003 and multiply that times 400,000 = $1,200. The sales associate with New Age would get 40% of that which would be $480. If the sales associate signed up a commercial business like a hair salon or paint supply store the usage would be more like 40,000 kilowatt hours on the high end. Lets figure the commission on that. 40,000 kWh x .003 = $120. New Age will pay their sales associate 40 percent of that which would be $48. They will probably pay this out over the course of the year which means 48 divided by 12 months is $4 a month for a small retail store. If your not planning to sign up large commercial facilities you might get discouraged signing up the little retail shops like this.

Unbelievable Wholesale Prices or Just Your Standard High Risk MCPE Price?

Glacial Energy has unbelievable electricity prices as low as 4 – 5 cents per kWh according to what an energy consultant told me today that he heard from someone who just spoke with a Glacial rep. I also spoke with an MLM work from home junkie who mentioned the name Glacial Energy as a “wholesale electricity company” offering 4 cent rates and said that this is a new opportunity that pays 40% commission. Glacial Energy’s customer that called today believed they were on a fixed electricity price at around 4 cents per kWh. We were quite amazed as this is way outside the retail margins of the most business savvy Texas electricity provider. The company also offers no deposit commercial energy in Texas. Needless to say most of the energy consultants in the office made some kind of remark that the rates smell of something fishy. Giving Glacial Energy the benefit of the doubt we must assume their customers might be misunderstanding something. After closer examination it appears the 4.5 cent per kWh rate is an MCPE variable price. These prices fluctuate with the balancing energy market and can double and triple in price in just a few days. Last summer they doubled and tripled in price and stayed there for 3 – 4 months. When signing a customer to an MCPE price there are also TDSP charges and line loss and ancillary charges. I am not sure if Glacial Energy is including line losses or ancillary charges in their quoted price but we will assume they are unless we hear otherwise. MCPE is a great thing to sign up for as a commercial business but you definitely want to make sure you know the risks and what options are available to blend the MCPE price with a fixed rate. You could also lock in something called “heat rate” or lock in “natural gas” prices which is 45% of the fuel that generates Texas electricity. By doing a little hedging when signing up for a variable electricity price like MCPE a large commercial or industrial business can limit the amount of exposure of an MCPE electricity price.

More About MCPE Prices and Additional TDSP Charges

Usually when we get several customers calling us saying that they are receiving a too good to be true offer from a provider we see a few months later that customers are calling instead saying how they have been ripped off by that provider. It takes a few months for the customer to get the bill and notice that the price they thought they had is quite a bit higher. We see that Glacial Energy really is offering Texas electricity rates that are this low which is good news for those considering signing up with Glacial Energy. Based on what you can hedge energy for, 4 cents seems out of the ballpark unless it is an MCPE electricity rate. Since we now know Glacial Energy is advertising an MCPE rate we can recommend to potential electric customers that it is ok to sign up with Glacial on an MCPE price provided you understand the risks and check on what TDSP charges, line loss charges, and ancillary charges have been included in their rates. One way to check on these additional charges to be bundled onto the MCPE electricity price is to get a break down of their “energy only” price all “TDSP charges” and then the total “bundled electricity rate “including all fees and charges. Make sure anything that is obscure in the contract is explained in a dollar amount.  A provider should be able to break down all charges although the TDSP charges will be a very close estimate based on your previous years usage history or a close estimate on estimated usage if you are a new company just starting up.

Learn More About a Reverse Auction Process That Puts a Businesses Usage in a Competitive Bid Process

We encourage Texas electricity customers to check out Glacial Energy and see what their total bundled electricity price looks like compared to a few other providers. It could be that Glacial is offering an MCPE rate that is low cost by nature when fuel prices are low. The issue with MCPE is that if not combined with a fixed rate product can spiral out of control. Last summer (summer of 2008) MCPE prices reached triple their average prices. Texas commercial businesses that were not combining their MCPE rate with a fixed rate paid dearly. A risky MCPE electricity rate can be low risk for some smaller businesses that will only see a few hundred dollar price increase per month in their electricity costs but for a large business it could be several thousand dollars in unprepared for energy costs.

To learn more about wholesale electricity rates in Texas please visit our Texas commercial energy page and fill out our form. An energy consultant would be happy to take your commercial electricity usage through a reverse auction process with 10 – 15 different Texas electricity companies that will compete to win your business.

Commercial Electric Rate Rise Higher 2 days in a row

Commercial Electric Rates In Texas

In Texas, commercial electric rates have risen higher for the 2nd day in a row. This rise in energy prices has partially to do with natural gas storage reports being less then expected. For those who may not ne aware you will many times see electric rates react as volatile as natural gas itself since the correlation is so strongly tied to it. If you think about it, Texas commercial electricity is produced primarily from natural gas power generating plants. Because of the type of power generating facilities we rely upon in Texas we have to ride the ups and downs of these energy spikes like it is the norm.


If you look at the Texas Commercial Electric Rate Chart for today (Feb 6 2008) you can see that electric rates are about in the middle of where they have been all year. The prices bounced off the 7.7 cents support quite a few times and will likely not come back down there for several months. These rates are for commercial customers using over 1,000,000 kWh of usage a year. If you do not use that much we can put your company in an aggregation to obtain similar competitive rates.

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Feb 6 2008 Texas Commercial Electric Rates

Other States Don’t Have The Electric Rate Price Spikes

In other states you may notice that the energy is not nearly as volatile as they may have quite a few nuclear power generation facilities and other alternative power generating plants to provide their electricity. Texas has a large enough natural gas power plant infrastructure that it will be awhile before we transition over to more diverse power sources. Part of the volatility also has to do with maxing out the supply of natural gas as we use it to heat our homes and produce our electricity. Texas commercial electricity becomes a hot topic because of the predicament we currently find ourselves with the absolute need for fossil fuel.

New Fuel Sources Will Bring Down Electric Rates

10 years from now natural gas will no longer be our primary fuel source. Just look at a historical energy source chart and you will see that as one energy source becomes cheapest it eventually becomes the primary source of fuel for power generation. This type of historical data can be traced all the way back to the late 1800’s. Nuclear shows to be the likely winner as the fuel source that will soon overtake fossil fuels altogether. You may have noticed that thin film solar panels have also made some startling headway with the most recent news showing applied materials putting it on the roof of their manufacturing facility able to produce 3,000 megawatt hours a year. If thin film solar continues successfully and follows the path of Applied Materials we may very well see all Texas commercial electricity customers retrofitting their roofs with thin film solar panels. If this ends up being the success story Applied Materials is making it out to be then Solar could be the primary fuel source for electricity generation and not the predictable source many think it will be of nuclear.

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