Texas Faces Power Shortages Possibly 10 Years Out

A new study suggests Texas may have to deal with with power shortages for the next 10 years or so (source:  The Statesman) . These power shortages would happen during peak demand periods each year. So for instance, on a very hot summer or very cold winter you can expect that would be the time when everybody’s power goes out.

This worse case scenario occurs because too many people are demanding electricity at the same time. Combine this increase in demand from an expanding population and economy in Texas with EPA actions preventing coal fired power plants from being built. It isn’t that Texas wants to pollute the environment, kill the elderly and poison small children.

The fact of the matter is that new coal technology allows for clean burning cheap coal to meet demand for electricity and still let everyone have affordable electricity.

It will always sound great to protect the elderly and the children and like you I want to do this as well but when the elderly and children are used in propaganda by green activists to the eventual hardship of every Texas power consumer someone needs to say something.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has hired an outside consultant that will be delivering a report on June 1 on how Texas can encourage the construction of new power plants.

Right now wholesale electricity prices are too low to attract investors in new electricity generation plants and you have the EPA to contend with if you mention the word, coal.

Remember at one time TXU was planning to create at least 11 new state of the art coal fired power plants and now look at the situation?

For now Texas must work to get more commercial and industrial customers to agree to interrupt their electricity usage during peak demand times in exchange for payment.

A noteworthy aspect to getting businesses to automate electricity curtailment is that in the process they sometimes create complete backup generation systems that can produce onsite electricity through natural gas and remain completely off the grid long term.

Hopefully we will see more off the grid electricity systems that are built for these individual facilities alleviating Texas electricity demand troubles.

You can learn more about commercial distributed generation systems and implementation in Texas by watching the video below.

Do You Have a Smart Meter in Harlingen, Texas?

harlingen texas electricity pricesThe Public Utility Commission of Texas conducted a study on smart meters. The results were simple: smart meters clearly outshined traditional meters. The study revealed that smart meters were shown to be 99.96% accurate. Compared to an accuracy level of 96% in traditional meters, this is quite a change. Customers also gave positive feedback on the use of smart meters. The question remains: do you have a smart meter in Harlingen, Texas? Or are you still stuck with an outdated traditional meter that might be costing you money?

If you still have a traditional meter, check with your electric service provider about smart meters. In today’s tough economy, every little bit saved helps. A smart meter can make a big difference in the accuracy of your electric usage. Your electric usage is the number used by service providers to calculate your bill. Why pay for electricity if you are not using it? Request a smart meter and see what a difference it might make.

If you already have a smart meter and still want to save money, use our comparison chart to help. Our comparison chart displays the Harlingen, Texas electric service providers. It compares the electric rates of the providers and gives you a chance to evaluate your provider. You may or may not be getting the best rate on your electricity usage. It costs nothing to use our comparison chart and you are never obligated to switch providers. Give it a try and see where your provider stands in comparison to the others!

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.

Freedom Power, are they a Good Electric Provider?

Looking for a Good Electric Provider that Doesn’t Require a Deposit?

Most electric companies in Texas require a deposit when signing up for electric service. There are a few that do not require a deposit and out of these there are only a couple that we would recommend using. Our compare tool on the top right allows you to see several no deposit offers. Typical providers check your credit history but no deposit providers get in without a deposit. The only other option is prepaid electricity service that is usually based on estimated electric usage instead of actual electricity usage. Freedom Power and DPI Energy are two of the more well known prepaid electric companies in Texas. In our opinion a no deposit or low deposit choice is a better option as you are billed for actual electric usage and are rewarded a lower electric rate.

Freedom Power is one of only a few Texas electric companies that offers a prepaid electricity service option for Texas energy consumers. We regularly receive calls and comments from disgruntled Freedom Power customers who claim their service was cut off without proper notice. Chances are most of these customers just simply did not live up to their part of the deal by paying their prepaid service for the following month. The PUCT does however require that a Texas electricity company give their customers proper notice before turning that customers service off because of non payment. It is important that you go back and read the contract you signed with Freedom Power as a reminder to what you may have agreed to when signing up with this electricity company. This will help determine if you or your electric company is to blame for the disconnection of your electricity service.

If you have a question about your Freedom Power electricity bill we recommend you call Freedom and have them go over your bill with you as well as answer any questions you may have. You can also call the PUCT and confirm that your electricity bill and contract are according to PUCT rules and regulations if you have further questions after talking with Freedom. The state should be able to send you to the PUCT website where you can read the rules and regulations Texas electricity companies must follow and confirm if your bill and contract as well as possible termination is according to the rules the PUCT has setup.

A Texas electric provider needs enough capital for the hottest summer and the coldest winter or they will go out of business. You just can’t enter the Texas market with $100,000 and no more capital then that and expect to stay in business. An electric company in Texas is easily exposed to energy market risk and volatility. Since Freedom Power sells electricity as a prepaid service they are not exposed to as much risk as other electricity companies because if the customer stops paying for electric service they can cut off service. This allows this electric company to offer a prepaid electric service to low credit customers and protects them from multiple customers defaulting on their electricity bill.

If you would like to leave a customer review of Freedom Power positive or negative please use our comment section below.

If after talking directly with Freedom Power to resolve a question or issue and you still have more questions you can file a complaint with the Public Utility Commission of Texas here or call them: File a Complaint

The nature of the prepaid electricity business requires for more disconnects than Texas electricity providers that take on good credit customers. Because more people fail to pay their charges with a prepaid electricity company there will be more disconnects on average. Customers from time to time may be confused regarding electricity costs and charges and have been known to refuse to pay their electricity bill. These confusions could be real or imagined but either way it is important to call your electric provider right away to get down to the bottom of the issue.

Any ambiguity in the advertised electricity rate in the contract is usually translated how the electric service customer perceived the electric rate they were agreeing to rather than what the electricity provider may have meant. It is important that the electric company make the rate clear and understandable to any potential customer coming to their ad or website to sign up for electricity service. If you feel like you are paying a higher rate than you were advertised just call your provider and explain your issue. Take down notes about the terms of service they refer to when summarizing what you originally agreed to. You can always take this information to the PUCt and go back over it to explain why you believed the rate was something other than what the provider intended.

A comment below from someone talking about their upstairs neighbor isn’t accurate as Freedom probably disconnected that customer because they did not pay their electricity bill. Prepaid electricity requires the customer to take a more proactive role in paying for their electricity service since you pay and then receive electric service. Most of us use electricity and then we are billed for it. We then have time to review the bill and pay for the service. A low credit bad credit risk customer put in the situation of being proactive in paying their electricity bill does not make for a good situation. Chances are these customers may frequently wait until the last minute to prepay each and every month. If prepaid electricity service isn’t something you like we recommend saving up for the large deposit that will be required when using a more traditional electricity company like TXU Energy or Reliant Energy.

My upstairs neighbor is (Was?) a Freedom Power customer. Their power just got cut-off. They have been on hold for almost an hour now. Is it possible that Freedom failed to pay the upstream provider for the power they are reselling and the upstream provider issued the disconnects? Sounds like the rats have already left the ship, and it is their customers that are screwed. Now my neighbors will have to get a new provider immediately, pay a new deposit, and join the inevitiable class-action suit to get their money back (which they will never see).

Customers would like their REP License Revoked

There is a Petition to the Public Utility Commission of Texas to Revoke Retail Electric Provider Certificate No. 10078 of Freedom Group, LLC d/b/a Freedom Power.

Lawsuits in the Works

There are electric customers of Freedom Power in settlement discussions. If anyone has information on what Freedom Power may have done to their electric customers we would like to know. Please feel free to leave a comment on the status of the lawsuit with Freedom Power, a Texas electric provider.

Freedom Power Office Location and Phone Number

Agent: Peter J Grosso
Address: 401 B Ferris Avenue, Waxahachie TX 75165

MARVIN E SINGLETON III DIRECTOR PO BOX 560803 DALLAS, TX 75356-0803

PETER J GROSSE DIRECTOR PO BOX 560803 DALLAS, TX 75356-0803

PENI BARFIELD SECRETARY PO BOX 560803 DALLAS, TX 75356-0803

PENI BARFIELD TREASURER PO BOX 560803 DALLAS, TX 75356-0803

KEN WEAVER PRESIDENT PO BOX 560803 DALLAS, TX 75356-0803

Assumed Company Names

Freedom Power
La Raza Electridad

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