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Nine Things you Need to Know About
Buying Electricity for your
Business in Texas
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👉 Here are Nine Very Important Things you need to know before you choose your next utility
Electricity provider for your business.

1) There is a BIG difference in what rate you will be charged based on the type of contract you choose to enter. (Keep in mind the more risk you are willing to take, the cheaper the rate in the contract.) There are different type of agreement you can enter into, which is as follows: fixed, fixed with a variable component, Variable, and swing contracts. (Please note swing contracts are not indeed fixed, due to the fact, if you go over or below a certain percentage in consumption from last year, you will be charged more than the fixed rate.)
KEEP in Mind --- All contracts have their benefits and drawbacks.

2) Congestion charges are the cost of delivery spikes in delivering electricity to you. Now at one time, companies used to absorb this cost. However, now they pass those charges to you, which is above and beyond your contract rate unless your contract explicitly states it is included in the rate. (Normally, you will find RUC & congestion charges are NOT included when receiving a quote.) You NEED to ask!

3) Anyone can switch electric companies as long as they are not in a co-op.

4) Rates on electricity vary by their start dates and the length of the term. When getting quotes, make sure you give all the companies the exact start date and terms you are looking for in a contract.

5) There are always two utility companies involved in electricity. One is the company you buy electricity from, and the other one is the one that delivers the electricity. Utility companies in Texas deliver electricity: AEP-NORTH, AEP-CENTRAL, ONCOR, CENTERPOINT, and TNMP. These companies all own the wires and transformers and charge a delivery charge to supply the electricity to your business. Now the companies you bought your electricity from will show this as pass-through charges on your bill.

6) Service fees (Meter fees) are fees they charge to manage your account and are usually charged based on per meter. There are more and more Utility companies dropping this fee. However, those who charge these fees typically provide just a quote for their electricity rate and don't bring up the meter fee. * When you only have one meter, it may not be much of an issue. However, if you have multiple meters can be a substantial expense.

7) Check the cancellation clause in your contract. They are different and may be an essential issue if you are going to move or close down a location. Any questions,
call us at 956 381-4446 or email

8) Most companies will NOT require a security deposit unless there is a credit issue. Now, if there is a credit issue, not all companies have the exact requirements. So if one asks for a security deposit, the next company may not because their credit requirements are less. Now, if you find all companies are requesting a security deposit, not all will require the same amount on a deposit. So the best thing to do is shop around for the best deal.

9) Payment options. Some companies charge a fee if you pay online or use a credit card. Now, if you usually pay by check, there will be no issue. However, if you use other means of paying, you need to check the company for their payment fees.

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