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Power to choose energy in Texas

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Energy deregulation gives you the power to choose

About 85 percent of Texas has a deregulated energy market. This means Texans who live in these areas have the power to choose their electricity provider from many available options. Texans can take advantage of deregulation by shopping around for an energy provider. Switching electricity companies can help residents lower their monthly energy bills.

Choose Energy helps Texans find the best Texas electricity provider through its independent marketplace, which shows all-inclusive rates from top providers at no cost. Users can search for affordable electric rates in their area and filter by price, contract length, rate type, green energy plans, and more.

To begin your search for a cheap electricity rate in Texas, enter your ZIP code above. The Choose Energy marketplace will show you all of the available electricity plans from trusted providers in your deregulated area.

What is, and how is Choose Energy different?

Power to choose in Texas

State residents have the power to choose Texas electricity plans because lawmakers deregulated the energy market in 2002. While the term “deregulation” might sound intimidating, it just means that consumers have the freedom to compare rates and plans offered by different providers and choose the option most suited to their needs.

About 85 percent of Texans have the power to choose. Texas electricity providers featured on the Choose Energy marketplace include TXU Energy, Gexa Energy, Frontier Utilities, Reliant Energy, and many more.

Energy deregulation isn’t only reserved for large cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Houston. It extends to cities of all sizes, including:

For a larger list of deregulated areas, visit our service areas page. One thing to remember: Regardless of the energy provider you choose, the utility company for your area is in charge of delivering the electricity to your home or business and maintaining electrical infrastructure. This includes restoring power when there is an outage. So, if the power goes out in your area, contact your utility company instead of your energy provider.

Why shop with

The power to choose a Texas electricity provider is a great opportunity to save on energy costs and pick the right plan for your needs. At Choose Energy, we want to simplify this process by showing you the electric rates and plans in your area. But we also provide the tools to help you make an informed choice, including:

We allow shoppers to sort by price, term, rate type, and much more. You can customize your usage and we’ll show you estimates for your monthly bills. We also offer honest reviews of the providers on our site.

How to shop with

Finding the right electricity provider and plan with Choose Energy is quick and easy. The process can be broken down into three simple steps:

  1. Enter your ZIP code. We’ll show you plans from top energy providers operating in your area.
  2. Find the right plan. Filter for what is most important to you and compare your options. Be sure to read each plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) to understand the plan details.
  3. Exercise the power to choose. Once you’ve made your decision, you can easily sign up online in just a few minutes. After that, you’re good to go. Your new provider will handle the switch and you shouldn’t experience any interruptions in your service.

Get started by entering your ZIP code above. We’ll show you the electricity options in your area at no cost.

How to contact the Public Utilities Commission of Texas

The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) authorizes licenses for electricity providers to ensure they are meeting strict requirements to operate in Texas.

Do you need to contact the PUCT to report an issue? Here are three contact options:

Mail: PO Box 13326, Austin, TX 78711-3326

Phone: 512-936-7000


Regardless of which electricity company supplies power to your home, the electricity will be delivered by your local utility. The utility companies are also regulated by the PUCT. If you experience a power outage, contact your utility.

Disclaimer:® is operated by Choose Energy Inc. and is not affiliated with Power To Choose, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).

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