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What is Texas Electric Choice?

What is Texas Electric Choice?

What does electricity choice actually mean for you? Learn about Texas electric choice and Texas energy deregulation.

Thad Warren
Thad Warren
August 2021
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3 Minutes

Texas Electric Choice refers to the ability of Texas residents to choose their electricity provider. Texans can shop plans from Retail Electricity Providers (REPs) and choose the best plan for their needs. 

Texas Energy Deregulation 

On January 1, 2002, Texas deregulated its energy market. The state Senate approved Bill 7 that began phasing in deregulation. As a result of Bill 7, about 85% of energy consumers in Texas are in a deregulated market area. 

Why is Texas Energy Deregulated?

The purpose of deregulation is to create a competitive market that forces electricity providers to offer lower pricing to stay competitive. When Gov. George W. Bush signed Senate Bill 7 he echoed this idea by stating that “Competition in the electric industry will benefit Texas by reducing monthly rates.” 

What Areas of Texas are Deregulated?

Most Texans live in a deregulated electricity market. The two largest metropolitan areas with a deregulated market are Houston and Dallas. Austin and San Antonio on the other hand, are the two largest cities with a municipal cooperative. 

Austin is served by Austin Energy while San Antonio is served by CPS Energy

List of Texas Cities with Deregulated Electricity

Not sure if you live in a deregulated area of Texas? You can look up your zipcode here. Here’s a complete list of deregulated energy cities in Texas:

AbileneFloPearsall
AddisonForest HillPecos
AlamoForneyPenitas
AlbanyFort DavisPerryton
AledoFort StocktonPflugerville
AliceFort WorthPharr
AllenFreeportPilot Point
AlpineFreerPlano
AlvaradoFriscoPleasanton
AlvinFultonPort Aransas
AlvordGainesvillePort Isabel
AndrewsGalena ParkPort Lavaca
AngletonGalvestonPort Mansfield
AnsonGatesvillePort O'Connor
Aransas PassGeorge WestPortland
Archer CityGoliadPottsboro
ArgyleGrafordPrairie View
ArlingtonGrahamPremont
Arroyo CityGranburyPresidio
AspermontGrand PrairieQuanah
AthensGrandviewQuinlan
AtlantaGrapevineQuintana
AubreyGun Barrel CityRachel
AustwellHallettsvilleRainbow
AzleHaltom CityRancho Viejo
BacliffHamiltonRanger
BairdHamlinRankin
Balch SpringsHarker HeightsRaymondville
BallingerHarlingenRed Oak
BalmorheaHaskellRefugio
BarksdaleHebbronvilleReklaw
Bay CityHenriettaRichardson
BaytownHidalgoRichland
BedfordHillsboroRichland Hills
BeevilleHitchcockRichmond
BellaireHoustonRio Grande City
BellmeadHubbardRio Hondo
BeltonHudsonRiviera
BenbrookHumbleRiviera Beach
Big LakeHuntingtonRoanoke
Big SpringHurstRobert Lee
BishopHutchinsRockdale
Blooming GroveInglesideRockport
BonhamIraanRocksprings
BookerIrvingRockwall
BrackettvilleItalyRoma
BrazoriaJacksboroRosenberg
BreckenridgeJersey VillageRotan
BronteJewettRound Rock
BrookshireJohnson CityRound Top
BrownwoodJourdantonRowlett
BuffaloJunctionRoyse City
BurkburnettKarnes CityRuidosa
BurlesonKatyRule
CameronKaufmanSabinal
CantonKeeneSaginaw
Carrizo SpringsKellerSaint Jo
CarrolltonKemahSalado
Cedar HillKenedySan Angelo
Cedar ParkKermitSan Benito
CentervilleKilleenSan Juan
ChannelviewKingsvilleSan Leon
ChildressKnox CitySandia
ChristovalLa FeriaSanta Anna
CiscoLa MarqueSargent
ClarendonLa PorteSeabrook
ClarksvilleLacy LakeviewSeadrift
CleburneLadoniaSeagoville
CliftonLaguna ParkSealy
CluteLajitasSeguin
ClydeLake JacksonShamrock
CollinsvilleLake WhitneySheffield
Colorado CityLake WorthSherman
ColumbusLamesaSinton
ComancheLancasterSnyder
CommerceLaredoSonora
ComstockLeague CitySouth Houston
CooperLeakeySouth Padre Island
CoppellLeonaSpearman
Copperas CoveLewisvilleSpring
Corpus ChristiLindaleSpringtown
CorsicanaLiverpoolSpur
CotullaLog CabinStafford
CraneLos FresnosStamford
CrockettLufkinStephenville
CrosbyLytleSugar Land
Cross PlainsMabankSulphur Springs
CrossroadsMagnoliaSurfside Beach
CrowellMalakoffSweetwater
Crystal CityMaloneSynder
CypressManorTaft
DallasMansfieldTaylor
De LeonMarfaTemple
De SotoMathisTerlingua
DecaturMcAllenTerrell
Deer ParkMcGregorTexas City
Del RioMcKinneyThe Colony
DenisonMemphisThree Rivers
DentonMenardThrockmorton
DevineMercedesTivoli
DibollMerkelTomball
DickensMesquiteTuleta
DickinsonMidlandTyler
DilleyMidlothianUvalde
DonnaMilanoVan
DublinMilfordVan Alstyne
DumasMineral WellsVernon
DuncanvilleMissionVictoria
Eagle LakeMonahansWaco
Eagle PassMuensterWaxahachie
EarlyMundayWebster
EastlandNacogdochesWellington
EdenNassau BayWeslaco
EdgewoodNechesWest Columbia
EdinburgNoconaWest Tawakoni
EdnaNorth Richland HillsWestlake
EdomNorthlakeWharton
EgyptOdemWhite Settlement
El CampoOdessaWhitewright
EldoradoOlneyWhitney
ElectraOrange GroveWichita Falls
ElginOzonaWills Point
EnnisPaducahWimberley
EscobaresPaint RockWinters
EtoilePalaciosWolfe City
EulessPalestineWoodway
EustacePalmerYantis
Falcon HeightsPalmviewYorktown
FalfurriasParisZapata
Farmers BranchPasadenaZavalla
FlintPearland