The Texas legislature approved energy deregulation in 2002 creating the path for competitive energy pricing and market. As a deregulated electricity market, state’s retail energy companies would need to compete - against each other - for the millions of Texas residential and business customers. The goal of a deregulated, or competitive energy market, is to give the power to choose to the consumer – which forced Plano electricity providers to be more efficient and lower costs – and offer improved customer service and lower rates to their customers. Going forward, the home and business customers of energy suppliers would have the ability to switch to a new energy provider (at the end of each contract) to maintain the advantage of the deregulated market.
Texas has had a very healthy market in the new era of competition under energy deregulation. Residents and businesses can shop for electricity plans from a wide array of energy suppliers and shop for the best rate available. This means less money in the pockets of energy companies and more for you.
How do you get the best deal on an electricity plan? We analyzed and digested hundreds of thousands of data points from utilities and suppliers and determined the most basic action you can take is to be pro-active.
Simply by shopping suppliers and rates 6 months before your plan is set to renew can help you save 20% or more on your energy costs. Furthermore we found that most customers, depending on market conditions and usage, are likely to save by switching electric suppliers every 12 to 24 months.
If you are a business in the deregulated energy market of Texas, you now have the power to choose your electricity supplier and your rate. To compete for your business, energy suppliers are forced to be more efficient, as well as offer customer-centric business energy plans with competitive energy rates.
Even though you have the power to choose, it can still be a daunting task. In each specific zip code, today’s commercial customer will have hundreds of plans from at least 20 different energy suppliers to choose from. And although the intended result of deregulation was to lower prices for small businesses, medium businesses and larger enterprise level businesses, it’s not that simple. In many cases, comparing energy plans is still confusing due to the sheer number of plans available, promotional rates that are not apples-to-apples and the legal fine print that details fees and penalties.
Commercial energy customers can maintain control over the process by reviewing their monthly usage and average monthly electricity bill. A good rule of thumb to follow based on the amount of the monthly bill.
If your average business electricity bill is less than $500 per month, then you can get a very good energy rate for your business through a simple online comparison of energy rates.
If your average commercial electricity bill is $500 or more per month, then you will most likely get a more competitive energy rate through a custom quote process. The custom process is exactly that – by providing basic business information, energy usage and submitting a recent electricity bill – EnergyBot can leverage partnerships with suppliers to work on your behalf and secure the best energy rate for your business. Although it will take more time to complete, the custom quote process may deliver a lower energy rate that will add up to big savings for your business.
For Plano businesses, researching energy rates and switching to a new electricity plan can be time-consuming and frustrating. EnergyBot is built to make energy simple and help businesses find the best electricity rate quickly and easily.
Along with saving time, EnergyBot also helps businesses cut energy costs by 15%. As a purely digital company, we eliminate the costly overhead fees and sales commissions that are associated with third party energy brokers.
Renewable energy is becoming more and more viable every day. Several energy suppliers focus completely on green energy plans and even more suppliers offer partial green plans.
We are constantly finding new ways to give Plano businesses and residents more renewable energy options. This includes solar, wind, hyrdo, and even geothermal energy solutions. You can find out more about our green energy solutions here.
Plano has been growing its renewable energy footprint for the past 10 years by subsidizing solar panels and wind energy projects. In fact, the city of Plano joined an elite cohort of almost 30 cities and counties called SolSmart, a national initiative, to help reduce the costs of solar energy.
In a deregulated energy market like Texas, residential and business customers have the power to compare energy suppliers and plans and then switch at their discretion – based on any existing contract terms, renewal dates and fees.
This is the easy part and it starts online. Today, businesses have a variety of online websites and tools to search and compare energy providers, plans, and rates. The best way to compare providers is to use a simple website like EnergyBot.com. In less than 5 minutes, you can enter basic information about your business, like your zip code and monthly electricity bill, and then search and compare dozens of top energy suppliers in your area to find the lowest energy rate.
When you are comparing electricity plans, it will pay – literally – to take time to review the plan details, contract terms, and legal copy. Energy companies may entice you with a low rate, yet the fine print will reveal that it is a variable rate – that is only applicable when you are in a specific range of kWh usage. Also, review the contract term, cancellation fees, and out clauses before signing up for a new plan.
It’s important to do our research and we have you covered. Check out this article to learn more about the different types of energy plans and rates.
In many cases, the energy supplier, broker or website that you are using to find a new electricity plan will ask you to upload your most recent electricity bill. Although this may feel a bit intrusive, it provides pertinent account information and is important to securing the best energy rate available for your business. Your energy bill has your business information as well as the data that outlines your monthly energy usage.
To add, your new energy supplier will require proof of your energy usage before you can switch and your electricity bill is the easiest way to meet the requirement.
If you own or manage a larger business with high energy usage (and higher monthly bill), then it may be beneficial to request a custom pricing quote. For larger companies, the process is a bit different. Due to your high energy usage, energy suppliers require a comprehensive review of your energy usage to provide a custom quote on a new plan and rate. At EnergyBot, you can get custom pricing support from one of our energy experts.
After authorizing a switch to a new energy provider, you will receive a confirmation email with the plan details and start date. It’s very important to review the plan you authorized and the new start date. The transition to a new supplier will be seamless…you won’t even notice until you get the electricity bill the next month.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is a membership-based nonprofit corporation that is governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature and is tasked with managing the flow of power to 26 million Texas residents, 8 million locations and 90% of the Texas grid. ERCOT members encompass many stakeholders – including consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.
Utilities are the entities in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy infrastructure, like wires and towers. The local utility in Plano is responsible for transporting electricity from the generators to residential homes and businesses in this specific region.
Energy providers in Plano like TXU, Direct Energy, and Cirro are the competitive energy retailers. In Texas, these companies are called Retail Electric Providers (REPs).
Each energy provider buys energy from the wholesale market (the generators) and then re-sells it to consumers (homeowners, renters, and businesses).
In most cases, the consumer, the homeowner, renter, or business, signs a contract with an energy provider for a specific energy plan. The basic energy plan details the rate class, the energy rate per kWh, the contract term length (6, 12, 24, 36 months), and other contract terms like cancellation fee policy.
Power to Choose is the official and unbiased electric choice website. Sponsored and managed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), PowerToChoose is a consumer website that enables retail electric providers to list energy plans.
Currently Power To Choose does not have the ability to show business rates.
Energy suppliers offer two different types of plans for residential and business customers: a fixed-rate plan or a variable-rate plan.
Each type of plan has its respective pros and cons. As a Texas customer, it’s important to understand the two types of plans before signing up for an electricity plan for your home or business.
The simple definition of a fixed-rate plan is that you are signing a contract with an energy supplier that offers a fixed-rate – meaning that the rate will remain constant for the term of the contract. Regardless of weather, natural events like tornados, or market volatility, your rate will not change. In most cases, a fixed-rate plan will have a term length of 6, 12, 24, or 36 months.
The simple definition of a variable-rate plan is that you are signing a contract with an energy supplier that offers a variable-rate – meaning that the rate may change on a monthly basis based on market factors. Variable-rate plans offer more flexibility but also present more volatility in pricing which may impact your monthly electricity bill.
It is important to audit your energy usage and then select the right plan – a fixed-rate plan or a variable-rate plan – before signing a contract with an energy supplier.
Known as the Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas, Plano is the ninth largest city in the state of Texas with a population of 288,061 residents. Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, Plano covers an expansive area of 71.58 square miles.
Plano offers an expansive area of nature preserves covering a total of 1,000 acres. This space is split up into two nature preserves, the Arbour Hills Nature Preserve and the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The Arbour Hills Nature Preserve covers 200 acres of land with three miles of paved hiking trails, three miles of unpaved hiking trails, and 2.8 miles of unpaved biking trails. It also has an observation tower to give a bird’s eye view of the park. The Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve cover 800 acres of land with 8.5 miles of hiking trails and an equestrian area for horseback riding. In the center of the park is a beautiful lake open for kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddle boarding from sunrise to sunset. It’s also home to the annual Plano Balloon Festival that even offers skydiving.
Recognized as the “Safest City in America” by Forbes in 2010 and 2011, Plano maintains an extremely high standard of safety. The Police Department led by Police Chief Ed Drain employs 410 sworn Officers and over 200 civilian employees maintain these high safety standards. Plano is also regularly recognized by the National Association of Town Watch, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice for “Excellence in Neighborhood Watch.”
The 2.7 million small businesses in the state of Texas employ over 4.74 million people and added nearly 95,000 net new jobs, according to the latest SBA Small Business Profile. The economic growth in Texas has remained strong as the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1% to 3.8% in 2019.
Founded in 1873, Plano is home to a vibrant economy stemming from it’s close proximity to downtown Dallas. The abundance of jobs in Plano brought down the unemployment rate to just 2.9% in December of 2019, significantly lower than the national average of 3.5%.
Due to Plano’s close location to downtown Dallas, the city quickly emerged as a major hub for various corporate headquarters. These corporate headquarters make up the top eight largest employers in the city employing over 25,000 people between all eight headquarters. This abundance of corporate headquarters also drives an industry that serves traveling businessmen. Roughly 80% of all visitors are business travelers. These travelers help support the local economy and small businesses as well.
Plano is poised to continue its amazing growth with more and more corporate headquarters planning to move to Plano for its economic potential, diverse community and low cost of living.