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Old 05-21-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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Who do you use for electricity? Do you mind saying?
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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PEC. I get no choice in the matter due to the fact that co-ops are allowed to opt out of deregulation. The rates are actually pretty good, but the high membership fee makes up for any potential savings on electricity.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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This would be a good time to use a Poll.
I expect most people actually in Austin are on Austin Energy.
Might be fun to split out people that are on GreenChoice.
Others I can think of off the top of my head:
LCRA
Pedernales Electric

There are 186 companies that serve Texas: Alphabetical List of CCNs
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Something like 75% of Austin is served by City of Austin. You should probably make your question more specific to the community you live in.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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City of Austin Energy. We don't have a choice.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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Ok. This whole thing has me scratching my head. Where we used to live we had one bill for our electricity. There wasn't a choice. And, it didn't seem to cost that much either. Propane is the big expense.

Moving here I hear you get to choose but after looking at it, reading about it, talking to representatives from different places I'm still scratching my head. Reading the fine print it seems they are all the same yet watch out for fees and such.

In Hutto we currently have Texas Power but I hear Oncor owns the poles and lines. Then, my question is if Oncor owns the poles and lines how do the other providers get to use them and won't that cost more? You get charged a fee if you use under a certain amount. That doesn't make sense to me. Why charge people for conserving??

I'd like to use a company that only uses wind power but why does it have to cost more? When you say you don't have a choice with Austin Energy is Austin Energy like Texas Power and then you choose someone else with them?
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Pedernales Electric Cooperative -- live in Cedar Park and do not have a choice, but I'm okay with that. PEC rates are very good and they are always very pleasant to deal with. I had Reliant when I lived in South Texas and they were RIDICULOUS!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:37 AM
 
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We went with Austin Energy GreenChoice
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'd like to use a company that only uses wind power but why does it have to cost more?
If there was a company that only used wind power, you would not have power at all some of the time, and I am assuming that would not be good. The power companies are required to have certain amounts of power supplied from renewable sources, but at any give point in time it may be near 100% from renewable all the way down to zero. The percent renewable is based on annual supply or capacity or something, not any short-term requirement. Btw, Texas leads the country in wind energy generation.

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In Hutto we currently have Texas Power but I hear Oncor owns the poles and lines. Then, my question is if Oncor owns the poles and lines how do the other providers get to use them and won't that cost more?
I live in Austin and therefore use Austin Energy, but as I understand it, the electric industry is very similar to the old long-distance phone providers - a company owns the lines and sells 'capacity' on those lines to the actual electric generators. The transmission companies (owners of the lines) are not allowed to be in the power generation business, so ALL of the power generators will have to pay something to use those lines. One company will not have the advantage of owning the lines and getting to set their own rate. They may, however, negotiate different deals that will allow them to save a little somehow.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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Stream, because our neighbor works for them and personally checks in with us multiple times throughout the year to keep us updated on the best rates. I like the personal touch of this company.
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