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Old 02-27-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I just moved into Williamson county and our HOA website suggested Pedernales Energy. I signed up for it thinking it was the only electricity provider for the area.
Recently I got a call from someone at First Choice Power company, claiming better rates. I looked up their website and it seems pretty decent with plan choices etc.
Does anyone have experience with either companies and can compare them?
Do HOAs tend to restrict who your energy provider can be?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Go here, put your zip in and compare. AFAIK HOA's have no control/interest in who provides your electricity, nor should they!

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- Tim
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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the ability to choose alternate providers is a state regulatory issue however pec may not be "paricipating" at this time -- you may also want to check out 21stcenturysavers.ambitenergy.biz
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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It has been about 5 years since I lived in an electric co-op area so I can't remember if you are stuck with them or you actually have the power to choose.

Be sure when you are looking at electric rates that you don't just look at their "promo" rate. You need to check out their Electricity Facts label for the plans and see what the real cost is going to be. The real cost includes things like Regulatory fees and customer service meter fee. For instance, in my zip code, YEP advertises 8.9 cents/KWh which is all well in good. But when you look at the total cost after fees, it goes up to 13.6 cents/KWh if you use less than 1000 KWh's. This is because they throw in an $8 Customer service fee when you use less than 1000 KWh's.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Austin
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HOA's don't have any involvement in your choice of energy providers. But if you are in PEC's exclusive service area, you don't get a choice of other providers. State law protects electricity co-ops from competition. If you're comparing PEC's rates to others, they have a $25 monthly "member fee" that they assess, so don't forget to add that in.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Go here, put your zip in and compare. AFAIK HOA's have no control/interest in who provides your electricity, nor should they!

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- Tim
Tim,

That website shows no results for my zip code 78613
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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Tim,

That website shows no results for my zip code 78613

You are stuck with PEC.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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PEC is actually pretty good and now that all the "scandles" are being uncovered, I can only imagine that they'll get better. You can't change anyway so like someone said, you're stuck. I have them and I have no complaints.
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