Who’s Looking Out for Me in Texas?


Energy Choice in Texas Brings Increased Consumer Protection

In addition to Texas energy choice putting your needs first, two Texas state agencies are looking out for you. They protect your electricity rights and make sure the Texas power grid keeps electricity humming from the power plants and wind farms of Texas all the way to your home or business.

The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUC) was formed in 1975 to watch over several types of utilities, including the electric and telephone industries. The PUC sets the rules for the utility companies (Transmission and Distribution Service Providers, or TDSPs) that deliver power to your house. The PUC decides the rates for transmission and distribution service, sets all the reliability and safety standards, and then enforces those standards. The PUC also handles licensing and rules enforcement for First Choice Power and other companies (Retail Electric Providers, or REPs) that sell electricity.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) watches over the reliability and security of the state’s power grid. ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to over 22 million Texas customers – that’s a whopping 85% of the state’s electric load, covering 75% of the state. ERCOT controls all the power on the Texas electric grid – 40,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 550 power generation units. When people switch electricity providers, the new provider contacts ERCOT to take care of the actual switch.

Texans can rest assured that their best interests will be protected in a deregulated electricity industry environment.

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