Providing a Label for Electric in Texas

Residents shopping for electric in Texas have a useful tool provided to them, courtesy of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. All retail electric providers in the state are required to publish an Electricity Facts Label, to make comparison shopping simpler for electric in Texas.

Following the model of nutrition labels provided on food products, the Electricity Facts Label provides information on contract terms, electricity prices, emissions levels and sources of generation in a standardized format, so that customers can compare apples to apples, so to speak.

Electricity Price

In the Electricity Price section, the provider must list their average price per kilowatt hour, for 500, 1000 and 1500 kilowatt hour monthly usage rates, including costs of generation, distribution, transmission, fuel and customer service, and any other charges or promotional incentives. This is, in effect a bundled cost, which may be more than some companies' published costs, because they may choose to break out the monthly charges separately in order to present a lower cost per kilowatt hour.

Contract Terms

The Contract section specifies any minimum contract term or cancellation fees. Once you sign up with a company, you will receive a Terms of Service statement, which will provide a complete listing of fees, deposits and any other terms.

Sources of Power Generation

This section requires the provider to break out percentages of your power being generated by coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, renewable energy and other sources, so that you may compare it to the Texas average percentages of energy generated from each source.


The Emissions section details what type of emissions are generated from the production of electricity, and their percentages as compared to the state average. Emissions are in the form of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, sulfur dioxide and nuclear waste. This is basically an environmental report card as to how clean - or dirty - your provider's power generation is.

The Electricity Facts Label levels the playing field, in effect, especially in regards to giving consumers the bundled price per kilowatt hour. It saves you from having to look up all the additional charges and then do a lot of complicated math to figure out exactly what your rate will be, versus the artificially low published rates some companies provide. Before selecting a plan for electric in Texas, always be sure to re-check the price on the Electricity Facts Label. You may be surprised at the difference.

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