Monthly Archives: June 2011

Who is your Voice for Choice?

Electricity Voice for ChoiceTexas Electrical Co-ops: Good or Bad for the Texas Electricity Consumer?

OK, so like everything there are two sides to every coin. Electricity cooperatives have been around since Hoover (the president not the dam), but are they really needed anymore? If so, what benefit do they really provide the consumer? As you may have noticed, here at the Texas Electricity Alliance it’s all about the consumer. We believe many consumers who are trapped into electrical cooperatives would benefit from their specific co-op electing to participate in the deregulated electricity market in Texas.

On the one side, electricity co-ops have provided the necessary vehicle needed to get electricity to consumers who would normally not be serviced due to the high-cost to run electrical lines into their rural areas. By subsidizing this electrification of America, we have been able to cover almost 100% of our population with electrical services. Many of these areas would have never received electricity without government funding and the co-op structure has been a necessity to serve this community of users.

On the other side of the coin, over the past 30 years we have seen many of these areas which were once rural locations become booming suburbs with huge population increases. These rural electrical cooperatives were originally funded by the government so rural areas could be served. However, they are no longer effective, efficient or enabled to provide direct constituency made up of their members who are actually all owners in the co-op.

Consumers in these areas would be much better off if their co-op would elect to take part in deregulation and allow their member/owners to save $1000’s a year instead of giving them back a $30 check as a member/owner rebate at the end of the year. Unfortunately, the management of these cooperatives has not elected to participate in deregulation and the membership/ownership structure is now a benefit to the management of these co-ops, not to the members.

The Texas Electricity Alliance is the only aggregator, licensed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) that actively recruits co-op members to join together and fight for their rights under the Texas electricity deregulation laws. We encourage all co-op members to visit our website and join today so your Voice for Choice can be heard.

Together We Save. Together We Share.

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Want to Cut Your Summer Electricity Bill in HALF? Then Turn Up Your AC and Buy a FAN!

Electrical ThermostatOne of the best ways to save $$ on your electricity is to turn up your AC to 80 during the day and no lower than 76 at night. Next step is to then buy fans for the largest rooms in your house and in your bedrooms. These two simple steps will save you 20-25% on your summer electricity bill.

Combine these solutions with a lower electricity rate from the Texas Electricity Alliance select provider, and you can cut your summer electricity bill in half. You can calculate your savings using our electricity savings calculator.

You may say 80 degrees is too hot and 76 degrees isn’t low enough at night because I like to sleep under the covers. Our advice is if you can afford it, then that’s great. But, just remember you are putting stress and strain on the Texas electricity grid and could be contributing to the rolling brown-outs that are most definitely on the way this hot, dry summer.

We recommend the Vornado floor fan for $29.00 at Costco.These fans are amazing, and we bet that by using this fan and following the temperature recommendations above you are just as comfortable as you have ever been in the Texas Summer heat and when you get your next electricity bill you will be glad you did.

Who’s On Your Side…Not the Electricity Companies…Are you Fuming Yet?

Angry at Electricity CompanyAs we continue to deregulate industries, which were previously either monopolies or state run, in America and the rest of the world it’s becoming pretty clear that the consumer is not always benefiting from the deregulation. This is especially clear when it comes to the electricity business in Texas. Half of Texas consumers are still served by electrical cooperatives and have no choice or ability to lower their electricity cost; while the other half that do, are completely confused as to how to accomplish that. This is mainly because the market is fraught with deceptive and misleading advertising by both incumbent providers making consumers afraid to change providers, or by the new competitive providers who promise too much and deliver too little. There is almost no way the consumer can win in this deregulated environment unless they become highly educated on the market dynamics and business models; not to mention spending many hours of research just to find and select the best way and price for them to buy electricity. The Texas Electricity Alliance addresses and answers all these issues and provides consumer-friendly and easy-to-understand solutions.

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Together We Save.

T. Boone Pickens: Genius or Geriatric

T. Boone Pickens | Green Electricity Is T. Boone Pickens a Genius or is he just another Geriatric billionaire speaking his mind? Maybe neither, maybe a little of both but its high-time that either way America should start listening. Boone may have a couple billion, but he still never leaves a room and doesn’t turn out the lights or turn off the TV. I’d even take a side bet that he turns up the AC when he’s not home. He earned his money working hard and gained a lot of life lessons along the way to being one of the most respected and recognized oil men in America, if not the world; or at least any part of it that has oil or natural gas or wind that could be used to generate electricity. He has been promoting natural gas and wind energy as part of the Pickens Plan for quite some time now and maybe just maybe people are now waking up and smelling the coffee that he’s been brewing. Boone say we should convert the majority of our long-haul truck transportation network to run on natural gas and not diesel, thereby lowering American energy imports of oil and increasing the use of American produced natural gas; not to mention the 1000’s and 1000’s of jobs that conversion would create. He has also worked diligently to get people to understand the value and future potential of wind power as another way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs in America. Wow, let me see if I got this right: we can reduce our consumption of foreign oil, increase our use of domestic natural gas and wind and we can create 1000’s if not 100’s of thousands of jobs while increasing the financial and domestic security of the United States of America. I say that the next President of the United States, and the current one as well, should make Boone the Energy Czar for America and not only that, but put him in charge of the EPA. You think that second part sounds a little crazy, but let me tell you that his environmental record is astounding and he is one of the best business men and stewards of our earth that we could find in our country and we all need to start listening to him before it’s too late. He won’t be around forever and I just pray there is someone in the next generation that will grow up as well  and as vocal to start fighting to save this country. Give ’em hell Boone and start advertising more, people need to hear your message.

Are Smart Electricity Meters Really Smart?

Smart Meter ElectricityDoes having a smart meter for my electricity save me money?

The simple answer is NO! However, if you were to take advantage of monitoring your daily and even hourly use of electricity in your house it just might. There are several electricity usage monitoring devices on the market that use Web-based software to help you analyze your use of electricity. For example, if you were to walk past a small monitoring device in your kitchen and noticed the electricity usage was unusually high, it might prompt you to go upstairs and turn up the AC for the daytime and then go turn it down tonight when the kids are sleeping. This could save you a few hundred bucks this summer. Now what if you started watching that meter more often and noticed how much electricity your TVs, lights, etc… were using but no body was even in the room. You would go turn them off and more importantly you would encourage members of your family to do the same.

So are smart electricity meters really smart? The answer is still NO, but they can make you smarter about your electricity usage. At the Texas Electricity Alliance we encourage everyone of our members to be smarter about electricity and will launch a program for in home electricity monitoring devices very soon so stay tuned and remember Together We Save, Together We Share and who knows maybe Together we get Smarter….LOL!

To calculate what you could be saving on electricity based on your average kWh, visit our online Electricity Savings Calculator.

EPA is Now In-Charge in Texas and in Other States.

EPA | Texas ElectricityToday the New York Times reported on the new Supreme Court ruling to allow the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to enforce carbon emission standards on power plants. This is a hotly contested issue in both the House and Senate with one or the other threatening to neuter the EPA’s authority to do just that. The EPA through the Clean Air Act has broad powers to act in the public interest, but these powers have been expanded under the Obama administration to address one of the real culprits of greenhouse gases, power plants for electricity generation.

As many of you know, coal is the main source of fuel used to produce electricity in our great nation but is also one of the largest polluters in the nation as a whole. The billions and billions of tons of CO2 that we put into our atmosphere from burning coal to produce electricity is mind boggling. Yes it’s cheaper to generate electricity from coal than any other form of energy but that doesn’t mean we should keep doing it unabated while we now understand the possible long term consequences from our actions.

You’ll probably hear lots of bitching about this from big power producers and head-strong capitalist but don’t be deceived. We need to stop burning coal to produce cheap electricity and start using natural gas, of which we have discovered an abundance of over the past 10 years right here in the United States of America. Sometimes the liberals get it wrong and sometimes the conservatives get it wrong, but in this case they all have it wrong. We need strong leadership in our country and around the world to stop polluting our planet. We should immediately start replacing coal burning electrical generating plants with clean burning natural gas plants and then supplement those with wind energy, which we already subsidies with our tax dollars. Don’t listen to the naysayers on this, join the Texas Electricity Alliance and make a difference.

Click here to view the New York Times Article.

Texas Electricity Average Billing: Good or Bad?

Variable Rate Plan Texas | Fixed Rate Plan TexasSeems like the new, great idea in Texas is to level off your electricity bills throughout the year by taking advantage of an average billing program.

Most if not all the retail electricity providers offer these after you have been on their billing system for at least 6 months. While that sounds like a good idea up front, when you dig a little deeper it might not be the best choice.

Electricity bills in Texas are generally 2.5 times higher in the summer than in the “shoulder” months like November and April when you don’t use much electricity. So, it’s nice to average out those bills by using an average billing plan. However, when you do that, you don’t tend to be as diligent about your electricity use in the summer, and while it sounded like a good idea you could easily spend another 10-15% over the full year period by being deceived about your actual usage during the summer.

At the Texas Electricity Alliance we don’t recommend average billing unless your monthly cash flow does not allow you to make your summer electricity payments without breaking the bank.

Let us walk you through one of our 1-year fixed rate plans or our 100% Go Green Plan today. Call us at 855-255-7627 or visit us online at www.TexasElectricityAlliance.com.

Texas Electricity Alliance 100% Texas Wind Power – Is It Safe?

Texas Wind Energy | Texas Renewable EnergyI’ve read quite a bit about Texas wind-powered electricity and thought we should take a deeper look into the positives and negatives associated with this type of electricity generation. Wind has been used for centuries to provide a renewable energy source for daily activities, as well as the Sun. These are natural 100% renewable energy resources that can be used to provide a large portion of, if not a majority, of the energy we require to power our World. However, the fact these hydrocarbons are significantly cheaper as a form of energy will continue to limit the growth of these renewable power sources. On the other hand, there is a recognition that we need to do a better job of protecting our environment and therefore we have many government subsidies in place to help wind and solar power become part of the mix as we move forward. Eventually, we will run short on hydrocarbons and by expanding our use of renewal energy sources, like wind and sun, and will be better prepared to meet this challenge.

That all makes sense but the jury is still out on the environmental impact of wind power electricity generation in Texas and elsewhere in the World. Many studies are conducting the effects of using wind to power huge windmills and changing the dynamics of the natural wind currents and thereby disrupting the environment. Some studies have suggested we are ruining the bat’s radar and we could cause a huge impact to the bat population. Some have suggested that the natural pollination of crops could be disrupted, not to mention the temperature variations that are caused downwind of the wind farms. We will all learn more together as this unique and power natural resource is exploited and may we all learn that the positive environmental effects far outweigh the negative.

Due to a variety of reasons, including government subsidies, you can currently buy 100% wind generated electricity plans in Texas for less than plans that are powered with coal and natural gas. At the Texas Electricity Alliance, we are encouraging our members to purchase the 100% Wind Plan available through our select provider in hopes that we can encourage the reduction of each of our members’ carbon footprint. I mean really, what if Al Gore is right and it is an inconvenient truth.

For more information on our Wind Energy Plan, visit us at www.TexasElectricityAlliance.com or give us a call at 855-255-7627.

Mavs Beat the Heat and So Can U!

For all those electricity customers in Texas, just remember: There’s no U in TXU!

The average retail electricity customer in Texas can save between 20-40% off their electricity bill by switching from TXU to Texas Electricity Alliance. The question becomes then why don’t they? There are a number of good reasons for this but the 3 most important are:

Trust, Security and Convenience.

TRUST: Switching electricity companies can be scary since you might not know a lot about companies offering lower rates so you don’t know if you should trust them or not.

SECURITY: People also wonder if their electricity service might be interrupted if they switch providers but nothing could be further from the truth. Your electricity will still be provided by the regulated Transportation Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) that has been delivering your electricity all along.

CONVENIENCE: We know how difficult it is to try to sort through 50+ providers and literally 100’s of electricity plans. That’s why we negotiate the best rates possible for our members.

By joining an Alliance of customers like Texas Electricity Alliance you’ll always have the Trust, Security and Convenience of a co-op but the with competitive prices of an alliance.

Visit us today at www.TexasElectricityAlliance.com or call us 855-255-7627.

Never Pay Too Much for Electricity in Texas Again!

Home Electricity Alliance

Today a new company has entered into the Texas retail electricity market with a very unique business model to help Texas consumers pay less, use less and conserve more electricity, all while doing something good for those in need in the process. We are ALLSMART Energy LLC and our brand name in Texas is the Texas Electricity Alliance. We are registered an a Aggregator with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and are authorized to gather users together as a buying club for their electricity needs. In Texas alone there are over 60 Retail Electric Providers (REP) trying to sell consumers electricity. And there are literally 100’s of unique “rate and term” plans from these providers. This has put consumers at a disadvantage, which is why after 10 years of electricity generation in Texas over half the state is still served by co-ops and the other half is dazed and confused trying to understand how to take advantage of deregulation and always get the lowest available cost.

Texas Electricity Alliance is a membership based buying club that takes all the mystery out of the electricity market for their members and always gets them the best rates in the market and also helps them understand how to save even more. Many consumers in Texas have elected to stay with the incumbent market providers like TXU or Reliant but are paying as much as 40% more than they could be for their electricity. We encourage anyone in Texas to join us today because “Together We Save and Together We Share” check us out at www.texaselectricityallinace.com.

We will be using this blog forum to support, educate, inform and provide a forum for discussion for all Texas retail electricity users whether they are part of a co-op or in a deregulated area of Texas. We invite your comments, concerns and questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Texas Electricity Alliance
1349 Regal Row
Dallas, TX 75247
855-255-7627