Texas 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.