Electricity Education

Electricity Bill Payment Scam – How to Avoid Getting Tricked

The electricity bill payment scam is on the rise in in Texas. Scammers will call you pretending to be from your light company and demand payment. They’ll threaten to turn your electricity off if you don’t pay right away.

Here’s how to tell an electricity bill payment scam from a real disconnection notice from your electricity company. And how to avoid getting ripped off.

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How to Read Your Commercial Electricity Bill

TDSP Charges can account for 50% or more of your company’s electricity bill. Yet, it’s the section of your electricity bill that you have the least control over.

Have you ever opened your commercial electricity bill to find surprising delivery charges? This typically happens in the demand portion of your commercial bill, but other areas can also be a surprise. 

What exactly are these TDSP charges on your electricity bill? And, more importantly, what can you do about them? Here’s how to read your commercial electricity bill.

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Texas Ancillary Services – What Are They? And Why Should You Care?

If you’re a business owner in Texas, you need to know that Ancillary Services could be passed through on your bill, depending on your contract language.

That’s what a number of businesses found out after Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. They were saddled with high bills from Ancillary Services pass-through charges when the wholesale price of ancillaries spiked as high as $25,000 per MWh on the ERCOT market.

Here’s what you need to know about Ancillary Services, what to do if you see Ancillary Services charges on your bill, and what’s being discussed at the regulatory levels on this issue.

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