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Ohio COVID-19 Electricity Bill Payment Assistance

Electricity bill payment assistance is a hot topic due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and business shut-down. Many consumers and small business owners in Ohio are concerned about paying their basic bills.

This list of FAQs covers some of the basics on Ohio electricity disconnection, payment plans and bill payment assistance.

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Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program – Bill Payment Assistance

Texas consumers have a new financial backstop to avoid electricity disconnection during the COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine.

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

Here are FAQs on the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (CERP) and how to apply.

Update July 2, 2020: The Texas CERP Electricity Relief Program has been extended through August 30, 2020. This extension was approved during a July 2 meeting of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. However, to be included in the eligible list, you must complete the registration process by July 31. Your account would them be protected from disconnection through August 30.

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Impact of Coronavirus on Texas Electricity Grid

In times of uncertainty, it’s natural for people to be concerned about those things that they can’t control. At ElectricityPlans.com we are working to get answers to some of the most common questions you may have about electricity reliability.

Will my power be disconnected if I can’t pay my bill?

What are electricity prices like right now?

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Texas Electricity Trends for 2020

Texas electricity rates in 2019 were relatively flat compared to the prior year. And if you were in a fixed rate contract throughout 2019, you had a secure price. But those who were on a variable rate or a wholesale index rate (i.e. Griddy Energy) had their rate explode in mid August when ERCOT hit a historic usage level.

So what will happen in 2020? It all depends. But indications are that market forces are driving up retail energy prices in the short term, and that long-term contracts might be the way to go this year.

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CT Electricity Choice – Can You Save on Electricity?

The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel recently called for the end of electricity choice in Connecticut. The OCC says electricity choice doesn’t save money. Retailers say you can save. But what’s the reality?

We’ll give you both sides of the argument. We’ll tell you why Connecticut electricity rates are so high. And we’ll show how you really can save on your United Illuminating or Eversource bill when you switch suppliers.

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Power to Choose Alternatives Grow as PUCT Tries New Fixes

Electricity customers in Texas are searching for a Power to Choose alternative. And it’s no wonder. The Texas Power to Choose site has long been called the Power to Confuse. There are hundreds of plans to choose from, multiple rate structures to decipher, and fine print gotchas in most plans. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is not happy with the games that retail energy providers are playing. They have publicly¬†blasted electricity providers for taking advantage of consumers. Now they are taking action to address these issues.

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