Looking for a Power to Choose alternative? Power to Choose is the state-run electricity shopping site where any provider can list their rates. And it’s the official electricity shopping site for the Public Utility Commission of Texas. But it’s hard to use, has a lot of gimmicky plans, and doesn’t have any quality screening.
Instead, use the best Power to Choose alternative: ElectricityPlans. We read the fine print and highlight the information you need to know. You can shop based on your average monthly electricity usage. And we’ll help you avoid the gimmicks to get the best price.
In a hurry? Here are current prices for rates in Houston (Centerpoint) and Dallas (Oncor). Just enter your zip code to see electricity rates in your area. And read on to find out why we’re the best Power to Choose option.
Power to Choose Houston Electricity Rates (Centerpoint)
|Frontier Utilities||Frontier Max 12||12||10.5 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||EV Free Charging Plan 24||24||10.7 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||EV Free Charging Plan 12||12||10.9 ¢||Details|
|Gexa Energy||Gexa Saver Premium 12||12||10.9 ¢||Details|
|New Power Texas||Power of One 12 Month||12||11.3 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||Solar Buyback 24||24||11.3 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Saver 36||36||11.7 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||Solar Buyback 12||12||11.7 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Basic Power 9||9||11.9 ¢||Details|
|Discount Power||Value Plus 12||12||11.9 ¢||Details|
|4Change Energy||Helpful Saver 24||24||11.9 ¢||Details|
|Think Energy||Think Simple 24||24||12.0 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Silver 24||24||12.0 ¢||Details|
|Pulse Power||Texas Fixed 36||36||12.1 ¢||Details|
|Think Energy||Think Simple 12||12||12.1 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Saver 24||24||12.1 ¢||Details|
|Payless Power||Autopay & Save 12||12||12.2 ¢||Details|
|Veteran Energy||Select 36||36||12.3 ¢||Details|
Power to Choose Dallas Electricity Rates (Oncor)
|Frontier Utilities||Frontier Max 12||12||9.3 ¢||Details|
|Gexa Energy||Gexa Saver Premium 12||12||9.9 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||EV Free Charging Plan 24||24||10.1 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||EV Free Charging Plan 12||12||10.4 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||Solar Buyback 24||24||10.7 ¢||Details|
|New Power Texas||Power of One 12 Month||12||10.8 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Saver 36||36||10.8 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Saver's Discount 12||12||10.9 ¢||Details|
|4Change Energy||Helpful Saver 24||24||10.9 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Silver 24||24||11.1 ¢||Details|
|Discount Power||Value Plus 12||12||11.1 ¢||Details|
|MP2 Energy||Solar Buyback 12||12||11.1 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Champ Saver 24||24||11.2 ¢||Details|
|Pulse Power||Texas Fixed 36||36||11.3 ¢||Details|
|Think Energy||Think Simple 24||24||11.4 ¢||Details|
|Champion Energy Services||Green Energy 24||24||11.4 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Solar Saver 12||12||11.5 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Basic Power 9||9||11.5 ¢||Details|
|Discount Power||Saver 24||24||11.5 ¢||Details|
|Rhythm||Simply Green 12||12||11.6 ¢||Details|
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How to Avoid Gimmicks When You Shop Electricity Plans
Texas Electric choice was the first Power to Choose Texas site in 2002, at the beginning of deregulation. The Public Utility Commission of Texas launched the PowertoChoose.org site in 2012.
The intentions of Power to Choose were good — help Texans shop for electricity. Unfortunately, the Power to Choose has become the Power to Confuse, with a mish-mash of teaser electricity rates, all hiding behind an average price per kWh that “looks” fair.
As a matter of fact, most of the issues come from the three electricity rates shown on the Electricity Facts Label. That’s because people don’t understand how to read the EFL. Few customers understand the three rate structure. And they sign up thinking that those are the exact rates that they’ll be paying for a range of usage.
And there are a lot of plans look good at 1000 kWh, the default usage level for the Power to Choose Texas site. But most people pay more than they expected. Because the Power to Choose site is full of electricity plan gimmicks.
That’s why we created ElectricityPlans.com as an alternative to Power to Choose. When you look at PowertoChoose vs. ElectricityPlans, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to shop for electricity.
You’ll find tools that let you:
- Shop based on your unique monthly usage to see your price per kWh and estimated monthly bill for every plan.
- Use search tools to look for just the features you want, like fixed rate electricity plans or 100% Texas green energy plans.
- Review one-line plan summaries and rates to see if it’s the plan for you
- See the fine print highlighted for each electricity plan.
- Sign up for electricity plan expiration reminders after you shop.
Why ElectricityPlans is the Best Alternative to Power to Choose
It should be easy to shop for electricity, just like anything you buy online. ElectricityPlans.com is a simple alternative to Power to Choose and helps you find the best electricity plan for your home.
Instead of shopping based on 500, 1000 or 2000 kWh, you can shop using your monthly kWh usage. We’ll recalculate every rate for you! That way you can find the plan that’s best for you…not best for the person using 1000 kWh a month.
We comb through the details for you and show the exact pricing for each plan in an easy-to-read format. Type in your usage level and we’ll calculate what your bill will be whether you use 500 kWh, 5000 kWh, or something in between.
We developed ElectricityPlans.com as an alternative to Power to Choose. We carefully evaluate plans, and only show plans that are fair deals for the consumer, complete with transparency regarding bill calculations as well as rate history.
ElectricityPlans.com lets you easily compare rates and plans. And if you need more help shopping, our PlanScan service will evaluate your bill and make recommendations based on your electricity usage patterns– all at no charge.
Why Is There No Power to Choose for Business Rates?
Businesses in deregulated areas of Texas have the power to choose their own electricity supplier. However, the Power to Choose state run shopping site does not show business electricity rates online.
Why? Not sure. But business electricity is just more complicated. The big difference between business and residential rates is how they are quoted. Residential electricity rates show an average price per kWh and include delivery charges. Business electricity rates are harder to show, because delivery charges vary by the type of business and how you use electricity. Business electricity is always sold based on just the energy price.
So if you can’t use the Power to Choose to shop business rates, surely you can find the rates online by looking at different supplier websites. Nope. Most of the suppliers don’t show their rates online. Or, they don’t show their best rates online.
That’s why if you want to compare business electricity suppliers online, you need to find an energy price comparison website, like ElectricityPlans.com. You can shop for current business electricity rates or get a commercial electricity quote. You can shop based on your zip code, shop based on start month and shop based on your load factor.
So while there may not be a Power to Choose site for businesses, you have tools that can help you make a business energy comparison.