In some cities across Texas, including Corpus Christi, people have the option to choose their electric provider.
While an open market is good for business, it is not always good for consumers.
A 2014 report by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power found before deregulation, Texans were paying 6.4 percent below the national residential average, a decade after; people are paying 8.5 above the national average.
“Texas is a really good place to come in, there’s a lot of confusion in the market, there’s not a lot of transparency,” says David Liston, the head of operations of One Big Switch.
The global company, One Big Switch, has made its way to Texas to provide consumers with options.
“Energy providers understand that we got a big membership base, 77,000 people, and that’ll drop their rates to get access to those members,” says Liston.
Spokesperson David Liston says it’s free and simple to join. All you do is enter an e-mail address and your zip code. The company does the shopping and negotiating for you, sending offers to your inbox.
“We use reputable providers, we only use a fixed rate,” says Liston.
Even if you decide to not accept offers, Liston says it is valuable information.
“You can use the offer as leverage, use that as a sort of, hey one big switch gave me a really good offer, can you beat that,” says Liston.
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