Electric companies in Dallas TX

by jsgs45 on November 19, 2010

Electricity Texas CompareA comparison of electric rate plans and companies in Dallas Texas involves bundling in fees and charges.

Many people do not realize that the price of the gasoline you put into your car at the gas pump is about 40% taxes and fees.

Electricity Texas Compare

When you look at the advertised price on the big billboard at the gas station you know all fees and charges are bundled into the price.

Unfortunately many Dallas Texas electric companies like to hide government fees and taxes from the Dallas rate plan.

All electricity companies will leave off the sales taxes from the rate but that is not what we are talking about here.

Typical fees left off a Dallas electricity rate plan from tricky electric providers include the following:

  • Ancillary charges
  • Electric Meter defined rate price
  • TDSP Charges
  • Fuel surcharges

Now not all Dallas energy service providers hide fees and charges but there are those that do and so it is worth letting you know about these schemes.

Ancillary charges are additional charges that get tagged on to your rate because of the costs associated with the generation and transmission of electricity. Although your retail electric provider is only passing these charges through they should be bundling them into their advertised rate so you know what you will be paying and have the ability to compare these rates with other Dallas electric companies.

Electric meter defined rate is when an electricity company advertises a rate in which their electricity customers sign up based on that price only to be charged a different rate based on the date the meter is read and switched into their name. Basically the provider charges the customer the market price at the time the meter is read rather than the rate they advertised to the customer when they called to order electric service.

TDSP Charges are the pass through charges that come from the transmission and generation company. These are not the responsibility of the retail electric provider so some providers will not include these in their advertised price. By not bundling in TDSP charges some providers rates will look about 3 cents cheaper than their competitors. This offers an easy way for Dallas electricity companies to sucker in unsuspecting customers as the industry standard pricing structure in Texas is to bundle these into the advertised rate plan. By deviating from the standard customers think the devious electric company is the same as the competitors only cheaper.

Fuel Surcharges are the raw commodity cost associated to a “fixed rate” that has a variable changing component to that fixed cost. So although it will be advertised as a fixed electric rate a part of the rate will change in price based upon fuel commodity price increases or decreases. This has the effect of making an advertised fixed rate not really a fixed rate at all which is confusing to most customers that sign up for a rate plan like this. This also suggests that the Dallas electric companies that offer such a rate plan know that they are capitalizing from the dishonest purposeful confusion to their customers with such a rate plan.

Dallas TX Electricity CompareWe hope this has given you some useful tools in your arsenal when comparing Dallas electricity suppliers and rate plans. As you can see there are many ways to get confused during the process of searching for a cheap electricity rate.

We offer a comparison chart that bundles in all fees and charges excluding taxes allowing you to easily compare Dallas fixed electricity rate plans with one another. We also compare variable rate offers from multiple electricity providers but these can change after the first month so as a safety precaution we recommend fixed electric rate plans over variable in order to get the best value and to make an accurate comparison.

To begin your apples to apples electric rate comparison just enter your zip code in the box at the top right and click “Compare” or call us at 1-800-971-4020

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