Texas Electricity Glossary
Ever feel like your electricity bill is mocking you? Or maybe it’s not that collective ouch everyone feels when we open our bills and realize we could probably benefit from switching our electricity providers (thank you deregulation). Maybe, just maybe, it’s simply a case of needing information on our electricity service, and not knowing where to get it. Today I am going to venture into new territory: The Texas electricity glossary.
I found a few confusing terms that I felt would be good for all of us to have a little clarity on. Of course, there are plenty more to peruse within the glossary itself, but I’ll post a few just for fun, or functionality, or whichever you may prefer.
A unit of energy equivalent to one kilowatt (kW) of power expended for one hour of time. The amount of electricity you use each billing period is expressed in terms of a kilowatt-hour, and is noted on your bill.
Duly noted indeed. Kilowatt-hour is especially prominent in rate-plan descriptions and price comparison, so it’s a nice little nugget of information.
Retail Electric Provider
A company that sells electricity to customers. All retail electric providers must be certified to do business by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Okay, when you research companies in your area, it’s important to realize the difference between an energy marketer, or retail electric provider, and the company that maintains and delivers your electricity. Many times in case of outages, your transmission company will be the appropriate contact for information, not the provider who you purchase service from.