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Texas Deregulation

Posted on September 25th, 2013

Volatility within the oil and gas markets has a direct impact on the prices consumers pay for electricity. Likewise, regions that enforce regulated electricity markets pass these price fluctuations onto their consumers. Within the state of Texas, a deregulated market has given Texas residents more control over the prices they pay for electricity.

From Regulation to Deregulation

Prior to 1999, Texas’ electricity market was run by the state government through the Public Utility Commission of Texas or PUCT. State government set the rates consumers paid for electricity and regulated all laws affecting the market. PUCT was also responsible for all aspects of bringing the product to market including the generation, transmission, distribution and selling of electricity services to consumers. Ultimately, PUCT monopolized the market by prohibiting a competitive marketplace.

As of 1999, the Texas Legislature passed a law that deregulated the electricity market and essentially reduced government control over electricity rates. As a result, Texas now has a competitive marketplace made up of Retail Electricity Providers or REPs. The overall effect of the law works to drive prices down by encouraging a competitive marketplace.

The Deregulation System

A deregulated system operates as an open marketplace where multiple companies can compete for consumer dollars. Once the new law passed, the Public Utility Commission of Texas was replaced by individual provider companies, Transmission and Distribution Service Providers (TDSP) and retail suppliers. Provider companies generate the electricity while retail suppliers market the different providers to consumers and sell provider services. TDSPs manage the physical distribution and delivery of electricity to homes and businesses.

Under this system, consumers can shop for the best price rather than settle for whatever rates they were given under the old system. With retail suppliers coordinating service delivery on behalf of consumers, customers benefit from uninterrupted service should they choose to switch between provider companies.

Benefits to the Consumer

On top of the competitive pricing benefits consumers receive, Texas deregulation practices also promote a fair marketplace where the interests of the consumer are protected. Rather than letting government control the marketplace as a business, legislators have confined government’s role to setting reliability and safety standards within market. Ultimately, deregulation enables consumers to choose their provider companies but not their TDSPs. Since TDSPs manage the poles and wires that deliver electricity, their role has more of a direct impact on consumer safety and product delivery. Because of this, TDSPs must adhere to the standard guidelines put in place by the Public Utility Commission, a state-based agency. In this way, customers remain protected under the law while receiving fair treatment in the process.

The benefits of deregulation account for why many other states have switched from regulated to deregulated markets. The many electric companies TXU Energy create great competition in the market. As electricity service exists as a product offering much like any other marketplace commodity, deregulation makes sense when it comes to encouraging an open marketplace where competition drives business.

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Collecting Water with a DIY Rain Barrel

Posted on July 10th, 2013

Collecting rain water is one of the best ways to implement green technology into your household. One of the problems that a lot of homes and families have is that they waste a lot of water throughout the day. You might fill up a huge jug of water just to water your plants outside or indoors. You water the lawn regularly or hose down your car using fresh and clean water from your well or the city. This is a major waste and Read the rest of this entry »

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Where to Buy Organic Cotton Clothes for Kids

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

Do you often worry about the potentially harmful chemicals and dyes that are used in may clothing products today? If so, then you are not alone. People across the globe are beginning to demand more organic cotton clothing, not only for themselves but for their children as well. After all, the chemicals and dyes used in other types of clothing can easily irritate the skin of little ones, while the very process of producing these clothes also harms to environment.

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Simple Recipes for Your Own Green Cleaning Products

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Going green means taking control of what you consume and what you put back into the environment. Cleaning products are one the most common areas where it is easy to over look just what toxins we are using. However, saving money and avoiding the indoor air pollution related to commercial cleaning products can be done with a few simple recipes that are suited for any job.

Cleaning in the bathroom often leads people towards using harsh, abrasive chemicals. These are not necessary for keeping tile clean and hygienic. Baking soda is naturally abrasive, and it can be Read the rest of this entry »

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New Yorkers are Going Green

Posted on December 19th, 2012

New York’s reputation for expansion and progression has been in tact since its annexation. Taking ownership of the first compulsory education laws, the first steamboat, and even the first American chess tournament, New York has always committed itself to paving the way for its fellow states. These days, New York’s commitment to green energy is leading our nation in the right direction once again.

In 2004, New York developed a renewable portfolio standard that demands nearly 30 of its energy supply to stem from renewables by the year 2015. If you’re not familiar with the nationwide data, that’s one of the most ambitious renewable portfolio standards of any state in the nation.

New York legislation has aided the process by introducing policies like energy deregulation for both residential and commercial customers. Deregulation is a simple concept; basically, it means consumers have a right to choose their electricity supplier. It sounds like it could be a convoluted process with all the jargon that surrounds the industry, but with sites like www.shopnaturalgasratesnewyork.com set up for consumers, it’s easy to choose a supplier.

Under a deregulated model, a good deal of New Yorkers now have the opportunity to choose a green energy plan from one of these statewide suppliers. Green energy plans are an important part of New York’s effort to mold its energy supply into something far more sustainable. With more and more New Yorkers incorporating green energy into their home supply, it seems like the state’s renewable portfolio standard should be more than attainable in the coming years. And with New York’s storied history of growth and advancement, it’s more than likely we’ll see it raise the bar even further for green energy in years to come.

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A Review of Electric Powered Lawn Equipment

Posted on September 23rd, 2012

Lawn equipment, gas or electric, the debate rages on. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending upon personal viewpoint, there might be enough information available to sway a gas supporter. A quick search on the web will bring countless arguments about which is best. Everything from durability to power output is used as a pro or con for either side. In an effort to dispel the grudge match, there are some things one should know about electric lawn equipment.

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Plastic Decoded: What Do The Numbers Mean?

Posted on September 19th, 2012

Plastic containers are in widespread use and come with numbers imprinted inside a triangle typically on the bottom of the containers. These numbers are known as SPI codes ranging from one to seven they are strictly for the purpose of recycling sorting. The numbers do not have anything to do with how many times you can use the container.

The SPI numbers do not relate to the use or safety of use of any particular plastic type, they are Read the rest of this entry »

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A Green Garage; Eco Friendly Automotive Products

Posted on September 18th, 2012

Everyone is more concerned about preserving and protecting the earth these days, and our cars should be no different. Give all of your vehicles a chance to go green no matter what color they are. There are so many ways you and your garage can make a worthwhile contribution in the eco friendly world of automotive products.

The highways and byways and backroads, as well as the lakes and rivers, are buzzing with activity. Even the most remote areas are often visited by all-terrain vehicles. As the Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Lawn Care; Alternative to Pesticides

Posted on September 16th, 2012

Patches of dead, spongy turf in your lawn can mean you have a grub problem; brown patches surrounded by yellow grass can indicate the presence of aphids. While your first instinct, when spotting these attacks on your lawn, might be to run out to the lawn and garden center for chemicals, you can prevent insect invasions, and eradicate lawn-killing insects from your yard, without adding toxins to your soil.
A healthy lawn is better able to resist insect damage.Additional information Read the rest of this entry »

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Organic Gardening Basics, Where to begin

Posted on September 15th, 2012

Congratulations on your decision to begin not only gardening, but organic gardening. Your decision means your are independent and self-reliant; these are two skills sorely lacking in today’s society.

To begin an organic garden one must first decide where to start the garden. A corner of a yard is ideal, and partition off your area with markers for the actual garden. Use a tiller or tractor to turn the land and break up the current vegetation. Once done, you will need Read the rest of this entry »

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