Aug. 8, 2020
Midland is a small city in southwestern Texas, with a population of around 146,038, making it the 24th most populous city in the state. The city is part of the Permian Basin, putting it at the center of the country's oil industry. Due to state-wide energy deregulation, Midland residents can choose from several electricity plans by the multiple electricity providers that cater to the city. Residents can also save on energy by comparing different Midland electricity rates and choosing the best energy plan for their needs.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the state of Texas is the biggest energy producer in the United States and relies mainly on crude oil, natural gas, and coal, for fuel. It also houses the Permian Basin, which is the largest natural resource (oil) pocket in the US. However, the demand for renewable energy is increasing, especially in bigger cities such as Houston and Dallas, and more electricity companies are offering green energy plans, albeit at a higher per kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate.
For all Midland residents, your electricity bill is divided into two main categories – supply and delivery services.
Supplier service is simply the process of electricity generation. The electric rates of suppliers depend on the cost of electricity generation, and that can depend on the method of production. The retail electricity suppliers in Midland include TXU Energy, Frontier Utilities, First Choice Power, Payless Power (SmarTricity Premier), Cirro Energy, 4Change Energy (Maxx Saver), TriEagle Energy, Direct Energy, Reliant, and Gexa Energy. Additionally, Midland Energy provides renewable energy options to residents.
Each electric company offers various energy plans, plan lengths, and rates.
Your local utility company provides electric delivery. The utility company is also known as the Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) provider, or Transmission Distribution Service Provider (TDSP). Furthermore, the local TDU manages power lines and handles power outages, on top of delivering electricity.
The primary charge is the TDSP Delivery Charge. Other charges include the Gross Receipts Reimbursement Charge and the PUC Assessment. You may also find non-recurring fees for items such as new service commencement.
Customers in the City of Midland have Oncor Electric Delivery Company as their default local utility services provider.
You can learn more about Midland electricity rates and tariffs here.
The State of Texas deregulated energy supply in 2002. Energy deregulation allows all Midland residents to choose a retail electric provider (REP). You can find different energy providers offering competitive energy rates via a number of electricity plans.
Due to commercial electric markets, Texas electricity prices have been reduced below the national average. However, green energy plans still command higher rates compared to traditional plans.
If you don’t choose an energy company, you will receive Oncor’s standard offer delivery or a Provider of Last Resort (POLR) plan. Your default energy rate is your Price to Compare, which is regulated and approved by the PUCT.
You can use the Price to Compare to see what energy company is offering the best energy services, prices, and electricity plans.
Every Midland customer can choose their REP for electric service. Some REPs offer lower rates, while others offer average prices with free service add-ons.
In any case, you can compare the energy plans, electricity service, and rates of each REP, in order to make an informed decision. You can try to shop for rates yourself, but look out for the fine print, hidden fees, and any possibilities of escalating rates (once your term ends).
Alternatively, you can use Arbor’s free TrueRate Protection service to automatically find and switch to the best Midland electricity rates in your area.
Arbor scans the market and gives you the best rates you can get in your service area. When your contract term is expiring, Arbor finds the best rate and switches you again. You always pay the best rate and never have to worry about overpaying for electricity ever again.
You can also use the free savings calculator to find out how much you could save in each case.
All retail electricity providers offer different plan features, lengths, and rates. Some offer additional benefits such as free nights, charge based on average energy usage, and auto-pay options.
Changing your REP is easy. Simply get a copy of your energy bill to check your current REP and electric rate. You can use Arbor to find the best rate in your area and switch to the lowest cost supplier quickly to save time.
Furthermore, you can use Arbor to find the best rate in your area by using our free savings calculator.
Furthermore, you will find different types of plans depending on the companies. These are the three plan options you’ll find in Midland.
Fixed-Rate Plans: Fixed-rate plans are not affected by fluctuating energy market rates and require customers to pay the same rate throughout the duration of their contract. We recommend fixed-rate plans because they provide price certainty and minimize risk. But be careful: when your term expires, your rate becomes variable and can go up without notice. Arbor automatically keeps you on the best fixed-rate plan, so you don’t have to worry about rate hikes at the end of your term.
Variable-Rate Plans: Variable-rate plans are charged based on the prevalent wholesale electricity prices. You may end up paying a different rate each month. When demand is high, you will be paying higher electricity rates, and when demand is low, you’ll have lower rates.
Prepaid Plans: Prepaid plans let you pay for your electricity usage beforehand and save you the hassle of making monthly payments. When you ‘deposit electricity’, you can avoid credit checks and financial deposits.
Some plans may ask you for a deposit. However, plans available through Arbor never require a deposit.
As a residential electricity consumer in Midland, you will get delivery services from the Oncor Electric Delivery Company. However, you can choose from several REPs. Furthermore, you can use the Price to Compare or your current rate and compare it with energy plans offered by other REPs.
You should check what each plan offers in terms of benefits, savings, and additional services, as well as which plans offer the best rate.
Additionally, you can take advantage of various savings programs such as Texas Saver, Saver Deluxe, and Maxx Saver.
You can also check out how you can save on your energy bill with Oncor. But bills and electric plans are complicated, which is why people trust Arbor to manage their electricity service for them, ensuring that they always pay the best electricity rate available in Midland.
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