Posted by Shane McLaughlin
on 01/16/2014 at 2:22 PM
As you may remember, we reported in May
that "switches" in Texas were trending higher year-over-year. Now that the 2013 data is wrapped up, we can report that Texans set an all-time switch record
A "switch" is defined as a change of electric providers by the same customer at the same meter; people moving in/out of a residence are not included in these numbers. Below you will find the final numbers from ERCOT
, as well as the past two years for comparison.
The number of switches for Texas in 2013 increased more than 6 percent from the prior year, which saw growth of 12.6 percent over 2011. In addition, for reference, the state estimates
that Texas' population grew by 2% during the same period.
If the competitive areas of Texas only see a 4 percent increase in 2014, it would reach the one million
Here's a few additional facts from the 2013 data:
October experienced the most switches. More than 4,000 customers per day switched companies
January was the least popular month for switches, with only 1,800 customers switching each day
TrueCost conducts polls throughout the year and recently we asked "How often have you switched?"
Below is the breakdown of the 1,332 people who responded.