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Here's how many people switched electric plans in 2013
A look back at 2013 by the numbers

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.

ERCOT Switches, 2011-2013


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 mark.

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. 
how often have you switched

For more polling data from TrueCost, click here.  

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