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Welcome to News and Insights, where we focus on the electric market and share updates about the TrueCost Electric Portal.

What happens when an electric company goes out of business?
Rates could increase under the "Provider of Last Resort"


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When an electric company shutters, the two big takeaways are: 1. you won't lose power, but 2. you may lose money.
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What it takes to start selling electricity
Wondering if just anyone can start a company selling electricity? The answer is no.


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Not just anyone can start-up an electric company. It takes a good deal of retail market experience and a solid foundation to serve Texas electric consumers. And the Public Utility Commission of Texas is watching over it.
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What happens when your plan expires?
Your electric rate could go up by 65%!


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If you're not on a fixed price contract for your electricity, do you know how much you're overpaying?  We do the math for you.
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The Year in Electric Prices
A summary of 2013 and a look ahead


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Now that the statewide CenterPoint Energy Electric Price Index reaches it's third full year of analysis, what trends have proven true once again?  What has changed?
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Is the rate worth the reward?
Questions about gift card promotions


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With holiday shopping on everyone’s to-do lists, we’ve noticed that some electric suppliers are offering gift cards as an incentive to sign up for their plans. But before you grab a gift card offer and sign up for a year of electricity, do the math -- or let us do it for you.
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Why you can't see today's meter data
A look inside how your utility gathers smart meter data


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A look inside how the smart meter network gets your data from your meter, to your utility, to TrueCost, and back to you.
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Prices staying low, three-month plans on the move
Electric price trends for the end of October 2013


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Electric prices in Texas are staying low in their respective service areas. This week we again highlight the short-term superstars: three-month plans.
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Switching too early can be costly
Know your plan expiration date!


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It’s great to see Texans taking an active role in selecting the best electric plan for their home or business. But we’ve seen some folks jumping the gun and switching too soon, which is usually a costly mistake.  
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Get a convenient daily email with your smart meter data
This can be useful for saving money on your electric bill


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Your meter data can be useful for saving money on your electric bill by helping you reduce consumption in smart ways; now that data is one step closer to your fingers with our daily smart meter data email.
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How energy efficient are new homes?
Usage per square foot falls dramatically


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How much more efficient are homes being built today compared to older homes? 
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