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What is a Texas Retail Electricity Provider (REP)?

In the 10+ years that Texas consumers have reaped the benefits of deregulation, there remains some confusion over the terminology and details of what it means to have a deregulated energy market. Not everyone understands the difference between who provides the energy, who delivers the energy, and how that relationship works.

Bounce Energy stands on the side of the consumer: since each customer can choose the Texas Retail Electricity Provider that suits his or her needs, we feel that it's a great idea to educate those customers.

A Basic Definition

A company like Bounce Energy is defined as a Texas Retail Electricity Provider (REP). In a deregulated energy market, we are one of several companies from which you can buy the electricity you use for your home or business. For example, we compete with REP's like Reliant Energy and TXU Energy to buy, sell, and broker electricity in order to provide the best possible energy rates for our customers, both new and old.

In other words, an REP buys electricity from power generators, and you buy it from the REP of your choice.

Then Who is the Utility Company?

A Retail Electricity Provider is different from a Transmission and Delivery Service Provider (TDSP). The TDSP is the company that owns, maintains, and reads the lines, poles, and meters in a given service area. Also known as the TDU or utility company, the TDSP for a given area brings the electricity to the homes ans businesses. And if you have an outage (non-payment related) in your area, you need to call your TDSP - not your REP. There are 5 different TDSP's that service the deregulated areas of Texas: Oncor, Centerpoint, Texas-New Mexico Power, AEP North, and AEP Central.

Here is the best way to tell the difference between the two:

  1. The REP sells electricity to the customer.
  2. The TDSP delivers the electricity to the customer's house. It also charges a customer to provide service for the electricity used. "Service" includes delivering energy to the customer's home or business, reading the meter to determine energy usage, fixing a downed pole or power line to correct an outage, and other such operations.

In short, deregulation means that you - the customer - choose the Texas REP you want from a wide spectrum of competing companies (though we hope you choose Bounce Energy), but you do not choose your TDSP. All of the REP's compete in all of the TDSP service areas, but a customer will only have 1 specific TDSP transmit and deliver that electricity.

For more information on these terms, please visit the following links:

  1. PUC REP Overview
  2. ERCOT TDSP Overview
  3. Power To Choose FAQ

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