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Electric Utilities in Texas
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Power in Texas is delivered by your local electric utility company.
You do have the Power to Choose your Texas energy provider in and around the cities of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Katy, Spring, Plano, Irving, Laredo, Midland, Odessa, and many others, but you cannot choose your utility company. One company services all the wires and poles in your neighborhood.
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Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) is a Lewisville-based electricity utility that is a subsidiary of New Mexico company PNM Resources. TNMP was founded in 1925 and served customers in New Mexico and Texas until the utility’s acquisition by PNM resources in 2006. The utility’s service area includes communities on the Gulf Coast, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the western part of the state.
AEP Texas is an electrical utility formed in 1997 from the merger of several regional utilities in the state. This Corpus Christi-based utility maintains electrical lines, meters, and other hardware for residential and commercial customers throughout Texas. AEP Texas is part of American Electric Power (AEP), which serves customers in 11 states through seven subsidiary companies. AEP Texas provides electrical service to customers in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) area. The company is divided between AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North. AEP Texas serves cities including Abilene, McAllen, and Laredo with a service area extending from the U.S./Mexico border to the Texas/Oklahoma border.
Oncor is a Dallas-based electrical utility company that serves customers throughout northern Texas. The company was founded in 2001 and maintained approximately 134,000 miles of electrical distribution lines as of 2018. Oncor is the largest transmission company within the service area of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Oncor provides electrical service to 120 counties and 410 communities in Texas. These communities include Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland, and Round Rock. Oncor serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers within its service area. The company offers electricity sourced from conventional coal plants as well as wind and solar power.
CenterPoint Energy is a Houston-based utility company that offers electricity and natural gas services. CenterPoint Energy’s gas and electricity products are offered through retail providers to residential and commercial customers. The company received its current name in 2002, though it has connections to the Houston Gas Light Company that originated in 1866. CenterPoint Energy’s service areas differ between electric and natural gas products. The company provides electrical service to customers in eastern Texas including Houston. Customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas receive natural gas service from CenterPoint Energy.