Texas legislator wants to kill Power to Choose website

Houston Chronicle, By L.M. Sixel

Updated10:31 am CST, Friday, February 8, 2019

A state-sponsored website millions of Texans use to shop for electricity could be on the chopping block.

Texas Rep. Jared Patterson, a freshman Republican who represents Denton County, wants the Public Utility Commission to drop Power to Choose, the website introduced two decades ago when Texas deregulated the electricity industry. Patterson has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would eliminate the website that compares dozens of electricity plans, arguing that the  government shouldn't be competing with private businesses.

"Government doesn't offer pricing comparison sites for groceries or car tires, and shouldn't for electricity rates either," said Patterson.

Patterson is director of energy services at Rapid Power Management, a retail electric brokerage firm based in Carrollton that buys electricity on behalf of manufacturers and commercial clients.

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