Electric Deregulation Offers Harlingen Many Options

In the past, one company provided electric service within a designated electric service area (generation, transmission and distribution, and retail sales). With deregulation, these parts are separated into different companies. Generation, or production of electricity, was deregulated in 1995, resulting in an ample supply of new, cleaner and more efficient power plants throughout Texas.

The actual delivery of electricity across poles and wires is called transmission and distribution. These services are provided in Harlingen by American Electric Power (AEP), which is responsible for maintaining the poles and wires, and responding to emergencies and power outages.

With electric competition, retail electric providers sell electricity and provide functions such as customer service and billing. Retail electric providers compete for business by offering lower prices, renewable energy options, added customer service benefits or other incentives.
No matter which retail electric provider provides service, the Public Utility Commission continues to enforce customer protections and regulate the delivery of electricity to ensure it is delivered safely and reliably by the local wires company.


Electric Companies Serving Harlingen

  • CPL Retail Energy
  • Reliant Energy
  • TXU
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Texas Power Company
  • First Choice Power
  • Amigo Energy
  • Simple Power
  • Hino Electric Power
  • Magic Valley Electric Co-op
  • AEP American Electric Power
  • Constellation New Energy
  • STSS-Energy Group
  • Nueces Electric Co-op
  • Gexa Energy


Gas Companies Serving Harlingen

  • Hino Gas Sales
  • Texas Gas Services