As you’re probably aware, we’ve seen some pretty extreme heat in Texas over the past week. In fact, we set a new statewide record on Tuesday 8/13 for energy consumption, with prices reaching the maximum allowable amount of $9,000 per MWh, or $9.00 per kWh. In short, increased demand caused real-time energy prices to skyrocket. If you happen to be on a fixed-rate contract, you were protected against these historic price spikes. If you are paying exclusively real-time prices, however, you haven’t been quite so lucky. One company, in particular, has been actively marketing these “wholesale price plans” all over town. You may have heard their radio ads, seen their provocative billboards or comical social media posts. If you’ve ever wondered how those plans really work, then you’ve come to the right place.
The other week after a company presentation, we heard some interesting news: for the first time ever, Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal so far this year. This news would have been pretty hard to fathom 20 years ago when electricity from wind was fairly new to Texas, but data released last month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%.
Power outages are not uncommon though generally they’re associated with weather conditions. However, one of the most populated cities in the world recently made front-page news when more than 70,000 customers were without electricity on July 13th for over three hours. Ironically, on the 42nd anniversary of a blockbuster 1977 power outage which threw New York City into chaos years ago, there was one big looming question, how did this happen?
Smart plugs are an easy and affordable way to add some intelligence to your home. Plugging them directly into an outlet, they will give you basic control over nearly anything you plug into them. Using an app on a tablet or phone, you can easily turn items on and off, and control more settings with certain devices.
It’s officially Hurricane Season (June 1st to November 30th) and time to ask yourself, are you ready? These massive storm systems carry a slew of potential threats like powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. Many of us are all too familiar with the devastation associated with Hurricanes and know how crucial it is to make sure you and your family are prepared before, during, and after a storm, NOW. Below are some quick touch points from Ready.gov to make sure you’ve covered your bases for whatever may come our way this season.
For most of us, setting up or switching our electricity services has become a simple but unsophisticated task. It’s not an exciting purchase you’ve been saving up for or something you’ve been eyeing for a while. It’s a household commodity for all of us, and more so for business owners. However, it CAN be a rewarding shopping experience – if you understand the process.
Today, and every day, we celebrate Earth Day and join Earth Day Network, the world’s largest environmental movement, as they work year-round to solve climate change, end plastic pollution, and protect endangered species. As they work to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe, our team at APG&E is proud to participate and encourage our customers to help care for our planet. Here’s how being an APG&E customer helps Mother Earth.
The noise created by gimmicky electricity plans in the market place have made it difficult for consumers to clearly identify the most appropriate plan to fit their needs. Some electricity plans are marketed in such a way where the customer is led to believe that the functional name of the product or plan, such as “Fixed Rate”, is synonymous with how the customer will be invoiced. Unfortunately, despite all the due diligence performed the customer, they may still end up with the short end of the stick if they are not aware of the gimmicks. How will you know the difference between what looks like a great plan and the real thing? We're here to help.
We are proud to announce that APG&E has been named one of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. We are extremely proud of this recognition.