What is a Retail Electric Provider?

Also known as the REP or electricity company you chose for your home or business, a Retail Electric Provider is a company that has been approved by the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUCT) to sell electric services.

A REP is different from the Transmission & Distribution Service Provider (TDSP, also known as the utility company) for your area. The TDSP owns, maintains, and reads the lines, poles, and meters for a given area. You cannot choose your TDSP, but you can choose your REP if you live in a deregulated part of Texas. The REP secures the power you use, the TDSP gets the power to your home.

For example, if you presently receive an electric bill from Direct Energy, then Direct Energy is your REP.

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