About

Commercial ElectricityTEPA is a self-regulating body aimed at standardizing processes and ensuring aggregators, brokers and consultants (A/B/C) maintain an acceptable level of market knowledge and responsibility while transacting in the marketplace.

Members of the A/B/C indirect sales channel community provide a forum for developing common interests and upholding the integrity and maintaining the honor in the deregulated retail electricity market.

Working with a TEPA member ensures consumers are working with a company dedicated to providing quality, ethical service. CEP members have demonstrated acumen with regard to energy structuring and purchasing that allows consumers to focus on their business.

Every TEPA applicant undergoes a substantial application process, as well as commits to continuing education in the energy field. By combining this with a best-in-class network of other professionals, consumers are guaranteed their energy purchases are in the hands of an expert.

Learn the Benefits of Working With TEPA Members

Why work with a TEPA-certified professional?

Utilizing a TEPA-certified energy professional ensures that you are working with a company dedicated to providing quality and ethical service…not simply an agent to any one individual energy provider. Our members have a demonstrated acumen with regard to energy structuring and purchasing that allows you to focus on your business. Each TEPA applicant undergoes a substantial application process as well as commits to continued education in the energy field. By combining this with a best-in-class network of other professionals, you are guaranteed that your energy purchases are in the hands of an expert.

What to expect from a TEPA-certified professional?

All TEPA members provide energy procurement bids from multiple suppliers in the market. These offers are transparent to you the customer and provide a truly independent view of the marketplace. Included in these offers will be an apples-to-apples comparison of the different energy providers vying for your business, the savings or value proposition associated with each individual bid as well as a complete understanding of the differences between supplier contracts.

By working with numerous clients on a daily basis, each TEPA member will have a solid knowledge both of the marketplace as well as each individual energy provider you are considering. This approach allows you to save time when procuring your energy and clarifies all your options with regards to product, price, term and billing optionality.

How should the process work?

Our members specialize in providing market knowledge to help you make the best energy procurement choice for your company. Although styles vary among consultants, you will generally be asked to sign a Letter of Authorization (LOA) so that a consultant can begin pricing your energy load with suppliers. This document obligates you to nothing more than allowing the consultant to receive usage from the regulated wires company that supports your load. In no instance will the consultant be able to sign a contract on your behalf or include any exclusivity language on the LOA.

Once your usage data is received by the consultant, it will then be submitted to multiple energy providers for pricing. All terms and fees will be matched up evenly across the market of suppliers created and will allow you to understand the differences beyond simply price. These differences include products, days to pay your bill, consumption allocation, meter fees, wholesale charges and many more items that can make the decision difficult for an uninformed purchaser.

Lastly, once a supplier is selected and a contract signed, our members will make sure that your contract is managed properly by the chosen energy provider. This means making sure that you are being billed properly, are receiving all the appropriate charges and generally holding the provider to the contract to which you both have agreed.

Texas Deregulation History

ELECTRIC CHOICE BEGINS

On January 1, 2002, most regions throughout the state of Texas were deregulated allowing both businesses and homeowners to compare electric service and price offerings from Retail Electric Providers (REPs). A map of the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region can be viewed here (link to map of ERCOT). Co-operative Utilities and Municipal Utilities have the opportunity to opt-in and participate in deregulation, but are not required to participate. Consumers of electricity now have the ability to choose their supplier of electricity while the delivery of the power (poles and wires) remains the responsibility of the “regulated” power company. Customers have the capability to choose an electricity supplier that best fits their needs based upon price, contract terms and conditions, product structure, financial stability and available service and billing options. Along with customer choice comes the necessity to understand, review, manage and facilitate the electric supply bid process as well as assess current market conditions.

REGULATED SERVICES

The delivery of electricity across poles and wires is provided by Transmission and Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs). These services are currently provided to you by your local wires company, which is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure and responding to emergencies and power outages. The Public Utility Commission continues to regulate transmission and distribution service to ensure the safety and reliability of your electric service regardless of which Retail Electric Provider you choose. You do not have the ability to choose your local wires company.

Before deregulation, your electric service was provided by a single electric utility; Texas Utilities (TXU), Reliant Energy, Central Power & Light (CP&L), Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP), or West Texas Utilities (WTU). Your provider was determined solely upon the location of the business or residence. To receive electric service, you simply called the local utility company that had the exclusive right to provide service in your area and paid the scheduled tariff rate set by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) (http://www.puc.state.tx.us). No contract terms and conditions were required.

DEREGULATED SERVICES

With electric competition, Retail Electric Providers (REPs) sell electricity to you and provide functions such as customer service, pricing structures and billing options. These companies purchase electricity from competing power plants and electricity is delivered to your home or business over the poles and wires of your local wires company. REPs compete for your business by offering lower prices, renewable energy options, added customer service benefits or other incentives. With electricity deregulation, you now have the ability to choose the REP that best fits your needs. If you do not choose a provider, your electric service will be provided by your Affiliate REP – a company affiliated with your local wires company at the tariff rate.

No matter which REP provides your service, the PUCT continues to enforce customer protection and regulate the delivery of electricity to ensure it is delivered safely and reliably by the TDSP.

TEPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President

Michael Harris, president of Unified Energy

Michael Harris

Unified Energy

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713-820-6181


Vice President

David Roylance, prism energy solutions

David Roylance

Prism Energy Solutions

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713-301-4218


Secretary

Perry Ruthven, secretary of priority power

Perry Ruthven

Priority Power

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817 994 2285

 


Treasurer

Marilyn Fox, treasurer

Marilyn Fox

Fox, Smolen & Associates

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512-426-5167


Past President

Paul Ward,past president

Paul Ward

Summit Energy Services, Inc.

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972.227.7487

 

At Large Directors

St. Clair Newbern IV, President and CEO of LiveEnergy.com

St. Clair Newbern IV

Live Energy Inc

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214-699-4441

Scott Heath

Scott Heath

Good Energy

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972-200-9770

Elisa Kaplan

Lantern Power

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713-582-6787

TEPA COMMITTEES

New Membership

Andrew Barth (Chair)
World Energy
832-754-4883
ABarth@worldenergy.com

Standards and Compliance

Dan Montgomery (Chair)
Tradition Energy
214-414-2960
dan.montgomery@TraditionEnergy.com

Jeffrey Shoaf
Amerex Energy Services
281-340-5247
jshoaf@amerexenergy.com

Jim Vonderhaar
Summit Energy
713-554-1602
jim.vonderhaar@summitenergy.com

John Bick
Priority Power
214-783-2894
jbick@prioritypower.net

David Booty
Power Brokers, LLC
469-916-1313
david.booty@powerbrokersusa.com

Legislative/Regulatory

Paul Smolen (Chair)
Fox, Smolen & Associates
512-619-5314
smolen@foxsmolen.com

Marilyn Fox
Fox, Smolen & Associates
512-426-5167
fox@foxsmolen.com

Michael Lewis
Entelrgy
281-221-2711
fml@entelrgy.com

Walter D. Fenoglio
Texas Energy Aggregation
254-751-0364
walt.fenoglio@texasenergyaggregation.com

Brian Markham
TES Energy Services
972-447-0447 x 101
brian@tesenergyservices.com

Public Relations

Paul Ward (Chair)
Summit Energy Services, Inc.
972-227-7487
paul.ward@summitenergy.com

St. Clair Newbern IV
Live Energy Inc
214-699-4441
stclair@liveenergy.com

TJ Ermoian
Texas Energy Aggregation
254-723-2231
tj.ermoian@texasenrgyaggregation.com

2013 Conference and Meetings

Shannon McGriff (Chair)
Unified Energy
832-319-7777
shannon@unifiedenergy.com

Web-Site & IT

St. Clair Newbern IV (Chair)
Live Energy Inc
214-293-2810
stclair@liveenergy.com

Petar Dimov
SunziCloud
469-230-4694
pdimov@sunzicloud.com

Education & Certification

Michael Lewis (Chair)
Entelrgy
281-221-2711
FML@Entelrgy.com

Current TEPA Officers

President

Michael Harris
Unified Energy Services, LLC
713-820-6181
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Vice President

David Roylance
Prism Energy Solutions
713-636-2773
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Secretary

Perry Ruthven
Priority Power
817-994-2285
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Treasurer

Marilyn Fox
Fox, Smolen & Associates
512-426-5167
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