Petition to transfer load to ERCOT
Houston County Electric Cooperative, Inc. will continue to be your electric provider. Your bills will continue to come from HCEC. If you have an outage or service issues, you will contact HCEC as you always have. You will notice no changes in service from HCEC.
East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“ETEC”) supplies energy and transmission services to HCEC. As a result, HCEC’s rates are linked to the costs incurred by ETEC. The request by ETEC to transfer certain substation facilities into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was proposed with two goals in mind: (1) reducing power costs and (2) diversifying and balancing ETEC’s system amongst the available electric markets (like ERCOT). These goals ultimately lead to potential cost savings for HCEC and its members.
HCEC is committed to providing affordable electric power to all its members and supports ETEC’s requested transfer of facilities into ERCOT as part of that commitment.
For questions about the petition, please contact us at 936-544-5641.
If you would like to express your support for ETEC’s petition at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, please let us know at 936-544-5641 or download the letter below to send to the Public Utility Commission of Texas!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will we be billed by another company? Who do we contact for service issues or an outage?
A: HCEC will continue to be your electric provider. The proposed change to ERCOT will be transparent to HCEC membership. You will continue to contact HCEC for any service issues or billing questions. HCEC will continue sending your monthly electric bill.
Q: When will I see a reduction in my rates?
A: The purpose of the transfer is to reduce future power costs, however, those cost savings may not be immediately realized. HCEC is committed to providing power at affordable rates and is supporting this transfer as part of that long-term commitment.
Q: Do I need to intervene?
A: To express your support for ETEC’s transfer, you do not have to intervene in the docket. If you would like to formally express your support for the proceeding at the Public Utility Commission, please contact HCEC at 936-544-5641 for further instruction on how to do so.
Q: Who is ETEC?
A: East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ETEC) is a generation and transmission electric cooperative that was formed in 1987 by a group of ten electric cooperatives (including HCEC) that pooled their resources to ultimately provide safe, reliable, and affordable power to their members.
Q: When will we know if the transfer is approved?
A: The final say is dependent upon the Public Utility Commission, but we expect a final decision at some point this year.