Deregulated Cities in Texas

Find out if you live in a deregulated city in Texas with our electricity deregulation map. Or, look up your ZIP code to see if you live in a regulated or a deregulated energy market.

If you live in an energy-deregulated part of Texas, you have the power to choose your electricity provider. While this gives you, the consumer, access to lower electricity rates, Texas electricity deregulation requires consumers to choose from sometimes hundreds of electricity plans.

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Texas Electricity Deregulation: How it Works

On January 1, 2002, the Texas State Legislature decided to deregulate the electricity industry. It opened up the supply of electricity to competition for the first time in state history. Now, more than half of Texans can choose who to buy their electricity from as the list of retail electricity providers grows

In essence, deregulation means consumers can shop in a competitive market, which has proven to benefit consumers via lower electricity costs. Note: The current utility (also known as a Transmission/Distribution Service Provider or TDSP) in each area still owns and takes care of the local electricity lines. Consumers should call that company in the event of a power outage. Those entities are not subordinate to deregulation.

Map of Deregulated Cities & Electric Cooperatives in Texas

Map of Deregulated Counties in Texas

The colored areas of this deregulation map mark counties and cities where electricity is deregulated. Gray areas denote electric cooperatives or otherwise regulated areas of Texas. Living in a deregulated part of Texas means that one of these five Transmission and Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs) provides your electricity, but you must buy your power from one of many Retail Electricity Providers (REPs) in the form of an electricity contract.

Deregulated Cities in Texas by ZIP Code

The majority of Texas, roughly 85%, is deregulated and open to retail competition in the electricity market. Most electric cooperatives ("co-ops") and municipally-owned utilities ("munis") are exempt and remain regulated. 

Note: Some deregulated cities in Texas, have portions that remain regulated and vice versa. Therefore, we have listed the zip codes that have deregulated meters. Although this does not necessarily indicate all meters in the area are deregulated.

For example, Houston is the largest city and also the biggest deregulated market in the state. It has over 2 million deregulated meters and nearly 800 regulated meters. Conversely, Flower Mound has a population of close to 70,000, but it is largely regulated. 

However, there are still over 11,000 deregulated meters in the city. In the chart below are zip codes that are deregulated.

Note: Some deregulated cities in Texas, have portions that remain regulated and vice versa. Therefore, we have listed the zip codes that have at least 1 deregulated meter in that area. Therefore, this does not necessarily indicate all meters in the area are deregulated.

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Therefore, if you live in one of these zip codes, you are most likely able to choose your electricity provider. But, using our free savings calculator is the easiest way to learn if Energy Ogre can service your home! If so, we would be elated to assist in finding the right electric provider and plan for you.

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Which Major Texas Cities are Deregulated?

Unsure if you live in one of the deregulated cities in Texas? You should call the municipality or co-op that services your area to find out what options are available to you. Some customers served by cooperatives can still choose an alternate retail provider only if the utility (TDSP) has "opted in" to deregulation.

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Do I Live in a Deregulated Part of Texas?

Below is the list of major Texas cities that remain regulated. This is because these energy-regulated Texas cities have municipally-provided utilities or make electricity available from electric cooperatives. That means if you live in the majority of Austin or San Antonio, your energy is regulated and you do not have the power to choose your energy provider.






College Station








New Braunfels

San Marcos

San Antonio

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