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Electricity Procurement Services

Electricity consulting and procurement services are offered under Texas SmartBuy Contract 961-M2 awarded by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Statewide Procurement Division to Texas Energy Aggregation. Services include strategy development, market intelligence, as well as procurement of retail power, demand response and renewable energy.

Eligible customers are municipal entities, school districts, utility districts, water authorities, state agencies and universities that participate in Texas SmartBuy. Fees for using procurement services are described in Texas SmartBuy Contract 961-M2.

Texas Energy Aggregation provides two unique opportunities to drive down electricity expenses through the participation in the State of Texas Renewable Energy Cooperative and through their on-site services.

Texas Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC)

The Texas Renewable Energy Co-op contract is now available through September 16, 2019.

TREC is a renewable energy purchasing cooperative that enables institutions to purchase renewable energy directly for cost savings and long-term budget certainty.

Benefits of TREC include:

  • Low, long-term fixed-pricing for a block of power: around 3 cents/kWh for up to half of an organization’s electricity usage
  • Ability to participate even if there are years remaining on your current contract— the renewable energy will be included in your next power contract
  • A transparent, competitive bidding process
  • Aggregated purchasing power with the largest public sector users in Texas
  • Procurement of renewable generation to meet environmental and sustainability goals
  • Ensured safety and accountability using Comptroller’s Statewide Purchasing Division
  • Competitively sourced shorter-term retail power contracts deliver the low-cost, wholesale block

Why it is best to act now:

  • A large aggregation has already formed, including state agencies, cities, medical institutions, college districts, and public and private universities
  • Federal tax credits for renewable energy begin stepping down in 2020
  • The Request for Proposal is already completed
  • Expert consultants on contract with the State Comptroller’s Office are available to offer strategy and market intelligence

Steps to Participate in TREC:

  1. Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI)

    Download, sign, and submit the LOI (PDF). The LOI demonstrates an interest to receive cooperative pricing. There is no obligation to accept any offer.

  2. Submit a Letter of Authorization (LOA)

    For meters in deregulated areas, download, sign and submit the LOA Request for Historical Electricity Usage (PDF). Complete and email the LOA to Texas Energy Aggregation. For meters in regulated areas, please submit 12 consecutive monthly bills.

  3. Receive Pricing and Contract Offer

    Upon receiving the LOI and LOA, Texas Energy Aggregation will email the contract and pricing offer. Receiving the pricing and contract offer is in no way binding. The deadline for signing the contract is September 16, 2019.

  4. Execute Contracting Documents

    Obtain all necessary legal review and authorization according to organization’s procurement rules before signing and returning documents.

Download the One Pager (PDF) about TREC.

On-site Services

Solar Energy

Behind-the-meter, on-site solar energy reduces escalating demand and delivery costs and can reduce energy costs, while also providing clean and resilient power to facilities. Each kWh generated on site is accompanied by zero hub-to-zone (“nodal”) charges, and reduces transmission costs by shaving your peak load. Solar arrays may be ground-mounted, rooftop or used as carport shade. On-site systems are both a visible commitment to saving energy costs for public institutions and a teaching tool for the classroom. Texas Energy Aggregation can work directly with a client’s electricity provider, local cooperative or municipal electricity company for added value and simplicity.

Demand Response

Demand response service provides revenue and cost savings through voluntary load shedding or dispatching backup generation during rare moments of over-demand on the grid. Demand response can also fund the majority cost of new backup generation for added on-site energy resiliency. Especially when combined with variable-price contracts, demand response delivers added value by reducing on-site electricity consumption during times of the day and year when the demand charges are at their highest rates.

Eligible customers for the Electricity Procurement Services are municipal entities, school districts, state agencies and universities in both competitive and non-competitive electricity regions of Texas.

To learn more, contact Texas Energy Aggregation.