McAllen becomes the latest city to join the Texas Power Switch, allowing residents to save hundreds on their electricity bills with 100% renewable energy plans.

HOUSTON, Texas – The McAllen City Commission recently approved a partnership with Texas Power Switch, a licensed Texas energy aggregator that facilitates residential group energy buying programs. A free and voluntary service, Texas Power Switch leverages the power of the group to negotiate competitive, fixed-rate plans. Anyone living in a deregulated part of the State can participate, and there is no cost or financial benefit to the City of McAllen in making it available to its residents. McAllen’s approval follows a number of other cities across Texas that have already established partnerships, including the cities of Waco and Tomball.

How does it work? 

Interested residents can sign up without obligation at Texas Power Switch will then organize a reverse auction where retail electricity providers bid to offer the lowest electricity rate. The provider with the lowest rate wins, and their plan is offered exclusively to Texas Power Switch participants. It is then up to each participant to decide if they want to accept or decline the offer. Texas Power Switch runs three reverse auctions per year, producing two winning plans per auction, a 12 and 36-month plan.

When can I join?

The next energy auction is taking place on January 25, and Texans are invited to register now. The more people registered before the auction, the greater the power of the group and the bigger the savings. To date, over 43,000 people have participated and those who switched during the last program are saving on average $270 per year, despite increasing electricity prices. The savings are even greater for those who were out of contract. In addition to the financial savings, Texas Power Switch only offers 100% renewable energy plans, providing participants with clean power.

Participants from previous programs are pleased with the program and the savings they secured. Emily from Mansfield explained, “The process was super easy. The rate was more competitive than what I had. Plus, with Texas Power Switch changing everything over for me regarding the new plan, it was completely painless.”

The auction is only a week away on January 25. Residents interested in participating can register online at If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 888-376-2077.

Please note: Households served by electric cooperatives and municipally-owned utilities are unable to participate; however, any household in a deregulated service area is invited to participate.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Liz Adams, project officer for Texas Power Switch. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author. Adams can be reached by email via: [email protected]

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above guest column shows McAllen City Hall.

Quality journalism takes time, effort and…. Money!

Producing quality journalism is not cheap. The coronavirus has resulted in falling revenues across the newsrooms of the United States. However, The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service is committed to producing quality news reporting on the issues that matter to border residents. The support of our members is vital in ensuring our mission gets fulfilled. 

Can we count on your support? If so, click HERE. Thank you!

Keep on top of the big stories affecting the Texas-Mexico. Join our mailing list to receive regular email alerts.

Sign-up for the latest news

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact