The Electric Utility Marketing Managers of Texas (EUMMOT) is a voluntary organization of electric investor-owned utilities formed to address utility industry energy efficiency issues. EUMMOT is comprised of the following ten utilities: AEP Texas Central, AEP Texas North, CenterPoint, El Paso Electric, Entergy Texas, Oncor, SWEPCO, Texas-New Mexico Power, Xcel Energy and Sharyland Utilities.
Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs), also referred to as Transmission & Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs) or the “wires companies,” provide the acutal delivery of electricity (transmission and distribution). The TDUs are responsible for maintaining the poles, wires, and meters that deliver and measure the electricity consumed by a home or business. In addition, the TDUs read the meters and provide the amount of electricity consumed to the Retail Electric Providers (REPs), and for restoring service when there is a power outage.
In 1999, the Texas Legislature established an energy efficiency goal, mandating the TDUs to provide energy efficiency programs to offset a percentage of annual growth in demand. As TDUs, the members of EUMMOT have established energy efficiency programs to meet this legislative requirement. These programs are open to residential and commercial customers within each of the EUMMOT member’s service territories.
Only electricity customers who receive electric delivery service from one of the the following Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) can participate: AEP Texas Central, AEP Texas North, CenterPoint, El Paso Electric, Entergy Texas, Oncor, SWEPCO, Texas-New Mexico Power, Xcel Energy. Click here for more information on eligibility.
Participation varies from program to program and among customers classes. For the most part, residential customers do not contract directly with their TDU. Instead, they participate through third-party project sponsors (building contractors, solar installers, etc.).
Commercial and industrial customers can either participate through a third-party project sponsor or “self-sponsor,” contracting directly with the utilities.
No. The project sponsors who deal directly with customers to perform energy efficiency services receive incentive payments from the utilities.
I received a flyer on my door stating that I could participate in an energy efficiency program. Is this legitimate?
If the flyer directed you to this website or to contact Frontier Energy directly, there is a good chance the offer is legitimate. However, it is important for you to verify that you a) live within an eligible service territory and b) qualify for the services being offered. Contact your Transmission & Distribution utility (TDU) for more information on their program offerings.
If you suspect fraud or have questions, contact the Public Utility Commission’s Consumer Protection Division.
Project sponsor eligibility can vary among utilities and programs. In general, project sponsors are energy service companies, local contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services. To participate, project sponsors must meet minimum eligibility criteria and demonstrate their financial, technical, and managerial qualifications as part of the application process.