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Tomball enters agreement with iChoosr

February 19, 2019

Tomball City Council approved an electric power agreement with iChoosr during their meeting on Feb. 18.

The company coordinates an auction during which energy providers compete to offer the lowest rate for a group of residents. Participating residents sign up for free and would be able to accept or reject the offer.

The agreement with iChoosr as a broker for deregulated residential electric power was approved by four council members, with council member Chad Degges voting against it. The council was originally going to consider an agreement during its previous regular meeting on Feb. 4, but pulled the agenda item as iChoosr representatives were not available for a presentation.

“Switching providers seems difficult and, most importantly, people who do not switch are regularly put on significantly higher rates,” said Daniel Wilkinson, spokesperson for iChoosr.

With Tomball approving the agreement, iChoosr has now partnered with 12 cities in Texas and will provide three switch opportunities a year to allow residents to change electric providers in a program called the “Texas Power Switch.”

“The Texas Power Switch is a residential electric aggregate program designed to harness the power of group buy-in. We aggregate residents in deregulated cities across Texas. iChoosr stands in partnership with cooperation with cities on the side of the consumer,” Wilkinson said.

mayra.cruz@chron.com