March 2005 - Reliant Energy now offers Houston-area residents a 100% wind energy option. Under its Renewable Plan, customers can purchase wind energy for all of their electricity needs at a premium of about 1¢/kWh above standard rates. For the average household in Houston using 1,500 kWh per month, the extra cost would be about $15 a month. To supply the product, Reliant purchases renewable energy credits from Texas-based wind farms.
Reliant has offered a renewable energy option to customers outside of the Houston area since 2002, when Texas opened its retail electricity market to competition. Under the state's electricity restructuring law, incumbent utilities were restricted from providing competitive products and services in their home territory until January 1, 2005.
News Release - Houstonians Can Choose Wind Energy from Reliant
Reliant Contact: Dennis Barber, (713) 497-3042