Is Stream Energy a Good Retail Energy Provider?
Retail energy providers often suffer from a bad reputation. Customers complain that energy prices are too high, their provider is unreliable, and their supplier is not keeping up by providing modern, renewable energy. So, in the midst of all this negative sentiment, how has Stream Energy garnered such a positive reputation as a retail energy provider that serves a number of U.S. states? Here’s a rundown of what Stream Energy is doing around the country and what customers can expect when they use the provider for their electricity needs.
Texas is where Stream Energy is based, so most of the offerings you’ll find from the retail energy provider are available – and are often tested – here. And Stream Energy serves some of the most important cities in Texas, including the megacities of Dallas and Houston.
What makes Stream Energy in Texas so unique is the availability of green energy. As a state, Texas has gone all-in with clean energy, using remote swaths of land and windswept plains to create renewable energy farms using solar and wind. This infrastructure has given Stream Energy the foothold it needs to serve a customer base that is increasingly interested in green energy, sustainability, and renewable practices.
In Carrollton, Texas, for instance, Stream Energy customers have access to plans that lock down energy rates for 12 or 36 months. When customers sign up for service with the retail energy provider, they are given the option of choosing Green & Clean or Simple & Secure to lock down energy rates for 12 months. An additional Simple & Secure plan locks down pricing for three years.
The Green & Clean plan from Stream Energy offers 100 percent renewable electricity – with a certificate to back it up. Stream uses a variety of clean energy sources for electricity, from the standard solar and wind to the more obscure biomass.
For the customer who isn’t ready to make a long-term commitment, the retail energy provider offers the Flex Choice Intro. This month-to-month plan delivers reduced energy rates without the long-term contract.
Pennsylvania is another high-profile market for Stream Energy, and the energy provider serves some of the largest cities in the state. Pennsylvania is a state that needs a lot of energy, thanks to cold winters and hot summers.
In Philadelphia alone, Stream customers have access to a number of fixed-rate plans that allow more flexibility based on each customer’s needs. A six-month fixed plan offers the ultimate starter plan for someone who is ready to try locked-in rates but doesn’t want to commit to a year or more. The six-month option does use traditional energy. Another option for Philly residents is the 24-month fixed-rate plan. For gas, however, users can choose a 12-month fixed rate plan designed to provide predictable pricing during some of the harshest months of winter, when heaters are going nonstop.
Philadelphia in particular has made a bold commitment to renewable energy and sustainability. In 2017, the city announced that it was setting a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035 and immediately began implementing some low-tech solutions – including increasing the tree canopy in each neighborhood. The city also committed to creating an energy master plan.
For Washington, D.C., Stream Energy offers a handful of fixed-rate plans, from 6 months and 18 months for traditional energy and 12 months for renewable energy.
As a city, Washington, D.C., is experimenting with numerous renewable energy projects, including solar arrays on rooftops and architecture that lends itself to energy savings. Washington, D.C., wants to do whatever possible to become a totally green city, and it shows.
For Ohio customers who rely on a major power company for both their electricity and gas, Stream Energy will often offer multiple fixed-rate energy plans, including ones that last for 6 months, 18 months, or more.
Ohio has recently come around to the idea that renewable energy is important for customers, with some private industries leading the charge. One example is recent news that one of the buildings on Ohio University’s campus is getting a green roof. The college will have four plots of soil on the roof to be used to grow vegetation, with the soil adding a cool layer that keeps the building at a moderate temperature.
Georgia is also taking a major leap with green energy, with recent plans to build solar plants adding hundreds of jobs for residents. Last year, Georgia’s solar jobs grew almost 30 percent, compared to 2.3 percent nationwide.
New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Maryland are also served by Stream Energy, and the retail energy provider continues to find new ways to help customers save in both populous cities and rural areas. When people look for flexibility and savings, they tend to turn toward the retail energy provider. Stream Energy has big plans for 2020, which includes improving its offerings and helping customers get the reliable energy they need. For the people living in the nine states served by Stream Energy, 2020 will be another bright year.