Sam Houston Electric

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative Review

Sam Houston Electric provides utility services to customers in the State of Texas. They operate various substations that carry electricity over 6,000 miles of distribution lines and also install, test, and take readings from automated electric meters. They also provide online bill payment options and deferred payment plans to their members. They offer energy conservation tips and other information to help their members save on their bills.  Sam Houston Electric

The company's bottom-line commitment is to achieve and sustain a strong safety culture, consistent reliability improvement, service excellence, financial stewardship, and a strategy for the future. The Cooperative's electricity is primarily supplied by a portfolio of diverse generation resources that provides reliable and cost-effective power.

Load Shedding (Rolling Blackouts)

Consumer members frequently ask questions about load-shedding events, also called rolling blackouts or brownouts. These events are mandated by grid operators, like MISO or ERCOT, to help protect the health of the electric grid and ensure that electricity is delivered safely to consumers.

Although it is difficult to predict the frequency and duration of these events, grid operators are able to give consumer members only a few minutes notice before load shedding is required. The amount of time that load shedding lasts is also dependent on a variety of factors, including the status of power generation facilities and consumer demand for electricity.

To avoid paying for unnecessary energy, you can use this tool to estimate how much your home uses, and reduce the number of kWh (kilowatt hours) that you consume each month. It calculates your kilowatt hours based on the total wattage of your electronic devices and your energy usage habits.

The app lets you quickly view your current account balance and due date, manage recurring payments, modify payment methods, and view energy usage graphs on your mobile device. You can also report outages directly to your service provider from the app.

Solar/Distributed Energy Sources

The majority of power that Sam Houston EC produces is generated by coal, gas, and oil, however, it also includes wind, geothermal, nuclear, and solar energy sources. As the largest cooperative distribution co-op in ETEC, Sam Houston EC is a vital part of the energy market in our area and is committed to developing multiple, diverse generation resources to deliver safe and reliable power.

Choosing Solar

In an effort to meet the increasing demand for renewable, clean, and sustainable energy sources, Sam Houston EC is encouraging more members to consider adding a solar (photovoltaic/PV) system to their homes or business. This page is intended to be a resource for consumers-members to learn more about the operation of a home solar system, and what they should expect from it.

Installation of a home solar (photovoltaic/PV) system is an expensive investment, and it can be tempting to cut corners when choosing the best system for your needs. This is not an easy decision to make, and there are many important considerations that need to be made.

A comprehensive understanding of how a home solar (photovoltaic/PV) power system works is key to making an informed decision about whether a solar system can benefit your family and your wallet. In addition to a thorough knowledge of the operational aspects of solar, it is critical to understand what expectations you should have for the savings that a solar system can provide you and your family.