Texas Electric Cooperatives expands its membership


Bryan Texas Utilities is now a member of the Texas Electric Cooperatives to strengthen its utility services.

Johnny Andrews, the chief operating officer of TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services, said: “The alliance partnership initiative was built around the idea of strengthening consumer-owned utilities in an increasingly competitive market. TEC looks forward to working with BTU to maximize the opportunities that this partnership can bring to both organizations.”

BTU is a municipal-owned cooperative serving 58,000 metering points in Brazos, Burleson, and Robertson counties and is the fifth largest cooperative in Texas.

TEC represents 75 electric cooperatives, with more than three million members and has registered its 25th alliance since formation and third in 2018, by partnering with BTU.

The partnership is expected to help BTU to improve services offered to consumers, for instance affordable, reliable and clean energy.

The collaboration will help BTU to reduce operational and redundant costs

To date, BTU claims it’s consumers with smart services including AMI metering, remote connect and disconnect abilities, online daily consumption graphs, resources for customers interested in solar power, and energy efficiency tips and guidelines.

“Each new alliance increases the negotiating power of the groups who are already partners. It’s something that has direct and concrete benefits for all our members.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.