The Ultimate Summer Pass 12 is TXU’s latest Time-of-Use (TOU) plan. TXU has a long history of popular TOU plans. It’s been almost a decade since they released the TXU Free Nights plan which later became the Free Nights and Solar Days plan. Since then, many electricity providers have offered similar plans.
The Ultimate Summer Pass 12 plan includes two different time-of-use elements.
50% off electricity during the summer
You will receive a 50% discount from the TXU energy charge during the summer months. This plan defines the summer months as being between June 1st and September 30th. Note that this discount applies only to the Energy Charge portion of your bill. It does not apply to the TDU charges that TXU collects on behalf of your local delivery utility. If you live in the Dallas or Fort Worth area this is a fee that goes to Oncor. Currently this rate is 3.89¢/kWh.
Free Hottest Days
In addition to the 50% discount during summer months, you will pay an Energy Charge of 0¢/KWh on the three hottest days each month from June to September . This is not exactly free electricity because the TDU pass thru charges still apply.
TXU will use designated local weather stations to determine which days near you are the hottest. If there is a tie, your highest usage days among those hottest days will used for your free days.
What else you need to know about the TXU Ultimate Summer Pass 12 Plan
Your bill will consist of 3 elements.
Energy charge – This represents the biggest part of your electric bill and is the portion of the bill that is eligible for the 50% off and free days. The Energy Charge is based on the TDU area you live in. See the table below for Energy Charges by area. These rates are current as of the rollout of the plan. But electricity rates in Texas change often. So always review current rates and the current electricity facts label (EFL) before you enroll in this or any plan.
Base Charge – This is a flat $9.95 monthly charge regardless of how much power you use.
TDU delivery charges – Any plan from any electric company in Texas has TDU charges included. Sometimes they are bundled with the energy charge. But usually, they are broken out separately.
So what is the electricity rate on the TXU Ultimate Summer Pass 12 plan?
For the rollout, TXU is advertising a rate of 16.9¢/kWh for 1000 kWh of usage in the Oncor (DFW) area. When you add the per kWh charges together you get a total of 20.8¢/kWh for your non-summer days.
During the summer months, this rate drops to 11.05¢/Kwh. On the three hottest days the rate is equal to the TDU charge of 3.89¢/kWh
TXU has done the math to arrive at an average rate of 16.9¢/kWh over the length of your contract.
The plan has a cancelation fee of $150.00 if you leave before the 12 month term.