162 Reviews and 162 Replies for First Choice Power
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First Choice Power was the retail electricity arm of Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), one of the five Transmission & Distribution Service Providers in the state of Texas. In 2001, they spun off from TNMP to focus solely on retail electricity service. In 2011 they were purchased by Direct Energy.
Direct Energy is the largest competitive retailer of energy and related services in North America. With operations across Canada, Texas and the north-eastern United States, Direct Energy delivers $8 billion of energy and related services to over five million residential and commercial customers. They operate generation assets, as well as retail electricity services in multiple states across the US.
Direct Energy is a member of Centrica, group of companies provides energy and other services with more than 32 million customer relationships.
Bait and Switch
“ Used the powertochoose.org web site and selected First Choice as the lowest priced provide. Went online and signed up, was called by a supervisor who said she needed additional information, and when I gave it to her she said all ood, got the plan I signed up for, but rather quietly quoted a higher price (classic bait and switch). When I questioned it, she said since the order was not completed online, I could not get the online price. I am guessing most orders get the supervisor call. Told them to cancel the order. ”
June 19th, 2020
“ Staff does not explain procedures well. Energy company refuse to extend ur bill 2 days after it is due and you pay them on time all the tine. Don't switch companies to these people because I went from a 124.00 bill to a 455.00 in a month with same people living in house. Rip off mostly. Apply switch holds on account so u want switch companies. ”
March 11th, 2020
“ I'm on prepaid electric have been for a week and 20 dollars usually lasts 2 days. Well not today. The money was on the account around lunch and at 7 pm same day I have -$1.90. I will take this to the highest extent. Can't afford the deposit but certainly can't afford someone stealing money from me either. ”
February 7th, 2020
Terrible website / bill pay online
Website is a complete disaster, bill pay on line does not work, customer service has no clue how to fix it . Have been working with IT dept. The last six hours to try and pay the bill on line, no luck.
I think these guys did the software for the 737 max. Time for a new IT team and a new electric provider. ”
December 7th, 2019
“ I have been a long time user of first choice power this year, my contract was up so I called to renew. Well the agent at the time did not work with me, to get the best possible rate, so here I am stuck with a high energy rate for 24 months. There is a $135 fee to terminate my contract. I would not recommend this utility co to anybody. I am a senior citizen and did not realize what I was getting. This company has always had reasonable rates until now. I cringe every month when my bill comes in. I just wish I understood what the agent was giving me and went with a different provider. Now I am stuck. This is a warning to others to shop around. ”
December 5th, 2019
The rates started off well, with supposed free weekends on Friday 6p -Sunday. This is a gimmick! I have never experienced electricity bills this high! For the past 3 months they have exceeded $300! For a single person, who works during.the day and is only home at night and weekends (free)! Do not switch to this provider. Customer service is terrible and email correspondence takes up to a week! After reading other posts, there seems to be a pattern with this company! I am reporting them to the BBB. The CEO contacted my email and I responded; still no response. Does anyone know how much it costs to break the contract? There is not a specific amount in the contract, and their service agreement is vague! Thanks! I posted past bills, the October bill had no a/c running for the entire billing period, even on free weekends & still >$150. Also notice 2 sequential months the bill is the same amount $245.10; highly unlikely odds!
November 21st, 2019
WORST COMPANY BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!
“ My family (husband & 4 children) rented a home in Plano and signed up with First Choice Power. We paid EVERY bill on time or early. We moved out and bought a home in Allen & not only did they "lose" our move out request they charged us for the next 2 months after I had called and was promised our account was closed! over $750 in bills they are saying we owe when we didn't even live there..scheduled a move out AND closed the account 2x!!! We have to pay so it doesn't go on our credit but they are horrible, awful people up there! Terrible customer service! NO ONE up there would pay $750 for someone else's power!! We have documented proof from the rental company AND new power company of a scheduled move in with them ...this is wrong! Don't let them steal from your family too! ”
November 6th, 2019
Worst electrical provider
The rates started off well, with supposed free weekends on Friday 6p -Sunday. This is a gimmick! I have never experienced electricity bills this high! For the past 3 months they have exceeded $300! For a single person, who works during.the day and is only home at night and weekends (free)! Do not switch to this provider. Customer service is terrible and email correspondence takes up to a week! After reading other posts, there seems to be a pattern with this company! I am reporting them to the BBB. The CEO contacted my email and I responded; still no response. Does anyone know how much it costs to break the contract? There is not a specific amount in the contract, and their service agreement is vague! Thanks!
I posted past bills, the October bill had no a/c running for the entire billing period, even on free weekends & still >$150. Also notice 2 sequential months the bill is the same amount $245.10; highly unlikely odds! Same review is on google! Make sure you read the google reviews, as they are more current than the ones on this site. ”
November 1st, 2019
First choice power
“ STOP GO ELSEWHERE FOR ELECTRIC!!!!!!!!!!! Ok where do i being I moved out of my apartment on the 1spet2019 called first choice power to have my lights disconnected. So a few days later recd a txt from previous address showing lights were still activated. Oh yea aslo had new service at the apartment i had moved too with the same company. So i called back was informed previous order for disconnecting light was not completed n needed to put in a new 1 this is a week. So this is a week later in process of that my lights at my new was disconnected. So i called first choice power n there were not even able to bring up my account number they provided me n gave me the old address n acct instead of the new address. So here it us 2weeks later and im still having them same problem. My previous address where the lights should be off are still on and off at my new residence. Also the money that was in my new acct they took abd applied to my old acct. So now i have no lights at my new address because of there mistake. The money that was on tge old acct should have been transferred not. So now i have to add money to my new acct because they did not follow thru on disconnecting my lights at the old resident. This does not make any sense DONOT GO THRU FIRST CHOICE POWER U PAY FOR THERE POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, NOT UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH AND MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ”
September 24th, 2019
“ Worst electric provider! Highest rates ever experienced! Started off low, but they make up for it after 6months I to contract! Electric bills have exceeded $300 plus for last 4 months for single person who works 12plus hours per day and only home on weekends( with free weekends) supposedly!!!! Do not sign up with this provider, there are more negative than positive comments on other sites! ”
September 21st, 2019
“ I agreed to a 3 month short term contract with FirstChoice in April. Once the 3 months were over, they continued to charge me. I called and asked to remove the bill from my (what should have been non-existant) account and they say I have to call to cancel? What happened to the agreed term? They cancel the service and, at the time, held a $125 bill over my head. Two weeks later, I receive an email that states that the bill went up another $30 after cancellation. Do not do business with these scam artists. Theyll hold you accountable for their own responsibilities. You can find much better power companies. ”
September 11th, 2019
“ This is probably just the name of the game for electric companies, but I was switched from my plan to month to month without warning. My usage has been down since last year but my costs nearly doubled. These guys suck and I do not recommend them. ”
August 29th, 2019
Not Worth it!
“ Customer Service is the worst I have ever seen. Don't waste your time with this! You also need to change your website to indicate you do not accept American Express. Right now it says you do accept it. Also you need a new logo or person on the power to go login. Ugliest picture ever for a login!!!!!!!! ”
August 28th, 2019
Liars and theifs
“ Everything they promised me from the plan to the "accurate" daily usage texts eventually all was false. I ended up soendong 15 dollars a day with them!! ”
July 9th, 2019
Difficult to deal with
“ I accidentally disputed my final bill and the credit card company (Citicards) refunded it. I'm not sure if they checked because it shouldn't have been accepted. Afterward First Choice Power wouldn't accept credit card or checking account payments. What they didn't say was they would only accept cash or debit card which was discovered by process of elimination at a bill pay center. ”
June 27th, 2019
“ If I could give ZERO STARS I would! First lets start by their customer service is horrendous, any time I've called for a complaint which has been a couple of times their agents continously say "let me see what we can do to help you" when in all reality they are NOT trying to help, they advised there isnt anything they can do. They gave me the run around stating to call Oncor who advsied to contact FCP to dispute the charge, then FCP states they are giving me the incorrect information. I've continously have issues when I'm out of town. I will be gone for the weekend and when I come back I get emails stating I've used about 5 dollars when I'm not there! THIS MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!!! And ever crazier thing is I live in a 1 bedroom apartment. When I am home after work they state that my meter reads 7-8 dollars on average, and that to me is ABSURD! When I previously had them at my last one bedroom apartment I had no issued my meter used to read 4-5 dollars when I got home from work and when I wasnt home the max my meter read was $1.50. DO NOT GET SERVICE THROUGH THEM!!!!!!!! I HATE IT SO MUCH IN THE PROCESS OF CANCELING MY SERVICES. 469-418-3717 IS MY NUMBER IF ONE OF YOU "MANAGERS OR CEO" WHOEVER WANTS TO CALL ME ABOUT IT! MAYBE they will help me but thats a strong maybe. ”
June 19th, 2019
Been with 1st Choice about 3 years
“ I first came to this company when moved to this house and needed electricity without huge deposit. So we signed up for prepaid with 1st choice (it was somehow tied to Direct Energy). The process was long but all good. Absolutely loved the rate, got balances daily and the monthly average was just unbeatable. Customer service was excellent although sometimes hard due to language barrier on their part. After a year we were offered a 12 month plan with no deposit so we accepted. Everything went well for about a year, the monthly bill was extremely affordable. When it came time to renew, we were offered a good rate on a month to month plan and so we did that. This is where problems started to appear. My bills literally doubled and even tripled, especially in the summer. I went online to try to find a better rate/plan and ended up signing on to a 12 month plan. It as lowered somewhat but the bills are still much higher every month. I have had a couple of payment plans that they do not update in a timely manner and it has led to saying I broke the agreements even when there were times when I paid installments early and/or completely off. Customer service has gotten terrible and you can call and speak to someone, hang up call back and get someone else and the info you get is completely different. Frustrating! And they can be very borderline rude sometimes and make you feel like you are being unreasonable just by asking a question or are bothering them just by calling. My contract is up in October 2019 and I am starting now to look at other options and will be aggressively shopping for alternatives. I will renew this time only if I find no better option. I am a loyal customer and prefer to stay with a company but when things progressively slide downhill as this experience has, I'm smart enough to know it is time to consider alternatives. Dammit, 1st Choice!!! You were amazing for so long! ”
May 22nd, 2019
Dont Use First Choice Power
“ It has worst usage and billing calculation system. Avoid to use First choice Power. ”
February 26th, 2019
“ I was very easy to switch over online! ”
December 2nd, 2018
“ First off, they signed me up for the wrong contract. I was looking for a contract for over 1000KWH because I know I go over that. I get locked into a contract that charges me $185 dollars for going over 1000 KWH. I never would have signed up for that contract, and that is not what I agreed to in the first place. I reported them to the state of Texas but nothing could be proven, even though they never emailed me a EFL when I signed up. They couldn't prove they didn't mail me one, even though I know they didn't do that either. The only one I saw was the one on powertochoose that made me click to sign up for their company in the first place, which did not have teir pricing or that ridiculous fee. Any company that has that fee should be shut down. I wasn't able to do anything about it so I just had to stick it out the 6 months, luckily that's all I signed up for. Their website is atrocious, there's barely any real helpful information on it and it doesn't work well. When we moved I tried to do it online and they tried to automatically sign me up for a longer contract, hoping I wouldn't notice I guess. I had to call their customer service to transfer service. Their customer service must be outsourced, they're nice enough and try to help but we always have trouble understanding each other and for my next problem I got a different answer from everyone I spoke to. I went to make last month's payment online and the website put it through twice. I called to get the extra one refunded, was told no problem give us 7-10 days. I waited, I called back. Oh, no we aren't going to send a refund we just do a credit on your account. Ok, that's been there since before I called the first time and the last person said I'd get a refund. Oh, yeah I see that now. Yeah we sent it out yesterday. I gave it 3 business days because I was told by my bank it shouldn't take any longer than that. I called FCP back. Oh, no we never sent a refund, but there was an inquiry put through to see if we could. But no you're not going to get a refund. But maybe. I don't know. Your account has a credit for the refund amount and that's all we can do. The guy went back and forth and couldn't really decide whether I would or not, but at this point I figure I'm not. I give up, the credit is fine but it would've been nice if that had been told to me the first time. It'll cover the next two bills hopefully until my contract is up. Guess what shows up 4 days after my bill was due this month? My refund. So now I have to go pay this month's balance LATE. So I'm sure I'll be calling them back once they put a late fee on my next bill that wasn't my fault. Today I am looking for a new provider so I go to look at my bills again to get information and there's a late fee for last month, which I did not pay late. They got the double payment before the due date. So I called and was told it was credited back to my account. We'll see. This guy had the heaviest accent so far and I'm not sure he understood what I was talking about at all but he definitely kept trying to get me to renew my contract with FCP. Not gonna happen, I've had an issue every month of the 6 months I've been with them. Worst electric company ever. They are untrustworthy and make having an electric provider a hassle. ”
November 5th, 2018