CPL Retail Energy

CPL Retail Energy is a member of the Direct Energy family of companies, and offers electricity supply service to communities in southern Texas. With their mission of "Seeing Our South Texas Communities Thrive", the REP places strong emphasis on community engagement.

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About CPL Retail Energy

CPL Retail Energy History

CPL Retail Energy was established in 2002, when deregulation began in Texas, as the retail operation of Central Power and Light Company. It was shortly acquired by Direct Energy, a much larger REP, in 2002. The REP currently employs approximately 2,000 people within its service area in South Texas.

Business and commercial services are available through Direct Energy Business.

CPL Retail Energy Community Engagement

CPL Retail Energy prides itself on its committment to the communities of South Texas. The REP runs several customer assistance programs, like its Neighbor-to-Neighbor bill assistance program, which helps families who are struggling to pay their electricity bills. The company also provides information about the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) on their website. CPL Retail Energy also sponsor the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team and the WBCA Washington Birthday Celebration in Laredo.

CPL Retail Energy Electricity Offers

Plan Type Terms Available Details Termination Fee
Fixed Rate Plans 6, 12 or 24 months
  • Rate remains the same throughout contract term
  • 10.8% renewable energy sources
  • 6 month contract period is prepaid
Variable Rate Plans Month to Month subscription
  • Variable rate
  • Available as a pre-paid plan
  • Renewable each month
  • Rate does not increase more than 30% from the previous month
  • 10.8% renewable energy sources
No termination fees


Depending on your credit history, CPL Retail Energy may require a security deposit in order to start electric supply service.

Prepaid Plans

Some customers prefer prepaid plans, since there is no monthly bill. Instead, customers can add money to their prepaid account whenever they like. There is also no credit check or deposit required.

Prepaid plans are available in the following South Texas communities:

  • Aransas Pass
  • Banquete
  • Bishop
  • Corpus Christi
  • Gregory
  • Ingleside
  • Portland
  • Robstown
  • Rockport

CPL Retail Energy prepaid offers include month-to-month variable rate plans, and one 6 month fixed rate plan. You may also sign up for daily electricity usage text messages with a prepaid plan.

Free Power Days

Certain plans with CPL Retail Energy offer free electricity for one day each weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. These plans are available with fixed or variable rates, and under prepaid or contract options.

Customer Reviews of CPL Retail Energy

Some customers have reported good savings after switching to CPL Retail Energy, while others find that supply is in fact more expensive. Consumers sometimes think that customer service is uneven, and that information is unclear. The majority of official complaints filed to the Texas Public Utilities Commission are related to billing (find out more here).

Find a detailed review of the customer experience with CPL Retail Energy

CPL Retail Energy Service Area

CPL Retail Energy offers electricity supply service only to South Texas, which includes cities like Harlingen, McAllen, Victoria and Corpus Christi. Counties in the CPL Retail Energy service area include:

Aransas Fort Bend Matagorda
Atascosa Frio Maverick
Austin Galveston McMullen
Bandera Gillespie Medina
Bastrop Goliad Montgomery
Bee Gonzales Nueces
Bexar Guadalupe Real
Blanco Hays Refugio
Brazoria Hidalgo San Patricio
Brooks Jackson Starr
Caldwell Jim Hogg Starr
Calhoun Jim Wells Uvalde
Cameron Karnes Val Verde
Colorado Kendall Victoria
Comal Kenedy Webb
DeWitt Kleberg Wharton
Dimmit LaSalle Willacy
Duval Lavaca Wilson
Edwards Lee Zapata
Fayette Live Oak Zavala

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