“ They may offer competitive prices and plans at first but they always find ways to charge up your bill during your time as a customer. I lived in a one bedroom apt and it cost more using Green Energy to cool and power electronics there than it does in my 4 bedroom two story house. They also have poor customer service and do not process closure claims properly. I closed my account in may and I'm still being billed because they waited a month to close it. This is the SECOND time they have done this to me. 10/10 WOULD NOT RECCOMEND this company, go for TriEagle!! They are great. ”
“ I signed up with Green Mountain under a deal when they promised a $100 gift card. I never received my gift card. I then moved to an apartment where utilitied were included, so I did not have to order electricity service, and had a past due balance with Green Mountain. My intent was to use the gift card to take care of my past due balance, but I still never got it. After that lease was up, I moved back to another apartment where I had to get electric service and I went back to Green Mountain. They still tried to charge me for the past due balance and still would not send me my gift card. Customer should not have to jump through hoops just to get what they are entitled to. For this reason I would not recommend Green Mountain. ”
“ I have used Green mountain energy services on recommendation from my Apartment leasing for about 2 years. i thought initially its a good plan with cheaper rates but it got a hell lot of expensive i last 1 year and i paid almost thrice the amount i used to pay. i have no regrets on the services but they became really expensive now with other cheaper electricity plans available in the market. SO i would recommend to do search on other plans available in your area. ”
“ I had great service until I tried to move. I did the online progress to change my address and double checked that it was right. I moved and almost to months later found out that I had been paying for my last apartment because my account was never moved. I called and they did not try to help me but told me it was my fault for not calling them and trusting the online feature, but that my account was canceled. A month later I get an email of late payment because they failed to mention that my account was not really closed and that I still had a balance on my account that at the moment did not show online. ”
“ HORRILE experience! In APRIL my husband and I moved to Dallas from out of state. Our apartment complex required us to have electric set up at least 24 hours in advance of moving in. We called Green Mountain and ordered electric service. GM required $150 deposit up front. Since we were renting two apartments, that was an inconvenience, but we paid via credit card several days ahead of schedule. As we are loading boxes into our rental truck the day before driving to Dallas, I get a call from our new apartment complex letting me know electric was not initiated yet and that I needed to call GM and inquire or we would not be able to move in. When I called GM I was on the phone for two hours and I was transferred to at least 10 people. I had to explain my situation as many times. Customer service could see that we were denied service but did not know why and they kept passing me along to someone who might be able to tell me. Finally, it was discovered that GM will not accept my husbands drivers license because it is out of state. The only other option is a social security card, and could we please fax it? No, we could not fax it; it was buried in a box somewhere! The next morning we called a different company and had no problem getting service (we did not even have to pay a deposit). A few days after we got settled in to the apartment I called GM to get our deposits back. Again, customer service we less than helpful. They had the WRONG DATE listed for initiation of service on one apartment we created an even more confusing issue. They said we would receive a check in a week.HUH!!! I had to call back six times to get our check, which finally came 6 weeks later in late JUNE. It is AUGUST now and I am STILL having difficulty getting the other $150 back from them. Not only did GM take our $300 but they did not even notify us that there was an issue with the drivers license. And getting our deposit back is turning into a nightmare! GRRR! ”
“ They like to bill themselves as customer friendly and ecologically sound. That's why I went with them two years ago. Then I got deployed, requested a 'shut off' date and was told they would do it. Now six weeks later I've gotten two bills for service I didn't want and they deny even being contacted. They are no better than every other utility company, just after more and more money. ”
“ I have been a green mountain customer for over 4 years. What is the point in having a customer service department if nobody answers the phone or the email. I have sent numerous emails over the past year complaining about their payment system on the Web that looses payments. I even get an email confirming payment. Then several days later I receive a threatening email to pay or disconnect. So then I receive a bill with late charges and disconnection fees. I have attempted to call but I work long days and don't have time to wait more than an hour on hold. I have even tried first thing in the morning, but after 40 minutes I have to hang up because I have s job, just like their employees do. I have tried emailing, but nobody takes the time to respond. All I ever receive is an automated reply that they will respond within 48 hours. Well that's a joke because one year later they still have not responded. So I suck it up, pay the bill again and the late fees because the alternative is they will disconnect. This company is a joke and nothing more than a scam to get more money by simply ignoring you. I even sent them a snail mail letter about six months ago, no response. How does one dispute charges if you cannot reach anyone. Getting service was easy. They answer their phones. When I tried that ti get to someone, I was put on hold saying I had the wrong department. I waited over an hour listening to garbage. I will not renew when this contract is up in July. ”
“ I was with Green Mountain Energy for 8 months and had no previous issues until now. Back in January, I submitted a payment that I initially thought posted. I came home from my aparement yesterday and noticed that my power was turned off. Long story short, Green Mountain had a glitch in their system where my payment was returned, even though I had money in the banke to cover the payment. I even doubled back with my bank to make sure that I had enough money to cover the payment at the time and I did. They informed me that it was an issue within their GME's system and that they weren't sure why my payment was returned. I was charged almost $60 in late fees, reconnection fees and disconnection fees. Even if I didn't pay my electricity bill (which I did), it was only 14 days past due. They cut my electricity off because of an error on their end and it was only 14 days late (because of an error on their end). I am highly dissatisfied and frustrated with the inconvenience of not having power when I got home that evening. They initially told me that it could take up to 3 days to restore my power, but then later retracted their statement and told me that since I had a smart meter it would be restored within 4 hours. I cancelled with Green Mountain the next morning and went with TXU instead. I will not continue to give my money to a company that cuts my power off because of an error on their behalf! Also, it takes too long to reach a customer service representative. There are too many prompts and information that you have to enter. When you're that upset, you don't want to waste 5 minutes speaking to an automated system just to speak to someone who can assist you. Good riddance! ”
I really wanted to like this company because of its dedication to the environment! However, I cannot say I do. First, billing is great. They give weekly updates of usage. Account management, not so much. They are trying to modernize their company to help with this but, at the moment customers who wish for phone or email to be primary contact are out of luck.
Customer service is very polite. They help with whatever you need. However,15.6kW/hr negates this, at least for a graduate student.
I cancelled my service because my energy bill was $200 dollars for my 919sqft apartment. Also, I changed the credit card information on our automatic debit and they still used the old information. This led to a late payment and lights being cut off. They did respond very quickly to the mistake but offered me a rate of 12.9kW/hr to make up for it. I went with another 100% wind company for 6.7kW/hr AND their first line of contact is phone and email, not traditional mail (more modernized form of communication is just my preference). So, in summary, the customer service is nice albeit indifferent. I would rather have a company that is less expensive and is so efficient that customer service is almost not needed. ”
“ I stayed away from Green Mountain for years because their field sales staff TRASH every other electric provider including those that offer green/renewable energy. I finally went with them when they had a great offer on Texas' "Power To Choose" website. I also stopped seeing their field sales people. Had GM changed to an honest green energy provider? So,they had a great rate last year, and I went with them. In April 2015 my one year contract was about to expire, so I contacted GM to renew another year. I was told of a great rate, but they couldn't provide the Energy Facts Label until AFTER I signed up. That should have been a red flag for me. Believing the sales rep's cost per kWh, I renewed another year. A few days later I could see the Energy Facts Label for the renewed plan in my GM online account. It was nothing like the rep told me... MUCH more expensive. DECEPTIVE! I immediately called GM. Still in my "open enrollment" phase, I cancelled the new plan and will go with another company. I'll NEVER go back to Green Mountain! Since the time Texas opened up electricity competition I've been with about 5 different companies, and none of them were this sneaky! ”
“ I initially had a great experience with my 6 mo policy that converted to monthly. My initial monthly rate was reasonable, but I noticed the rate was higher on my bill even though the link to my current contract showed a cheaper rate. It turns out Green Mountain does not update the monthly rate on the linked contract, so you have NO idea what the rate is until the end of the month. When I suggested they just update the contract, to show the current rate, three different supervisors told me the same story about adjustable rates. My complaint was about the misleading information they show on the current contract, not the fact that the rate was high. Oh well, time to change providers. ”
Don't make the mistake of letting your bill go past due. GME's computer will automatically turn the service off, but for some reason, immediately paying the bill through the computer doesn't turn the service back on. So having a "smart meter" seems more of an advantage to the company than to me.
I've had the service for 4 years, and will be considering other providers. Why? Like most conpanies, GMEis more interested in getting newcustomers than servicing their old ones. ”
I am so sick of dealing with their accounting department that I am switching providers. Every month they claim that they didn't receive my payment for electricity at my business no matter if I paid with my bank's bill pay or sent them a check. I get a notice saying they are going to cut off my electricity. I call them and they tell me they received the payment but it was late. They told me that the problem was that my bank's bill pay doesn't send out the check until the day it's due. I tried sending the check myself. I mailed the check in Fort Worth a week before the bill was due in Dallas. They still claimed it was late and charged me a late fee. When I call their customer service, they are usually uncaring and sometimes rude.
I have used Green Mountain at my residence for years and, as long as I remember to sign up for a new contract before the old one expires, they are fine. ”
First complaint is that they continue to advertise being "green," yet refuse to put my account on paperless billing. They offer it repeatedly, and I repeatedly tried to sign up for it, yet never ceased to receive paper bills. So long, trees!
Second is that when contract expires we are thrown to a much higher rate. This may be standard practice, but it certainly does not inspire loyalty. Being willing to look past these issues, we requested a new contract and were refused the rates on Power to Choose. They started with over 12 cents/kwh, then when we said we'd just switch they said 11something, then again we refused (the online price was 9.3) and they offered high 10. Why not immediately give loyal customers of many years your best rate? They started out trying to screw us and never would come down to the advertised rate. So, we got the advertised rate of 9.7 from one of their competitors. Loyalty is for suckers, fellow customers! This company will screw you if they can, so be prepared to shop around every time your contact comes up and be willing to jump ship. ”
I switched to GME from Direct Energy thinking I was getting a good deal. I called Jan 2nd 2014 to set up for Jan 27 2014. It is currently March 5th and just now learned that my apartment complex main office got a bill from GME for my unit. I called GME to ask what was going on and they cant even find that my account existed. If doesnt exist, how do I have an account number and email confirmation stating that my service has been set up? Because of this, I am incurring penalties in the amount of $50. The new cycle has started again, which means I will get hit with another $50 all because I was under the impression GME set up my account PROPERLY. A quote from email confirmation states:
Thank you for your commitment to renewable energy. By powering your home with Green Mountain Energy electricity, you are helping to change the way power is made.
If you havent already, please register at My Account with your new account number: 42369638. Remember to use the last name and phone number you provided during enrollment.
Enroll in Tree Free billing - it..."
I called and total talk time so far has been 2.5 hours and still nobody knows why. ”
“ It all sounds great - "green" energy. I guess they put all their money into something other than accounting software. I have been in business for 31 years and they take the prize as the most screwed up accounting ever encountered. No one is a close second. I cringe every time I see a Green Mountain bill - knowing it will require my time and patience to resolve something. Using online bill pay does not work with them - you have to use direct pay through their system to make sure your payment is posted on time. The topper - after thinking I had finally cleared up all my billing issues - I received a large credit but no one at GM can identify why. Just to add insult, there is a $ .66 "Past Due Penalty" on my credit. At this point I would rather swim in oil and roll in coal than recommend Green Mountain for anything other than a good example of how NOT to run a utility company. I am not a fan of TU Electric but I never had any issues with them. The time wasted on the phone kills any savings at the meter. I will say their customer service people are nice and very apologetic, but it rings hollow after a while. ”
I switched to Green Mountain due to a conversation I struck up w/ one of their reps at some festival this summer. I was month to month with another provider, and the rep assured me that prices were comparable. I was too trusting...
After 1 month of a similar rate (~9 cents), it jumped to 12 cents, and I was just told that it will be 15 cents this month. A 60% increase - no thanks!
If you want to pay 60% more and delude yourself that you are saving the planet...go for it. My large (both physically and no doubt carbon consuming) house, where I park my SUV, sucks down way too much energy to pay that kind of premium for imagined intergalactic benefits.
As far the items I ranked high - the bill was nice to look at, and the people were very polite when I called and decided to cancel.
It took 3 months for me to figure out something was up because my bills were listed online as half the actual total. Two identical charges were hitting my checking account two days in a row (example, $173 on 8/5, and $173 on 8/6, but they weren't duplicate charges. They added up to my actual total bill of $346)! So, I thought, wow, my rates are low. Turns out I was really getting charged $400/month for the last 3 months. That's shady business. And the service rep was like, "oh I don't see that." Even though it was clear on the billing history page. I said, shall I send you a screenshot of my bank charges? Ridiculous. And the billing error only occured over the summer, for the three most energy intense months in Texas, at a suddenly jacked up rate of 17.55 cents kw/hr before straightening out again.
I like green energy, and made a point to use 100% wind b/c the hydro plans aren't always the best for wildlife. Really, you aren't actually getting renewable energy in your home. They are just buying renewable energy certificates on your behalf based on how much energy you use, and registering those certificates on a regional energy network plan, likely REGGIE.
But after today, I'm done. Other companies now have competitive green energy options at much better, locked-in rates without cancellation fees. So after 6 years, I am going to give Bounce Energy a try. They are highly rated, and I just locked in a 9.4 cent rate for 12 months, wind energy based. I don't even have to cancel with Green Mountain. Bounce takes care of it for me. ”
I haven't been a customer for some time, now, but I wanted to leave my story.
At first, everything was fine - then, they started "balance billing." I would get a bill for 500 or more dollars one month, pay it, and then have credits for nearly three months due to over payment. In addition, I once got a low bill (not all that unusual, considering their unstable billing history for me), so I payed what the invoice said was owed. Next month, I got another huge bill with late payment fees tacked on. When I studied the invoice, it turns out THEY had double-posted my last payment. With that extra posting, I had not been billed enough in the previous month (when they corrected their accounts) and despite paying what they billed me, they put into their system that I didn't pay the full amount! When I called to have this corrected, I was told that they could take off the fee as a "one-time customer service." I was so mad at this point I was shaking - and I informed the CSR that no, it was not a "customer service" - this was THEIR FAULT. After months and months of billing inconsistencies this was the last straw. I will never use Green Mountain again - there are so many other companies out there who offer green energy - Green Mountain is not worth the hassle. ”
“ Liar liar... they promise a $100 gift Card to sign up with Green Mountain, its been 6 months so far fighting with them to get it and they still playing with me. liars... ”
“ the product and billing are great; but they lie to me to get me sign in the 1 year plan; i was told i will get a $100 gift card at the sign in, well no, once i sign with them they told me i had to be with them at least 3 months, after 3 months i called to request my gift card and i have been waiting 1 month so far and i am still waiting for it, and they keep bla bla blaing me that will be email, they cant send a form via regular mail and then bla bla bla the email never arrives to my email account (not in the inbox or spam folder); at this point i give up cuz i dont have more time to lose. be aware guys, according to my experience its a trick to get u... ”
“ I was late by a couple of days because I had signed up for ebilling but no one sent me an ebill. I called to try and get this figured out but there was no getting out of the $20 disconnection notice and the $4 charge. I'm looking for a new energy company right now. It really pisses me off when companies jerk you around like this. ”
“ I have had Green Mountain for several years. Prices are high compared to other companies, but felt that I was at least helping the environment. Was totally discusted with this company though when I moved & transfered my service. I had paid my bills on time up to the point when I moved. Inv was due on the 30th, not even a month late, I was sent a disconnect notice. I paid as soon as I got paid, which was still only a couple weeks late. On my next invoice, I had not only a late fee of $10.60 but also a disconnect notice fee of $20.00. I called thinking that with my past history of payments that they would waive the disconnect fee (I was paying the late fee since I knew I was late). What I got instead was a lecture from the representaive that my bill was due on the 30th & that they could disconnect anytime after that date, but they instead send a disconnect notice in which they graciaously give me an additional 14 days to pay & that I deserved the disconnect fee. So I am locked into a year contract, will have to wait until that is done & then will find another provider. I will say that not all representatives that I have spoken with have been this rude & aweful, but if your going to pay the high prices you hope that they wouldn't try to gouge you with other fees as well. ”
I've been with Green Mountain Energy for about 10 years and have been happy until today. I don't like the policy of offering lower rates to new customers and not your loyal tenured customers.
In the past, customer service has been friendly and efficient. When I call to renew, they have verbally acknowledged my long history with them and renewed my rates at a price comparable to those offered new customers at www.powertochoose.org.
Not this time. I phoned on two separate days and was offered only a higher rate. No allowance or reward for being loyal.
So, today I will switch to another (and higher-rated) company. I don't know if the company is having financial issues or not, but that isn't how you should treat long-term customers who have been referring folks to you for years. Bad business practice. ”
Green Mountain Energy only sells the same 'dirty energy' available to the rest of the power grid - absolutely NO effort is made by Green Mountain to actually delivery any 'green energy' to anyone's home. You might wonder why your neighbor and you have power from the same lines going into both your homes and somehow you have 'green energy' and they don't...
At the end of the year they purchase something called a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) which represents that at some time in the last two years some green energy was produced somewhere in Texas but does not represent that even a single electron actually made it into your home and would still have been produced whether you signed up or not for higher electric rates. These REC's are dirt cheap right now costing a fraction of a cent per kilowatt hour and resold at very large markups to those thinking they are actually helping protect the environment. ”
“ I have had Green Mountain Energy for the past 5+ years at two different addresses. Up until recently everything had been great. My recent experiences have been terrible, extremely long hold times for customer care 20+ minutes. They changed the online portal and the function to reset your password doesn't work. Something must have happened....wish I knew what it was. Had to change service providers due to this shabby performance - wouldn't recommend unless they can return to service levels of the past. ”
“ For such a high rate like 18.9 cents a kilowat you would think I would get better service. I scheduled a simple on/off service call and was told over and over again on the day that I had scheduled the service for that they had no account of me making the appt. The service rep finally called ONCOR and ONCOR had the appt on file. ”
“ Expensive!! I'm soo glad we switched companies. We were paying 15 CENTS with Green Mountain...ridiculous when we just switched over to 9 CENTS today!! Happy savings coming our way now that we gave Green Mountain the boot:) ”
“ Existing customers are unable to renew their contract online and must use customer service. Customer service is unable to match the online rates. After many emails- as a one time courtesy customer service would match the internet offer. Existing customers do not seem to be a priority. As a result this long time customer is moving on. ”
“ My history is 4 mos into 6 mo. contract with GM.I believe they LIE! They Scam by pushing you so close to the due date to collect their $20.00 for a disconnect letter. They tell you they send the bills out on 10/13/ & you get it in the mail 16 days later with the due date 2 days after that. I live in Houston..Duh... they are in Austin & they blame it on the mail system. If you write a check it takes them 14 days to process...bingo $20.00 disconnect letter. But the TX Utilities Comm. is to blame also for them getting away with this. Beware they all do it. Glad I can pay online, but what about those without online access...this is just WRONG! ”
No paperless billing - from a supposed "energy
conscious" company. Average as far as
experience goes with any customer service type