The city that came to be known as Irving, Texas in recent times did not go by this name when early settlers began establishing a home in this quaint little town in the Dallas County. It was first called Gorbit or Gorbett, but was eventually changed to Kit after a few years. Eventually in 1903, a new townsite was founded by Julius Otto Schulze and Otis Brown, which they named Irving after Washington Irving, the favorite author of Brown’s wife Netta Barcus Brown. It was officially incorporated in 1914 and Mr. Brown became the first mayor.
The growth of residential and small business establishments was rather slow during the first few decades of the twentieth century, but soon picked-up in the 1960’s as numerous manufacturing plants were established producing aluminum products, chemicals, cement blocks, electronic components, paint, roofing and petroleum products. Irving came to prominence in 1971 when the municipally-owned Texas Stadium was completed and became the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The city is also home to a significant number of businesses and organizations like the Irving Film Commission and the Boy Scouts of America, most of which are located in the 7,000-acre Las Colinas Urban Center.
Unlike other energy deregulated areas in Texas, part of the electric rates and pricing are regulated by the state resulting to lower electrical power prices as compared to other cities such as Houston or Dallas. There are more than 40 independent retail electric providers in Irving competing for consumer’s electric choice. This long list can be daunting for most consumers who may find it hard to select which provider to choose from, but the power to choose among these electric companies and get the most significant savings and the best of quality service.
Commercial and small business owners in Irving can make use of various websites containing detailed reviews of the various retail electric providers including pricing and payment schemes that would best suit their utility budgets and preferences in order to get the most benefits from this energy deregulated power market.