Abilene Texas is a city in the Taylor and Jones counties in west central Texas. According to the 2011 census 166,416 was the population of Abilene Texas making it the twenty-seventh most populous city in the state of Texas. Abilene is located off Interstate 20, between exists 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is 150 miles (240 km) west of Fort Worth, Texas. The fastest growing sections of the city are growing to the southwest, along Southwest drive, the Winters Freeway, and the Buffalo Gap Road corridor; the southeast, along Loop 322, Oldham lane, Industrial Drive, and Maple Street, and in the Northeast near the Intersection of SH 351 and I-20. Since electricity deregulation from 2002 residential home owners along with the apartment renters have many choices when it comes to choosing a great electricity company. If you want a great postpaid electricity rates plan with the choice given by deregulation the citizens have to the exercise their right to make the electricity companies compete for their business. This competition forces the electricity companies to compete for your business by lowering your electricity rates and thus giving Abilene citizens more competitive energy rates. Sometime by selecting a postpaid electricity plan requires a credit check which can result in a big deposit requirement. To avoid having to pay a deposit and submit to a credit check many Abilene residents are choosing to go with Pre Paid Electricity rates plans. Prepaid electricity rates plans are great because they require no credit check, no deposit requirements. Basically you pay for the amount of electricity you choose to use. Also with the major growth taking place in Abilene it is major player for small business who provide their services to the residents of the community. Abilene business owners can also take advantage of the deregulation of electricity making cutting their energy rates or maintaining lower electricity rates a simple task to take advantage of.