How electricity works
Every time you flip a switch or adjust the temperature on your home's thermostat, electricity is doing its job. In fact, we rely on electricity for countless day-to-day tasks. But how often do we consider how it's generated or delivered?
Deregulation gives you a choice
In Texas, the electricity industry is deregulated. If you’re new to the state, deregulation simply means that you choose who provides power to your home or business. In many other states, customers don’t have a choice. Instead, electricity is delivered in “one-size-fits-all” fashion from the local utility. Because Texas is deregulated, you can choose an electricity provider and plan that best fit your unique needs.
Electricity begins its journey to our homes and businesses at a generating facility where natural resources are converted into electricity. There are many different types of generating facilities, as a variety of traditional and renewable resources can be used to create electricity.
These are some of the most common types of facilities:
Transmission & Distribution
After electricity is generated, it moves through a complex system of electricity substations, transformers and power lines before it is ultimately delivered to your home. Transmission lines carry high-voltage electricity from the power plant to substations.
To get the electricity to you, retail electricity providers like Reliant utilize the services of a Transmission and Distribution Service Provider company. TDSP companies own and maintain power lines, and are responsible for the delivery of electricity to your home. In most cases, they are who you should call when you have a power outage.