So I have just started to sort out the power company and internet options here in this location. Of course the public utility commission of Texas allows you to get your choice of electric company and so that is a big deal, except that is something which is usually not that easy to figure out. You are going to have to figure it out if you want Reliant or some other power company for example. It is hard for you to tell a big difference from one to the next so far as I can tell. You have to see what is best for you and it is probable that one is not a lot different from the other. I would reckon that the big thing you want in a power company is for your power to be reliable and obviously there are going to be problems.
This is near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and you are going to have hurricanes. That is going to knock the power off and the question is who is going to answer the phone if you call up the number to say your power is off. Of course it is going to matter where you live and how many people get knocked out. There is going to be some situations where you are going to be lucky and others where you are going to flat out of luck. Say there is the once in a century hurricane like Katrina. Of course there is not a lot that can be done quickly if you have that sort of event. It is just way too catastrophic and the power company can not work miracles when they have damage to tens of thousands of their customers. You want them to do what can be done obviously.