Small States Must Diversify Their Energy Infrastructure

It’s still strange to think that I’m able to freely call a competing energy company (www.choosetexaspower.org) and have my service switched over should my current provider raise the prices. This is an option that I’ve never actually had before – it’s almost enough of a novelty that I simply want to switch services on principle. In Indiana I was never given a choice. I had the one company and I better be darn sure that I was happy with them because otherwise I wasn’t going to have any energy service to my home if I decided to cancel. Options are good for the market and good for the consumer soul.

In a very odd way it gives me a feeling that I would liken to safety. It’s nice knowing that if something should go wrong with my provider or, if I suddenly find my financial situation a bit tighter than I would like, that I am completely free to call another energy service provider up and have everything moved over. I can’t recall a time that I have ever had more than a single company for any of the services that go into my home. Cable, utility or otherwise. It’s very odd!

I suppose Texas is able to do this because of the plethora of natural resources they have. It gives the industry the opportunity to spread itself out and to have access, and built, multiple grids. The Lone Star State is huge after all. I cannot imagine a single company being able to provide everyone in the state with the power they need. The upkeep alone for the grids would be a huge process for a single provider to manage. It only makes sense to have multiple corporations performing the same service throughout. It wouldn’t hurt smaller states to diversify, though.

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