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High-tech industries sensitive to fluctuations in power quality thrive in Austin. Area providers are experienced in providing specialized technical and engineering support to high tech-companies. Austin Energy, which serves a 421 square-mile area, has achieved outage duration and outage frequency rates that are among the best in the nation. Customers outside of the service territory of Austin Energy and the area's other muncipal and cooperative providers, that is, in Texas' deregulated market, have Power to Choose their retail electric provider.
|This publicly-owned utility serves Austin and several other smaller municipalities in Travis and Williamson Counties.
|Bastrop Power & Light
|This publicly-owned utility serves Bastrop in Bastrop County.
|Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
|Bluebonnet serves parts of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties.
|City of Lockhart
|This publicly-owned utility serves Lockhart in Caldwell County.
|Georgetown Utilities Systems
|This publicly-owned utility serves Georgetown in Williamson County.
|Pedernales Electric Cooperative
|Pedernales serves parts of Hays, Williamson and Travis Counties as well as a small part of Caldwell County.
|San Marcos Electric Utility
|This publicly-owned utility serves San Marcos in Hays County.
|Oncor Electric Delivery Co.
|Oncor, an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility, is certified to provide electric service to deregulated areas across the state. In the Austin area, Oncor serves customers in Round Rock, Taylor and Elgin in Williamson County, Pflugerville in Travis County, as well as parts of north Austin. Customers in deregulated areas choose among completive retail electric providers. For businesses, shopping for electricity can be a negotiated purchase process, similar to the purchase of a large quantity of computers or wholesale materials for manufacturing or business operations. The Power to Choose website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas allows electric customers to compare providers and plan options.