Before the township of Pasadena was established by John H. Burnett in 1893, the area was part of the colony controlled by Mexico. Texas revolted against the Mexican government in 1835 with the final battle taking place near the area where modern Pasadena stands now – thus earning for itself the moniker “Birthplace of Texas””. Several townships were proposed soon afterwards but it was Burnett’s plat that eventually took off and developed as a farming community.
From an agricultural town, Pasadena boomed into an industrial community with the discovery of. The city was eventually incorporated in 1928, at a time when residents were starting to enjoy the benefits of electricity, water and gas utilities in their residential and small business communities. The city flourished and expanded during the 1920s with the economy relying on refinery operations, heavy industries, petrochemical processing, maritime shipping, healthcare and aerospace, with Pasadena being the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Following the energy deregulation of Texas, residents from many cities like Pasadena now have the power to choose electricity providers. As residents continue to be educated about the deregulated power market many have come to understand their energy choice, payment options, and benefitted from the significant savings they derived from choosing the best electricity providers that would cater to their needs.
In Pasadena, the regional power pool is derived from a good mixture of traditional electricity generating plants and alternative energy resources such as wind power, hydroelectric, solar energy and natural gas. Aside from this electric choice, residents and businesses in the city will soon be enjoying the full deployment of the smart grid, using digital meters that not only wirelessly warns electric companies of power failures but provides users with detailed information of their electricity usage. This would give them an estimate of their monthly bills as well as giving them the option to choose time-of-use pricing and gain significant savings by using power during low-demand hours.