Reliant Energy provides electricity and energy services to more than 1.5 million retail customers—including homes, small and large businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and institutions across Texas.

As part of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), Reliant Energy is backed by one of the nation’s largest power producers. NRG owns and operates more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity, including more than 11,000 megawatts of capacity in Texas.

Reliant Energy traces its roots to the company that brought electricity to Houston for the first time. As you might imagine, things were simpler back then. There were no electricity meters, so service was provided on a flat rate…for $3 per month, customers would receive “an all night light.”

But despite this modest beginning, the wheels of progress were turning. And in the decades to come, electricity and the men and women of the “Light Company,” as it was known in those days, would play a vital role in bringing the city of Houston into the 20th Century. Like today, it was all done through an unwavering commitment to service, innovation and community.

Over the course of the next century, not only did electricity provide residential lighting to the city of Houston, it powered the city’s economic development and helped make NASA’s first space walk possible and established the city’s preeminent role in the space program.

Today, as part of NRG Energy, Reliant Energy is even stronger. The combination of NRG’s commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and innovation along with Reliant Energy’s heritage of service since competition began, innovation and community involvement uniquely positions Reliant Energy to create value for their customers.