One of the first major decisions you'll need to make in The Outer Worlds is whether to redirect power to Edgewater or the Deserters. This is part of the main quest called Comes Now The Power, which begins when you initially speak to Reed Tobson – and meet Parvati – in Edgewater. The question is, what are the consequences of redirecting power to either Edgewater or the Botanical Lab in The Outer Worlds, and which option should you pick?
Redirecting power to Edgewater
If you decide to redirect the power to Edgewater and force the Deserters to leave the Botanical Lab, at first, they're not going to be happy with you. That's not a big surprise. When you return to them and speak with Adelaide, she flips out on you, calling you a snake and claiming you've sentenced them to a "lifetime of slavery in Edgewater".
All is not lost, however! Adelaide says she will never return to Edgewater and would rather die than live under his management, but an opportunity presents itself. You can either try to persuade the Deserters to return to Edgewater anyway, or you can tell her you're willing to deal with Reed for her.
This presents two options: you can go back to the Saltuna Cannery and kill Reed Tobson, or if you have high enough stats, you can actually convince him to step down from his post and let Adelaide take his job. The decision is ultimately yours to make, as there's no special reward for either option. It's worth noting that if you do kill (or pickpocket) Reed, you may be able to get the keycard for his storage room in his office.
Redirecting power to the Deserters
Redirecting the power to the Deserters at the Botanical Lab quite obviously makes Reed Tobson mad, and he makes it so you need to kill a bunch of guards to reach the power regulator. That's on top of all the automechanicals you'll need to kill, so it's definitely the more chaotic option. No matter which you go for, after you pick up the power regulator, return to the person whose power you deprived to finish the quest.