Archive for the ‘CenterPoint Energy’ Category

Mayor Parker Plans To Fight The Power (Company)
March 9, 2010

 Mayor Annise Parker announces the City of Houston Challenge to CenterPoint Energy Gas Rate Increase   

Mayor Annise Parker announced today that the City of Houston will be asking the Texas Railroad Commission to reconsider the allocation of a substantial rate increase to Houston residential customers. On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, the Railroad Comission rejected CenterPoint Energy’s (gas) request for a $20 million plus rate increase and only approved an approximate $5 million increase in gas rates for the Houston area. The increase was originally denied in its entirety by the City of Houston in November 2009, and CenterPoint appealed the City’s decision to the Railroad Commission. Unfortunately, CenterPoint used this rate case to completely restructure how rates are paid by residential and industrial customers in Houston – to the detriment of residential customers. The Commission’s decision allows CenterPoint to significantly decrease gas rates by over $8 million to commercial and industrial customers while residential customers will pay an additional $18 million plus in their rates, significantly increasing the residential customer’s bill. In a change to long-standing policy, the Railroad Commission also granted CenterPoint’s request to collect street rental fees by CenterPoint from just in-city customers, even though CenterPoint admits all its customers – both inside and outside the city – benefit from the rented rights-of-way for the transmission of gas through its system. The street rentals (franchise fees) charged by municipalities have historically been collected from all customers because all customers benefit from the utility’s access to municipal rights-of-way. The Railroad Commission’s new treatment of street rentals places a still greater portion of the gas rate increase on residential customers located within the city limits.    

The City of Houston will be filing a Motion for Rehearing to request the Commission’s reconsideration of its decision on these two issues affecting Houston’s residential ratepayers.

Getting Power to the People
September 17, 2008


Its being called the largest power outage in Texas history.

Hurricane Ike left millions of people without power, and that  means no air conditioning, no TV or computers, and throwing away tons of food from non- working refrigerators and freezers.  

As you can imagine, patience is wearing thin for a lot of people still  living without electricity.

CenterPoint Energy says it has crews working around the clock to restore power to neighborhoods that remain in the dark.

The company released a  map of  where it expects to have power restored by this Friday.

You view the projections at

If  you need to report a downed power line, you can call 713-207-2222.

Meanwhile, 2 on the Beat spent the morning reporting from the Sam Houston Race Track , which has become the staging ground for thousands of power trucks, linemen and tree trimmers.

Many have travelled from across the country and Canada to assist CenterPoint employees with the tedious work of restoring power.