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A brief history of CenterPoint Energy


  • Citizens' Electric Light & Power Company chartered on July 29 and three days later purchased the franchise and all the equipment of Fort Wayne Jenny Electric Light Company.


  • A franchise to operate in Houston was granted to Fort Wayne Jenny Electric Light Company of Indiana.


  • Houston Electric Light & Power rechartered and taken over on June 21 by bitter rival Houston Gas Light Company.


  • Houston Electric Light & Power franchise transferred to J.W. Jones, a trustee, on March 12.


  • First electric street lamps in Houston lighted May 31.


  • Houston Electric Light & Power files a charter on May 20 and is granted a franchise by the Houston City Council on June 5.
  • The electric company conducted the first test of lights on December 15.