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1960-1969
A brief history of CenterPoint Energy

1968

  • Electric Tower opened for business in downtown Houston on July 8.
  • First issue of HL&P preferred stock in 24 years, July 11.

1965

  • Conversion from incandescent to mercury vapor street lights began in June; completed in 1967, two years ahead of schedule.
  • New Galveston Service Center dedicated on October 28.
  • Groundbreaking ceremonies held for Electric Tower on December 9.

1962

  • 500,000th customer connected to power in Houston on December 7.

1961

  • Hurricane Carla caused $1.5 million in damage to HL&P property on September 11.
  • Houston's population reached one million on September 18.

1960

  • Boiler No. 2 at Webster exploded on August 11, causing more than a half-million dollars in damage.
  • HL&P requested first rate increase in company's history on September 27.
  • Arkansas Louisiana Gas acquired Consolidated Gas Utilities Corp., Southwest Natural Gas Co. and MidSouth Gas Co.