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2011

  • Feb. 23: Less than two years after beginning the installation of smart electric meters in the Houston area, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC installed its one millionth meter.
  • March 14: CenterPoint Energy launched new account service enhancements, giving natural gas customers even more convenient options accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week through CenterPointEnergy.com or its automated phone system.
  • March 18: The Texas Supreme Court issued its ruling on the appeal filed by a subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and certain other parties from the stranded cost true-up order issued in 2004 by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). The Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the PUC’s 2004 decision and remanded the case to the PUC for further action. Based on the Court’s decision and an earlier decision by the court of appeals, CenterPoint Energy estimates that, in the remand to the PUC, it will be entitled to seek recovery of approximately $922 million, plus interest.
  • April 29: More than 160 CenterPoint Energy electric linemen and support personnel worked in Arkansas and Mississippi to help Entergy restore power to tens of thousands of their customers who were without power following tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through the Deep South.
  • June 10: CenterPoint Energy, Inc. announced that the Texas Supreme Court has denied all motions for rehearing in its true-up appeal. The matter moved to the Texas Public Utility Commission for action consistent with the Court’s March 18 decision.
  • June 13: Texas’ biggest electric delivery utilities announced that their state will make history by jumpstarting the market for smart meter applications and empowering customers to benefit from smart meter technology. The Biggest Energy Saver CampaignSM encouraged the development of new software applications to help customers easily understand and use information from their new smart meters. It also encouraged customers to make the most of their smart meter data by changing their habits to reduce their energy usage and control their electric costs.
  • June 14: CenterPoint Energy - Thunder Pipeline Company, LLC, announced the start of a non-binding open season to gauge market interest in an expansion to support western Oklahoma production growth for delivery to markets in Oklahoma, and downstream interconnects with other intrastate and interstate pipelines including those in the Bennington, Okla., area and CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission’s (CEGT) Line AD.
  • Aug. 26: More than 80 CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel departed to help Pepco restore widespread power outages in Washington, D.C., following Hurricane Irene.
  • Nov. 3: CenterPoint Energy Services, Inc., acquired Asgard Energy, LLC effective Nov. 1. Asgard, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is a natural gas marketing company that supplies natural gas to commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers in five states including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and West Virginia.

2010

  • Jan. 22: CenterPoint Energy employees in Minnesota completed a 10-year plan to restore 23 acres of the company’s land along the Minnesota River in Burnsville to its native prairie state.
  • March 23: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, signs an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a $200 million stimulus grant for its advanced metering system and intelligent grid projects. The agreement is the culmination of negotiations that began in November 2009 after the DOE selected CenterPoint Energy as one of six utilities to receive the maximum smart grid grant under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
  • March 23: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, joins other electric transmission and distribution utilities (TDUs) in Texas to launch the Smart Meter Texas common portal and data repository, www.SmartMeterTexas.com, which will give consumers in Texas with smart meters more control over their electricity use.
  • April 28: CenterPoint Energy Field Services, Inc., will expand its gathering and treating services by 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/day) for subsidiaries of Encana and Shell’s growing Haynesville Shale natural gas production, on a project known as the Magnolia Gathering System. This expansion brings the total capacity to 900 MMcf/day.
  • May 3: CenterPoint Energy Field Services, Inc., enters into new long-term agreements with subsidiaries of Encana Corporation and Shell to provide gathering and treating services for their growing Haynesville Shale natural gas production located in portions of De Soto, Red River, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes in northwest Louisiana. The system will be known as the Olympia Gathering System.
  • June 14: CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company announces the start of a non-binding, three-week open season to gauge market interest in an additional expansion of its nearly 1.9 billion cubic feet per day, 42 inch Carthage to Perryville (Line CP) pipeline. This expansion would support growing volumes of gas produced from the Haynesville shale for delivery into the Perryville Hub and to Carthage area delivery points.
  • June 30: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) and the cities in its service area, cost data and other information that supports a base rate increase for delivery charges of approximately $76 million to the retail electric providers (REPs) that sell electricity to end-use customers in CEHE’s service territory. The rate package also supports an increase of $18 million for wholesale transmission customers.
  • Aug. 2: CenterPoint Energy has received the results of independent tests that verify the accuracy of its smart electric meters. The tests, conducted by Navigant Consulting LLC, confirm the accuracy of CenterPoint Energy’s smart meters, manufactured by Itron, Inc., as well as the effectiveness of the utility’s meter data management and data transfer process and controls. All of the thousands of CenterPoint Energy smart meters tested were found to be accurate by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.
  • Sept. 14: Ford Motor Company and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, announce a collaboration to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and CenterPoint Energy will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical infrastructure can support the necessary demand.
  • Nov. 17: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, announces that it has selected ABB, a leading power and automation technology company, for the electric company’s intelligent grid Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2013 and will cover more than half a million Houstonians in central Houston and along the Houston Ship Channel.