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A brief history of CenterPoint Energy


  • Houston Lighting & Power Company 1905 is organized on January 9.


  • An organization of businessmen was granted the first franchise for distribution of natural gas in Shreveport, Louisiana.


  • A Houston Lighting & Power Company 1901 charter was drawn on November 12 by three men, including receiver Blake Dupree, who were all connected to the investment arm of General Electric, which was the bondholder of Citizens' Electric's assets.
  • Citizens' Electric Light & Power Company property and franchises sold on December 3 to HL&P 1901, whose charter was filed in Austin that same day.


  • The Gable Street power plant, which produced all of Houston's power for the first quarter of the century, placed its first two steam engines into service.