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A brief history of CenterPoint Energy


  • HL&P customer count surpassed 800,000 on November 30.
  • HL&P’s first coal-fired generating plant went into service.


  • Entex acquired the gas distribution properties of the Houston Natural Gas Corporation.
  • Formation of Houston Industries, Inc. was approved by HL&P stockholders on December 8.
  • Minnesota Gas Co. acquired Cengas, natural gas properties of CENTEL - Central Telephone and Utilities Corp. in Nebraska and South Dakota


  • Public hearings on STP nuclear plant began on April 22.
  • Texas Legislature passed bill providing for the creation of the Public Utility Commission on June 2.
  • Limited Work Authorization for STP granted August 12.
  • Preliminary work at STP began September 22.
  • Construction permit issued for STP on December 22.


  • Application for construction permit for South Texas Project filed with the Atomic Energy Commission on May 17.
  • United Gas, Inc. name changed to Entex, Inc.
  • Minnesota Gas Co. merged with Minnesota Natural Gas Company.
  • Minnesota Gas Company acquired Central Natural Gas Company.
  • Executive elections for HL&P were held on December 3. J.G. Reese was elected chairman of the board and CEO; Don D. Jordan was elected president


  • South Texas Project (STP) to build nuclear power plant announced on June 6.
  • Participation Agreement signed by HL&P, CP&L and San Antonio on July 1.
  • Austin joined STP on December 1.


  • State-of-the-art Energy Control Center dedicated in downtown Houston on May 9.


  • United Gas Corporation, which grew out of the company that acquired HL&P in 1887, merged with Pennzoil and spun off the distribution unit as United Gas, Inc., which later became Entex.
  • Minimum bill for HL&P customers increased to $1.90 on December 22.