NEW NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION RATES APPROVED
EFFECTIVE 2014
UNDERSTAND HOW THE NEW RATES AFFECT YOUR GAS BILL

Your gas dollar

CenterPoint Energy’s Basic and Delivery charges recover only the cost of utility distribution service – about 30-40 percent of the bill. The wholesale cost of gas – about 60-70 percent of the bill – is passed through to customers with no markup.

 


How the new rates will affect monthly bills

The approved rate changes affect individual monthly bills differently depending on amount of natural gas used and customer rate class. Bills will also vary because the wholesale cost of natural gas changes each month. Customers’ bills contain three parts: Basic Charge, Delivery Charge and cost of gas, which is passed through directly to customers without mark-up. The Basic Charges and Delivery Charges recover only the cost of providing utility distribution service to our customers – about 30-40 percent of the bill. They do not include wholesale gas costs – about 60-70 percent of the bill. View whats changing on your bill 

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New revenue decoupling pilot program starts July 2015

The purpose of revenue decoupling is to reduce CenterPoint Energy’s disincentive to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency. Revenue decoupling separates the link between the amount of revenue CenterPoint Energy collects from its customers and changes in the amount of natural gas they use. Revenue decoupling allows CenterPoint Energy to automatically adjust its rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers once each year. CenterPoint Energy will adjust its rates up or down each year to make up for any short fall or excess in non-gas sales revenue. This pilot program will start with July 2015 usage. The first decoupling rate adjustment will appear on customer bills in fall 2016. We will provide more information on the decoupling pilot program in the future.
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