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CenterPoint Energy restores power to 588,000 customers

Houston – Sept. 15, 2008 – CenterPoint Energy reported that as of 8 p.m., the company had restored power to 588,000 customers and numerous key facilities. Of the 2.26 million CenterPoint Energy customers, 1.56 million customers, or 69 percent, are still without power.

Three thousand linemen and tree trimmers from as far away as Canada have now arrived to assist CenterPoint Energy’s electric restoration efforts.  By Wednesday, an additional 4,000 will be on the scene.  

Major Restoration Efforts 

CenterPoint Energy was asked by local, state and federal authorities to reroute power from the company’s electric grid to the Trinity River pumping station at the Lynchburg Reservoir using the same strategy the company used after Hurricane Rita. The pumping station, which is on Entergy’s electric grid, supplies water to chemical plants and refineries along the Houston Ship Channel and 10 cities, including Houston.

The company also restored all high voltage electric transmission connections between CenterPoint Energy and the rest of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas network. The company also made steady progress in restoring power to Galveston Island, despite challenging conditions, by energizing a second transmission line to the Island. 

As part of the company’s commitment to prioritize power restoration to key facilities, CenterPoint Energy has energized eight hospitals, including Brazosport Hospital, Cornerstone of Houston at Clear Lake, Park Plaza Hospital, San Jacinto Hospital, St. Christus, Tomball Regional,Triumph – North and Universal General.

CenterPoint Energy crews are working around the clock and will until everyone’s service is restored.