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CenterPoint Energy cuts natural gas bills in the City of New Braunfels

For more information contact:
Alicia Dixon, 713.207.5885

HOUSTON – October 3, 2006 - CenterPoint Energy will decrease the gas cost adjustment portion of the natural gas bill beginning this month following a decrease that took effect in August.  A similar adjustment will also take effect in other incorporated and rural areas around New Braunfels.

Wholesale natural gas prices have continued to decline over the last few weeks and CenterPoint Energy is passing along lower prices to its customers. The gas cost adjustment is an allowed adjustment to the gas supply charge portion of the natural gas bill and reflects the price CenterPoint Energy pays in the marketplace for natural gas.

The company passes on the cost of natural gas directly to customers with no markup. The adjustment will lower the average City of New Braunfels residential gas bill using 50 Ccf (hundred cubic feet) of natural gas by almost nine percent. This means a bill that was $64.99 will now be $59.34.

“CenterPoint Energy monitors current market conditions and adjusts our prices based on those conditions,” Alicia Dixon, CenterPoint Energy spokesperson said.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, and pipeline and field services operations.  The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Assets total approximately $16 billion.  With about 9,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 130 years.  For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.