​Moving Gas Meters Outside​​​​  

Estimated beginning date: 2013 construction season

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​​​​Project Description​​​

What is CenterPoint Energy doing?

As part of a long-term system upgrade project, CenterPoint Energy will be moving residential gas meters from inside to outside of residents' homes. 

This project may also require replacing your natural gas service line that runs from the company’s natural gas main in the street to the meter. (See the diagram below.) The process is about three steps: 

  • Moving the natural gas meter to outside of the home
  • Reconnecting the natural gas meter to the existing gas piping 
  • Relighting the appliance pilot lights

Why is CenterPoint Energy doing this work?

  • Less inconvenience to our customers when routine maintenance and inspections are required per federal and state regulations
  • We will typically no longer need to come into the home to perform routine tasks
  • In the unlikely event of an emergency, outside natural gas meter locations provide emergency responders  easier access to the natural gas valve that serves as the main shut-off to the natural gas feed into the home
  • Some houses in the project areas will also have the natural gas service line that runs from the main to meter replaced

What will this mean for residents?

Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will work with the residents to schedule and perform this necessary work, and will need access to CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas meter inside the homes to move the meter outside and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated​. ​

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For more information or to schedule your meter move, please call 612-342-5123. To view CenterPoint Energy’s meter projects that are happening with the replacement of natural gas mains and service lines, please view our list of Project Sites