CenterPoint Energy is an electric transmission and distribution utility serving more than 5 million metered customers in the Houston metropolitan area. CenterPoint Energy also offers multi-state services including local natural gas distribution to six states, a competitive natural gas service in the eastern half of the country, and a interstate pipeline and field services operation.
Officially started in 2002, CenterPoint Energy traces its origins all the way back to 1866; the early days of electricity in Texas. Headquartered in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, CenterPoint has an ever-expanding portfolio of service offered to citizens all over the Midwest.
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The vision for CenterPoint Energy Texas is to be recognized as the country’s leading energy delivery company through comprehensive services, a high-performance culture, and a disciplined approach to creating value for customers. CenterPoint Energy Texas maintains the roughly 5,000-square-mile electric infrastructure—that includes wires, poles and substations—in the Houston metropolitan area. Over 80 percent of their more than 5 million metered customers are classified as residential customers.
Though they don’t technically provide energy, CenterPoint Energy is concerned about how they can help Texas customers save it. In 2008 they created a website dedicated to energy efficiency programs that could help customers save time and money. These programs include community outreach initiatives like Agencies in Action, a program that utilizes non-profit organizations to help deliver energy efficiency services to low-income customers, as well as several incentive programs for energy professionals like A/C distributors and lighting installation professionals. CenterPoint promotes the installation and use of energy efficient materials in homes.
As a Houston company, CenterPoint Energy Texas has made a commitment to the city and community to enhance the general quality of life in Houtson, and support community development programs. They boast a number of awards for their efforts, including multiple awards for crisis management and communication in the event of a hurricane or other inclement weather.
As a regulated utility, CenterPoint electricity does not generate or sell power. They own and maintain part of the Texas power infrastructure that makes the delivery of electricity possible. With more than 47,000 miles of distribution lines, CenterPoint delivers electricity on behalf of 79 electricity providers.
Not all 79 providers are in Houston, but there are still a lot to choose from. It can be a tough decision, so make sure to shop around and find the best provider for you. When you choose an energy provider, you’ll maintain your service and delivery from CenterPoint electricity. CenterPoint electricity does offer smart meter and intelligent grid technology to a limited number of their customers (part of their Energy Insight pilot program) to help them control and improve their energy use and power reliability. The smart meters are small devices, about the size of a cell phone, that relay information to customers—inside the home—that can help them better understand their electricity usage.
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