CenterPoint Energy Inc.

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    August 4, 2014

    My Power Went Out and The E-Mail I Got from CenterPoint Surprised Me

    On Sunday night just after 7 p.m., I was finishing making dinner when the lights went out. Fortunately, I was finished cooking, but it still was surprising. There were no storms in the area. In fact, the weather was damn beautiful for an August evening. And here my wife and I sat without power. As w ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Thanks to CenterPoint, We'll Get Biking Trails and LED Streetlights

    We told you last week that a bike plan was on the way for Houston. Thanks to CenterPoint Energy, Houston cyclists have another win to celebrate. Hiking and biking trails will be allowed along CenterPoint's utility ROWs (that's right-of-ways). According to a press release from the mayor's office, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    This Little Spring Storm That Hit Us Knocked Out Power for More Than 5,000

    If your power went out this afternoon, you weren't alone. CenterPoint Energy's outage map was reporting 6542 customers out by late afternoon with folks getting restored sometime around 5p.m., according to spokesperson. There's no telling why this cold weather couldn't keep its ass in winter like ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Want a Free Tree for State Arbor Day?

    State Arbor Day is coming up and in keeping with this day of celebrating trees the folks with Arbor Day Foundation and Center Point Energy are giving away free trees. Of course there's always a catch (nothing in life is free -- whether someone is offering you a donut, a puppy or a trip on an oceanl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Councilwoman Helena Brown Is A Self-Made Video Star, Of Sorts

    When Hair Balls first cast about for reasons behind Houston Woman Magazine's selection of Helena Brown as one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women" earlier this month, the only thing we could come away with was a statement from Brown's office. According to the councilwoman's coterie, her selectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    CenterPoint Energy Nightmare: Cypress Woman Nailed With Sky-High Bill Due to "Meter Tampering"

    ​In August, Carsie Launey opened her monthly electric bill. A number approaching four figures was before the decimal point. "CenterPoint Energy had billed me $923.39, claiming the electricity meter installed at my property was tampered with," says Launey. "I never tampered with that meter. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    William McRaven, UT Journalism Grad, SEAL Boss: Five Stories He Might Have Written As a Cub Reporter

    How many units responded to the fire, McRaven?​As we noted yesterday, Admiral William McRaven, the head of Special Ops who commanded the raid that got Osama bin Laden, is a University of Texas grad with a degree in journalism. Like many cub reporters, he decided his journalism skills would be ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2011

    Bikes on Easements

    North-south cycling trails could be a go!

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    April 7, 2011

    Houston Bike Paths: "Easing" Their Way To A Glorious Future?

    Open spaces begging to be used​About a year-and-a-half ago, as a sidebar to an article we wrote on the perils of urban cycling here in Houston, we cast our battle-tested, road-weary eyes longingly toward the possibility of CenterPoint Energy surrendering their scores of miles of utility easeme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Rush Limbaugh Gets Pwned By CenterPoint

    What? Rush was wrong about something?​Rush Limbaugh is still busy preaching to the choir these days, even if his influence on anyone who isn't a hard-core Republican has withered away. Apparently he was ranting earlier this week about smart meters, those devices that provide consumers with ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    What Were You Doing Two Years Ago? Hoping The Power Would Come On

    No, you're not getting your ESPN​Two years ago, if you were living in Houston, you were beginning your long, long journey of post-Ike living without electricity.Maybe you were very, very lucky, or maybe you were one of those people who planned ahead and got a generator, but chances instead are tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Ford Jumping On Houston's Electric-Car Trend

    Horseless carriages that run on electricity?​Houston has been getting a lot of attention for its seeming devotion to the electric car -- or at least its demonstrated devotion to issuing plans about using electric cars -- and now Ford is jumping on the bandwagon.The company announced today it would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    © David Nathan-Maister and Oxygenee Ltd.​Although it's taking place next month, spots will fill up quickly for Absinthe: Revealed, so we're doing you a favor by telling you about it now. On December 5 at 7:30 p.m., Avant Garden will be hosting a "celebration of tastings and truths" about o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Chipotle Will Install Solar Panels Everywhere But Houston

    Photo by lcrf​Hair Balls is always worrying about reducing our carbon footprint -- in fact, we're constantly using aerosol-spray cleansers and dusters to reduce it like a mofo -- which is why we were stunned to learn in the Houston Business Journal that beloved burrito builders Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    CenterPoint Hits The Jackpot At The Federal Stimulus Feeding Trough

    Photo courtesy White House Flickr group​Let them bitch all they want in Chicago about getting shut out of federal stimulus funds for "smart-grid" power projects. Here in Houston, we're kicking ass.The federal gummint, that socialistic, fascist Big Brother, announced today how it is spending $3.4 b ... More >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    Ghost Riders: Easy Come, Easy No

    CenterPoint Energy's power line easements would make ideal bike highways. Too bad they won't let us use them.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    June 1: And So It Begins......

    NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!! (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!!!) Today is the beginning of the hurricane season.While the rest of the so-called mainstream media will ignore this important milestone simply because writing or airing stuff about hurricanes in Houston results in cheap increases in ratings and clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Two Men Jump Out of the Way as Shards of Glass Rain Down From Houston Office Building

    Just after 1 p.m. as the lunch crowd was making its way out of downtown restaurants and back to their office cubicles, the general peace was disturbed by one of those true OMG moments.The wind was gusting pretty high when two guys sort of ran sideways on the sidewalk and glass from an office window ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    The Great and Mighty Oz, a/k/a CenterPointlandia

    A little while ago we received a letter at our home warning us that CenterPoint Energy was thinking about disconnecting our service. Our offense was not an unpaid bill – it was that our meter had become inaccessible. Not only could we be disconnected, we’d have to pay for the re-hook-up. Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Ike-Response Hearings Begin; FEMA Doesn't Bother To Show Up

    The first of four House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike hearings kicked off this morning at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. Chaired by Rep. Sylvester Turner (we like to call these the “Ike-Turner” hearings), the Committee’s goal, as explained by Turner, “is to come out of these hea ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
  • News

    January 25, 2007

    What Can Brown Do for You?

    New Orleans is about to find out

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Dark Water

    A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure

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    May 25, 2006
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    May 25, 2006

    Gator Aid

    Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.

  • News

    May 11, 2006

    Diary of a Mad Man

    Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Daddy Day Care

    Bars and kids -- perfect together in Houston

  • News

    June 10, 2004