Confronting the problems Texans have with electric vehicles
Gas prices are pretty high, hovering between $3.50 and $4 depending where you fill up. You would think that more and more people would be looking at electric vehicles. But KPRC2 Investigates has learned that selling Texans on EVs may be an uphill battle. We take a look at what’s being done to address people’s concerns.
Exclusive: World's largest Christian broadcaster taps Fox News alums for pivot to news
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), which calls itself the world's largest Christian television broadcaster, is launching a news show called “Centerpoint” with Fox News alums.Why it matters: TBN is looking to build a "Christian lifestyle brand" rather than just "preaching and teaching," TBN VP of Marketing Nate Daniels told Axios.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDetails: "Centerpoint" will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on weekdays and willnews.yahoo.com
I-35 exit ramp closures planned near outlet malls for Black Friday shopping
Two Interstate 35 exit ramps will be closed in San Marcos during the upcoming Black Friday weekend.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News Black Friday, SAN MARCOS, Outlet Mall, San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Homeowner calls KPRC 2 Investigates to get leaking CenterPoint transformer replaced
A woman in Spring became concerned when she discovered an oil leak. The oil was dripping onto her property. But when the company that owned the leaky equipment wouldn’t return her calls, she called KPRC 2 investigator Amy Davis.
Several people injured in natural gas explosion, fire near Klein
KLEIN, Texas – Several people were injured Friday in a large natural gas explosion and fire near Klein that prompted an evacuation of some residents in the area. Officials from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said that a crew from Comcast was working in the area and nicked a natural gas line. The crew called in a CenterPoint crew to inspect the line which is when two lines exploded, officials said. Full Screen 1 / 12 Flames shoot from the scene of a large natural gas fire near Klein, Texas, on March 5, 2021. Residents who had their natural gas service interrupted as a result of the incident are urged not to turn any valves or tamper with the natural gas meter for safety reasons.
Multiple People Injured After Reported Gas Line Explosion/Fire in Gleannloch Farms
6:49 PM Update: Officials have begun the evacuation of homes nearby the gas leak/fire in Gleannloch Farms. 6:28 PM Update: Five people have been transported to area hospitals, one being listed in critical condition and transported by Lifelight. Spring, Texas – Multiple people have been injured after a gas line exploded and caught fire in the Gleannloch Farms subdivision. Sources tell us there is an uncontained leak from a large gas line with active fire. There are multiple people that have been injured.springhappenings.com
Lawsuit filed against ERCOT, CenterPoint after Texas man dies of hypothermia during power outage
Lawsuit filed against ERCOT, CenterPoint after Texas man dies of hypothermia during power outage A Houston family is in mourning after their loved one died of hypothermia during last week's power outages. Janet Shamlian reports on their loss and how they're trying to cope.cbsnews.com
Should you switch electricity providers or stay where you are? Here’s what you need to know.
HOUSTON – Last week’s electric shortage has given some customers a jolt. Some people who were on variable rate wholesale electricity plans now owe thousands of dollars for just one month of power. If you were to switch providers today, Jesson Bradshaw, the CEO of Energy Ogre says rates are not bad. CenterPoint is now going back and correcting that usage data to send to retail electric providers so they know what to charge customers. And if you’re on a switch hold, you can not switch from your provider,” said Davies.
Family Of Houston Man Who Died During Winter Storm Sues ERCOT, CenterPoint – Houston Public Media
It’s the latest in a number of lawsuits against Texas’ grid operator, which currently has immunity from legal action. Doyle Austin lost power at his house in Acres Homes on Valentine's Day, according to the lawsuit filed in Harris County District Court Monday. Currently, ERCOT has sovereign immunity and is the only grid operator in the country that’s protected from lawsuits. When contacted by Houston Public Media, CenterPoint said it doesn't comment on pending lawsuits. On Saturday, the family of a Conroe boy who died in his home during the freeze last week sued ERCOT and Entergy Texas for $100 million.houstonpublicmedia.org
Some CenterPoint customers say they received a $200,000 bill; company says it’s an error
HOUSTON – Some CenterPoint Energy customers contacted KPRC 2 on Thursday and said they had received a bill for more than $200,000. Everyone who contacted KPRC 2 said they received a bill for the same amount -- $202,102,16. In a statement, CenterPoint officials said the power outages caused a technical issue that generated incorrect bill notification emails that were sent to about 27,000 Houston-area customers. “Customers who received an e-mail notification showing an amount due of $202,102.16 for natural gas, should disregard and not pay it as they don’t owe this amount,” officials said in the statement. Officials said the error was only made in the email notification and it was not a billing error.
Spencer Solves It: Houstonians expecting to dish out money as pipes burst from winter storms
KPRC 2 Consumer Investigator Bill Spencer has what you need to know to avoid getting ripped off. In the midst of a weather emergency throughout Texas, 46-year-old Tamika Thomas is frightened. I don’t have no $1,200,” Thomas said. Burst water pipes are a problem many Houstonians will be facing over the next several days. If you have had a pipe or pipes burst inside your home, a certified plumber told Spencer you should expect to pay anywhere between $250 and $650 for repairs.
CenterPoint explains why some customers are without power and others are not
Keep in mind, Centerpoint does not create or generate electricity, all they do is take the electricity and pass it on to customers. That was when Centerpoint started moving around electricity for certain customers. So some customers will see their power back on during the middle of the night,” he added. Mercado said Centerpoint was making good headway getting power back on to customers, but the company hit a new roadblock early Tuesday morning. Mercado said as power plants that are owned by third parties come online, they have to ramp up slowly before being at full power.
CenterPoint linemen heading to East Coast to help after Isaias
HOUSTON Nearly 100 CenterPoint Energy linemen in Houston are heading up to the East Coast to lend a hand. One group was waiting at CenterPoint Energys Sugar Land Service Center to travel. An entire group of over 50 people used to travel together during the trips, but due to COVID-19, theyre having to take new precautions to make sure everyone stays safe.
Neighborhood locked down during SWAT standoff in NW Harris Co.
An armed suspect in an aggravated assault is barricaded inside his home in the 6900 block of Hamilton Falls Dr. in the Twin Falls neighborhood. Residents are urged to avoid the area. #hounews pic.twitter.com/pItpPCKPwa HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) October 23, 2019Deputies are shutting down traffic on Spring Cypress near Twin Falls as a precaution. #hounews HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) October 23, 2019HUGE area blocked off SWAT surrounded home in Twin Falls subdivision. @HCSOTexas tells me they believe just one person is inside thats the man with a gun.abc13.com