Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2009 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s electric transmission and distribution subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC, reached a significant milestone on August 1 when it completed the installation of 45,000 smart meters and started delivering enhanced smart meter functionality to retail electric providers (REPs), including 15 minute interval energy usage data.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric delivers energy to Houston, the nation's 4th largest city and "energy capital of the world," and home to N.A.S.A. and the Texas Medical Center.

“This is a significant achievement in our technology development,” said Kenny Mercado, division senior vice president, Advanced Metering System Deployment. “Smart meter functionality is an important step in providing consumers with the insight and tools to monitor their usage so that they can make smart energy decisions.”

Smart meters will be read remotely virtually eliminating the need to go house to house. The smart meter functionality also enables remote connection and disconnection of electric service, which should reduce the time it takes to process service orders for most homes and some small businesses.

With this functionality, the REPs can also view their customers' historical 15-minute interval usage over an interim CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric web portal and next year a portal will be available to consumers as well. This will help consumers monitor the effects of thermostat adjustments or changes in energy use. Using less energy can save consumers money, which means less power may need to be produced, benefiting the environment.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric's five-year smart meter deployment began in March 2009. By the end of the year, 145,000 smart meters will be installed along with the necessary communications infrastructure and computing systems. 2.4 million meters are expected to be installed system-wide by the project's completion in 2014.