Electric Grid Resiliency
CenterPoint Energy continues to focus on the safety, reliability and resiliency of our systems as we serve residential and business customers across our service territory.
Serving approximately 2.9 million homes and businesses in the greater Houston area and southwestern Indiana, and with 1,300 megawatts (MWs) of electric generation capacity in Indiana, our Electric Business expects strong growth opportunities ahead.
The current 10-year capital plan for our Electric Business includes more than $26 billion in customer-driven investments to grow, modernize and harden our existing infrastructure to support a more reliable and resilient energy delivery system.
Areas of focus for our strategic capital investments include:
- Enhance our transmission and distribution systems through modernization to further support safety, reliability and resiliency,
- Deploy advanced meter upgrades and expanding the intelligent grid to help reinforce reliability and reduce the duration of unexpected outages when they occur,
- Expand electric assets to support expected annual customer growth of 2% or more,
- Execute on new tools enabled by legislation, including emergency backup mobile generation capacity in Texas, and
- Move forward with our Net Zero transition and prepare for accelerated electric vehicle adoption.
We continue to progress on our energy transition plan that seeks to provide a balanced and flexible renewable energy mix while responsibly managing costs for our customers. In Indiana, we plan to retire 730 MWs of coal-fired generation in favor of renewables, and we expect to have approximately 1,000 MWs of power generation from sources such as wind and solar by 2025.
As we continue to invest in our system, we will enable the expansion of electric transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure, support additional renewable power to aid load growth, and adopt newer decarbonization energy technologies that have the added benefit of creating economic growth opportunities.
Electric Grid Highlights
Hardening of the Transmission, Substation and Distribution Grid to Improve Reliability and Resiliency of Our System
- Upgrading Transmission and Distribution system for extreme weather conditions
- Modernization, hardening and upgrading our system
- New distribution grid resiliency and reliability design criteria
- Creating a smarter grid system to improve reliability
- Expanding intelligent grid and upgrading advanced meter technology systems
- Leading advancements in digital solutions for operational resiliency
- Executing on new tools enabled by legislation
- Serves approximately 2.9 million electric metered customers
- Owns and operates approximately 4,000 miles of transmission lines
- Owns and operates more than 57,000 miles of distribution lines
- Serves approximately 150,000 electric metered customers
- Owns and operates more than 1,000 miles of transmission lines
- Owns and operates more than 7,000 miles of distribution lines
- Has generation capacity of approximately 1,300 MW