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Old 11-17-2015, 03:03 PM
 
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Hello,

Lately we've been experiencing more frequent and longer power outages in my area. It's always the same 45 houses. A light shower will trigger an outage...sometimes for 12 or more hours. Center Point says there's nothing they can do.

What are my options other than moving or installing a generator? Is Center Point free from any oversight?

Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Houston/The Hague
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Part of it is just the aging infrastructure in these old neighborhoods.

Our ~40 year old neighborhood with underground utilities in 77079 experiences occasional storm-related outages. They have become less frequent since CP did some line and transformer upgrades a couple years back.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:38 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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When I lived in that zip, I always knew we were going to lose power whenever we had even a light rain. I do not miss it. It's not just 45 houses - it's a lot more.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:27 PM
 
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Same thing is happening in my neighborhood near Stafford with about one whole block (thankfully not mine!). Center Point has made repairs and is currently replacing some of the underground lines. This neighborhood was built in the early-mid 70's and most everything is underground, aside from some poles on the outside of the neighborhood. They have said it is due to the aging lines.

My parents live in 77077 in a similar 1970's neighborhood with underground lines and have not really had any issues.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You can install one or several small UPS for electronics. Another option is whole house UPS system. It could be pricey.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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Hello,

Lately we've been experiencing more frequent and longer power outages in my area. It's always the same 45 houses. A light shower will trigger an outage...sometimes for 12 or more hours. Center Point says there's nothing they can do.

What are my options other than moving or installing a generator? Is Center Point free from any oversight?

Thanks!
They are regulated. Call the Texas Public Utilities Commission:

Public Utility Commission of Texas
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