By potentially shifting a portion of the state’s very large energy needs from transportation onto the electric system, electric vehicles present challenges to Texas’s utility framework.
Several major utilities filed applications at the PUC to adjust charges associated with their electric distribution systems.
Cumulatively, the charges have totaled more than $6.6 billion. Utility customers — both home users or businesses — have had them included with their transmission and distribution rates.
CenterPoint serves as the primary electric transmission and distribution utility and natural gas utility for Houston, its surrounding areas and for a large swath of the Texas Gulf Coast.
CenterPoint’s sale of a big natural gas retail asset closed earlier this month for substantially less than initially anticipated.