OGE among those helping a Houston utility under fire over Hurricane recovery

This combination of satellite images provided by NASA shows the nighttime city lights in Houston on Friday, July 5, 2024, left, several days before Hurricane Beryl slammed into the city and on Tuesday, July 9, after the hurricane hit. More than a million people in the area remained without power Wednesday, July 10, and officials say it may take days or even longer for restoration in some places. (NASA via AP)

(before and after the storm)


The 100 or more Oklahoma Gas and Electric workers sent to Houston to help restore power arrived to help a beleagered CenterPoint Energy, a power company that’s facing criticism over its lack of speed in bringing back power after Hurricane Beryl hit the city last weekend.

The OG&E workers left Wednesday morning as millions of Texans remain without electricity while temperatures reached sweltering conditions.

The Associated Press reports CenterPoint is Houston’s utility provider and there is growing criticism over whether the huge company was sufficiently prepared before the storm hit. According to the AP, nearly 1.3 million homes and businesses were still without power as of Wednesday afternoon.

Some members of the Houston city council raised critical questions about CenterPoint’s inability to restore power quickly. CenterPoint defended its position and explained it had brought in another 12,000 workers from outside Houston—-that’s’ where the OGE workers come into play.

The wire service quoted CenterPoint Energy’s Brad Tutunjian, vice president for regulatory policy as explaining the additional help could not have been brought in before the storm because it would not have been safe for them to “ride out” the hurricane.

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