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CITY OF HOUSTON
OFFICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBER PETER BROWN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2008
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HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER PROPOSES SOLUTION TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
HOUSTON, TEXAS - September 30, 2008 - Houston City Council Member Peter Brown
Large, Position 1) proposes that a Task Force be created immediately to
a cost-effective way to ensure reliable electricity for Houstonians.
Houston's wooden poles, overhead wires and transformers are severely outdated.
Adding to the problem, many of these poles, wires and transformers are located
drainage ditches or dangerously close to large trees, curbs and buildings.
"It is neither practical nor cost effective to operate a 21st century modern
on an electrical system designed in the 19th century," says Council Member
"We absolutely must better protect our homeowners and businesses from massive
outages due to hurricanes."
The Council Member says, "We need to modernize our electrical system, including
burying electrical lines on major streets. About half of the new electrical
constructed in the U.S. over the past 20 years have been placed underground,
for economic, public safety and aesthetic reasons. It's called a 'smart
Establishing a Task Force, made up of elected officials, business and community
leaders, would be the logical first step to updating Houston's electrical
Brown says a Task Force should address the following:
1) Improve coordination between CenterPoint Energy, the City of Houston and
County. An electricity recovery plan should be clearly outlined in the Emergency
Management and Recovery Action Plan.
2) Require underground lines in all new major street construction and
in new subdivisions.
3) Secure feeder and distribution lines, essential to key businesses,
institutions, and residential areas, either underground or in engineered rear
4) Address the issue of high electrical rates in Houston, among the highest in
nation. Recommendations should be made to the PUC.
For more information, contact Maverick Welsh in the Office of Houston City
Member Peter Brown at 832-393-3014.
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Peter Brown is a third-generation Houstonian, a nationally recognized architect
and urban planner, serving his second term in At-Large Position 1 on Houston
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