CenterPoint Energy to suspend controversial natural gas program

CenterPoint had come under fire from state Attorney General Lori Swanson who says some customers got pushed into the most expensive rates last winter because they had medical conditions that required them to turn up the heat in their homes.
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CenterPoint had come under fire from state Attorney General Lori Swanson who says some customers got pushed into the most expensive rates last winter because they had medical conditions that required them to turn up the heat in their homes.

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