Utility Services

Important Note

The information on this page is provided as a service. The Woodlands Township does not provide utility services.

The Woodlands is served by two electric utilities - Entergy Texas, Inc. (Entergy) a service provider that is regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, L.L.C. (CenterPoint), a “deregulated” electricity provider in which the customer chooses the Retail Electric Provider (REP) to supply their electricity. The area of the Township in which a resident lives determines which electric provider they will have.

Contact Information

For details on available utility services and providers, please refer to the Utility Services Information Packet.

Available Utilities in The Woodlands

Utility services provided in The Woodlands include:
  • Cable Service (Television and Internet Capability)
  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas
  • Telephone
  1. Regulations
  2. Oversight
Historically, utilities in the State of Texas have been regulated at State and/or federal levels depending on the service the utility company offers the public. At the State level, utilities are regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) or the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) . The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates at the federal level.

Regulating Franchise Areas
When they were formed, utility companies were assigned an exclusive franchise area in which only they could provide a defined service to the public. Because there was no competition for customers in their service territory, a governmental regulatory scheme was employed as a surrogate for competition. 

Regulatory agencies approved the terms and conditions of service a utility company provided and set the rate of return the company could earn for the service it offered the public. This utility model has evolved with the passage of time.