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HOUSTON INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

 HOUSTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Industries (NYSE: HOU) ("HI") announced today that it is making a series of organizational changes effective July 1, 1993, in order to better position itself for the operating environment that it sees developing in the future.
 Don D. Jordan, chairman and chief executive officer of HI, advised that the corporation has been involved in a six-month strategic planning process conducted by the senior management of the organization. "This process evaluated every aspect of our utility, cable and non-regulated activities in the context of recent legislative changes, as well as the changing economic environment in the international market place," Jordan commented.
 As a result of that strategic planning effort, the following changes will be effective July 1, 1993:
 -- Don D. Sykora will become president and chief operating officer of HI. Mr. Sykora previously served as president and chief operating office of Houston Lighting & Power (HL&P) and in his new capacity he will oversee the strategic planning, finance and governmental relations of the corporation, as well as the operational units involved in electric utility operations and non-regulated activities.
 -- R. Steve Letbetter will become president and chief operating officer of HL&P. Mr. Letbetter previously served as group vice president, finance & regulatory relations.
 -- Lee W. Hogan will become president and chief operating officer of a new corporation, Houston Industries Energy, Inc., which is being created to pursue non-regulated activities, both domestically and abroad, in the areas of electric power generation and distribution. H.I. Energy will assume responsibility for HI's current operations in Argentina, its non-affiliated transportation facilities and the responsibility for pursuing and developing all future non-regulated activities of the corporation.
 Mr. Jordan commented that this reorganization positions Houston Industries to pursue three principal lines of business: the regulated utility activities of HL&P, which serves 1.4 million electric customers in the Houston area; the cable television/telecommunication activities of KBLCOM, which serves over 1 million customers across the nation; and a new presence in domestic and foreign unregulated power generation and distribution markets, which will utilize HI's expertise in power generating technology, transmission and distribution system operations.
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 /CONTACT: Dan N. Bulla, 713-629-3120, or Sandra Brendler, 713-629-3123, both of Houston Industries Incorporated/
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