From our President & CEO, David M. McClanahan:
I'd like to welcome you to CenterPoint Energy. We're a company with proud traditions and a long history of service. CenterPoint Energy is comprised of a utility that delivers electricity to the Houston metropolitan area, local natural gas distribution businesses in six states, competitive natural gas sales in the eastern half of the United States and an interstate pipeline and field services operation. We're an established company with substantial assets that are managed by experienced people.
Our vision is to be recognized as America's leading energy delivery company … and more. At CenterPoint Energy, we believe that business results are achieved through the skills, talents and abilities of our diverse work force. Our long tradition of dedication and hard work add up to a company of people who are always there for our customers and neighbors, for our employees and their families, and for our shareholders.
The Communities We Serve
What we do ...
The energy we deliver is at the center of our customers' lives: from 24-hour a day television broadcasts … to gas kitchens … to comfortable gas heating … to hand-held computers and cellular phone connections.
We know that reliable energy is not a luxury. It's up to us to keep the lights on and to provide clean natural gas for homes, factories and businesses. CenterPoint Energy is a company of people who are always there. Check out Fingertip Facts for a quick glance at a variety of information about CenterPoint Energy and take a look at the 2010 Annual Report for a more in-depth overview.
CenterPoint Energy operates in five primary businesses: natural gas sales and distribution, electric transmission and distribution, natural gas interstate pipelines, natural gas field services and competitive natural gas sales and services:
- Electric Transmission & Distribution (T&D) – We maintain the wires, poles and electric infrastructure serving the 5,000-square-mile electric service territory in the Houston metropolitan area. While CenterPoint Energy employees ensure the reliable delivery of power from power plants to homes and businesses, we neither generate power nor sell it directly to customers.
- Natural Gas Distribution – We sell and deliver natural gas to more than 3 million homes and businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, including the high growth areas of Houston and Minneapolis.
- Natural Gas Interstate Pipelines – We operate two interstate natural gas pipeline systems that together have 8,000 miles of pipe and handle approximately 1 trillion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas each year.
- Natural Gas Field Services – Focused on the mid-continent region, we gather, treat and process natural gas moving it from wellhead to pipeline. We also provide maintenance and technical services including our remote wellhead monitoring and measuring product, ServiceStar.
- Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services – Our gas marketing business, CenterPoint Energy Services, sells non-rate regulated natural gas and related services to nearly 7,000 commercial, industrial and wholesale customers that are primarily located in the eastern half of the United States.
Giving back is our way of saying thank you
CenterPoint Energy employees are untiring volunteers in the communities where we live. We lend support to educational, civic, social and environmental initiatives that enhance the quality of life for our customers and we work with groups from many backgrounds, tailoring our relationship and assistance to meet their needs. Through our volunteer programs, in 2009 we contributed more than 190,600 volunteer hours to the communities we serve. Using the Independent Sector's $20.85 hourly rate for volunteer hours, that means our employees donated nearly $4 million in time to their communities.
Our Code of Ethics
The CenterPoint Energy Ethics and Compliance Code is based on our core values of INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, INITIATIVE and RESPECT, and reflects the basic ethical principles that guide our conduct every day.
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