​CenterPoint Energy files to change natural gas distribution rates for customers in Minnesota
​​​MINNEAPOLIS –August 3, 2015- CenterPoint Energy today filed an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to change the company’s natural gas distribution rates.  If approved, the new rates would generate approximately $54 million or 6 percent in additional revenue on an annual basis. The effect on individual monthly bills will vary depending on natural gas use. If approved, the net impact of the new rates will increase the average residential customer’s bill by about $5 per month.
 
“Our significant investments, such as our ongoing pipeline replacement programs, maintain the safety and reliability of our natural gas system and benefit our customers and communities,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of CenterPoint Energy’s regional gas operations. “These capital investments, which are the primary reasons for this proposed increase, help ensure that we have a modernized, technologically advanced natural gas system that will continue to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.” 
 
This filing seeks approval to change the distribution charge on a customer’s natural gas bill, which makes up about 40 to 50 percent of the total bill and covers the cost of distributing natural gas. The filing does not apply to the cost of natural gas, which is the wholesale price the company pays for natural gas, and makes up about 50 to 60 percent of the bill. The wholesale price of natural gas changes monthly depending on market prices and is passed on directly to customers with no mark-up.
 
The proposed change affects two components that make up the distribution charge portion of a customer’s bill:
  • ​First, CenterPoint Energy is proposing to increase the monthly Basic Charge for residential customers from $9.50 to $11.50 a month.
  • Second, the company is proposing to increase the Delivery Charge from the current $0.18977 per therm (which includes the $0.00519 per therm for the Gas Affordability Service Program) to $0.22405 per therm.
The principal reasons CenterPoint Energy is proposing to change base rates are to:
  • ​Recover the company’s significant capital expenditures in its Minnesota service area. In accordance with natural gas pipeline safety and integrity regulations, these capital expenditures are necessary to maintain a safe and reliable system, to respond to significant public improvement requirements on the system and to modernize the system with technology improvements.
  • Establish rates for all customers groups that better reflect the actual costs of providing service to those customers.
  • Achieve an overall revenue recovery level that meets the company’s financial objectives. 
The MPUC is generally allowed 10 months to issue a final decision on general rate filings, however, if the MPUC approves, interim (temporary) rates are expected to take effect on Oct. 2, 2015, and will be in place until a final decision is made. If the final rates are lower than interim rates, CenterPoint Energy will refund customers the difference including interest. If final rates are higher than interim rates, customers will receive no additional charges for natural gas used while interim rates were in effect.
 
Customers with questions about the proposed change to natural gas distribution rates can call CenterPoint Energy at 612-372-4727 or toll-free 800-245-2377, or visit the company’s website at CenterPointEnergy.com/RateCase.
 
Additionally, public hearings will be held to provide customers and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the rate request, followed by formal hearings at the MPUC.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.
 
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as future regulatory actions on the MPUC application, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.  
2015-08-03T20:30:00Z
CenterPoint Energy invites all to celebrate, cheer on and enjoy the 10th annual MOST Amazing Race

MINNEAPOLIS – July 24, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy invites the public to the Stone Arch Bridge on Saturday at 2 p.m. for The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race, which benefits their Hunger and Homelessness programs in the Twin Cities. CenterPoint Energy, for the second consecutive year, is the presenting sponsor of The MOST Amazing Race, which is an official event of the 76th Annual Minneapolis Aquatennial.

“We’re excited to once again be sponsoring this year’s MOST Amazing Race in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the race,” said Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy has a long history of partnering with The Salvation Army and we are proud that through our sponsorship and volunteer efforts we can make a difference in support of The Salvation Army’s hunger and housing programs.”  

The MOST Amazing Race is modeled after the TV show, with up to 30 teams racing around Minneapolis performing mental and physical challenges. Teams of two must raise a minimum of $200 to participate in a qualifying event held the morning of the race and up to 10 teams can skip the qualifier by being a top fundraiser. The first team to the finish line wins $5,000. The money raised benefits The Salvation Army’s Hunger and Homelessness programs in the Twin Cities.  More than $550,000 has been raised since the event started in 2006. 

CenterPoint Energy continues to maintain a long-standing focus on education, conservation, community development, volunteer outreach, environment and safety.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community​.


CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®​. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

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2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Freeport a $2,400 grant for emergency scene signs, portable scene lights, collapsible traffic cones, beacon kit and five-point safety vests that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community​.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com​.


2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

​​MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Luverne a $2,500 grant for emergency communication equipment that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community​.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – July 27, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Medford a $2,500 grant for new helmets for firefighters that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – July 27, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Otsego a $2,500 grant for 800 MHz radios that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy declares $0.2475 quarterly dividend

Houston – July 24, 2015 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE: CNP) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2475 per share of common stock payable on Sept. 10, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 14, 2015. 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp.,  which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-24T05:00:00Z
Join us for the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

​​MINNEAPOLIS – July 21, 2015 – The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade will be held Wednesday, July 22 from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. As one of the biggest and brightest parades in the state and a Minneapolis Aquatennial flagship event, this one-of-a-kind display will light up Downtown Minneapolis with a procession of bands and entertainment units marching down Hennepin Avenue.

 This year’s parade marks the fifteenth consecutive year that CenterPoint Energy has taken part in the Aquatennial festivities and sponsored the Torchlight Parade.
 
“The company is pleased to sponsor the 76th annual CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade for the fifteenth consecutive year,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota. “Our employees are proud to live, work and volunteer in the communities that the company serves every day. To show our pride and appreciation for our customers and communities, the company would like to invite all to share in the excitement of the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade with friends and families on July 22.” 
 
This year’s parade will feature one of Minnesota’s most recognizable and beloved sports personalities, Mark Rosen of WCCO-TV, serving as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Rosen joined WCCO as a high school junior at St. Louis Park Senior High and was hired on full-time while attending the University of Minnesota. He anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday sportscasts and hosts Rosen’s Sports Sunday. Rosen has won numerous regional Emmy Awards and has been named Best TV Sportscaster by City Pages a number of times.
 
The Aquatennial has partnered with the City of Minneapolis to bring Tap Minneapolis water fountains to the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. These water stations will be available on both sides of Hennepin Avenue at the intersections of 6th Street, 9th Street and Spruce Place/Laurel Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the event and utilize the many fountains along the parade route for refills. CenterPoint Energy will also be handing out reusable water bottles to lucky parade-goers, as well as giving away hoop toys to the first 2,000 parade-goers who stop by 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th streets along the route following the parade. 
 
The parade will feature CenterPoint Energy’s Buddy Blue Flame, marching bands, Minneapolis Aqua Jesters and more. K102 returns again this year to emcee the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade featuring their new morning show, Chris Carr & Company.
 
“We are excited to be kicking off this year’s Aquatennial on Wednesday with the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade.  This nighttime parade draws thousands to Hennepin Avenue and it’s truly spectacular to see so many enjoying the evening in downtown Minneapolis,” Aquatennial Festival Director Leah ​​Wong said. “As part of the Aquatennial tradition, it’s great to have long-standing partners that support this civic event, such as CenterPoint Energy who has been the title sponsor of the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade for fifteen consecutive years.”
 
Attend the Aquatennial’s Loring Park Family Fun Night from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. featuring pony rides, inflatables, canoe rides, a kids’ dance, carnival games, Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides and more. Following Loring Park Family Fun Night will be the Life Time Torchlight 5K. Watch as thousands of runners take off down Hennepin Avenue beginning at 7:30 p.m.
 
For more information, please visit www.Aquatennial.com or follow our @Aquatennial accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Aquatennial.
 
About the Minneapolis Aquatennial
The Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis offers outstanding entertainment and activities in the City of Lakes for all ages. It is managed and produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The festival is sponsored by Target, CenterPoint Energy, U.S. Bank, Zeus Jones, Life Time Fitness, Xcel Energy, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis Recycles, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, K102, Go 96.3 and Which Wich. For more information, please visit www.Aquatennial.com or call (612) 376-7669.
 
About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:
Founded in 1955, and one of the oldest central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit DowntownMpls.com
 
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com​.
 

2015-07-21T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy to conduct pipeline inspection work

MINNEAPOLIS – July 14, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy will perform planned pipeline inspection work on a natural gas pipeline located near Highway 13 and Cedar Avenue in Eagan, July 14 through July 30.While the testing will not pose a threat to the public, a flame may be visible at intermittent times and a loud roaring noise may be heard throughout the process. The majority of the work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. however, this time frame could be extended to complete particular tests.

"Safety is our number one priority and we are making every effort to reduce any inconvenience to area residents and businesses," said Tod Norgren, construction manager for CenterPoint Energy. "We don't expect natural gas service to be interrupted nor do we anticipate any traffic disruptions. Our crews will be closely monitoring the entire project area."

The inspection device records data on the condition of the pipeline and ensures it is compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline Integrity Program and the Office of Pipeline Safety.

 "We have notified local emergency responders and appreciate their cooperation," added Norgren.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly tra​​​ded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-14T05:00:00Z
City of Corcoran receives $2,500 Community Partnership Grant tonight at 7:30 at city hall

MINNEAPOLISJuly 9, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy's Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Corcoran a $2,500 grant for two portable emergency 800 MHz radios that will be used to serve the community.

"At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects," said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  "Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve."

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

2015-07-09T05:00:00Z

 Recent News

 

 

​CenterPoint Energy files to change natural gas distribution rates for customers in Minnesota
​​​MINNEAPOLIS –August 3, 2015- CenterPoint Energy today filed an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to change the company’s natural gas distribution rates.  If approved, the new rates would generate approximately $54 million or 6 percent in additional revenue on an annual basis. The effect on individual monthly bills will vary depending on natural gas use. If approved, the net impact of the new rates will increase the average residential customer’s bill by about $5 per month.
 
“Our significant investments, such as our ongoing pipeline replacement programs, maintain the safety and reliability of our natural gas system and benefit our customers and communities,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of CenterPoint Energy’s regional gas operations. “These capital investments, which are the primary reasons for this proposed increase, help ensure that we have a modernized, technologically advanced natural gas system that will continue to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.” 
 
This filing seeks approval to change the distribution charge on a customer’s natural gas bill, which makes up about 40 to 50 percent of the total bill and covers the cost of distributing natural gas. The filing does not apply to the cost of natural gas, which is the wholesale price the company pays for natural gas, and makes up about 50 to 60 percent of the bill. The wholesale price of natural gas changes monthly depending on market prices and is passed on directly to customers with no mark-up.
 
The proposed change affects two components that make up the distribution charge portion of a customer’s bill:
  • ​First, CenterPoint Energy is proposing to increase the monthly Basic Charge for residential customers from $9.50 to $11.50 a month.
  • Second, the company is proposing to increase the Delivery Charge from the current $0.18977 per therm (which includes the $0.00519 per therm for the Gas Affordability Service Program) to $0.22405 per therm.
The principal reasons CenterPoint Energy is proposing to change base rates are to:
  • ​Recover the company’s significant capital expenditures in its Minnesota service area. In accordance with natural gas pipeline safety and integrity regulations, these capital expenditures are necessary to maintain a safe and reliable system, to respond to significant public improvement requirements on the system and to modernize the system with technology improvements.
  • Establish rates for all customers groups that better reflect the actual costs of providing service to those customers.
  • Achieve an overall revenue recovery level that meets the company’s financial objectives. 
The MPUC is generally allowed 10 months to issue a final decision on general rate filings, however, if the MPUC approves, interim (temporary) rates are expected to take effect on Oct. 2, 2015, and will be in place until a final decision is made. If the final rates are lower than interim rates, CenterPoint Energy will refund customers the difference including interest. If final rates are higher than interim rates, customers will receive no additional charges for natural gas used while interim rates were in effect.
 
Customers with questions about the proposed change to natural gas distribution rates can call CenterPoint Energy at 612-372-4727 or toll-free 800-245-2377, or visit the company’s website at CenterPointEnergy.com/RateCase.
 
Additionally, public hearings will be held to provide customers and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the rate request, followed by formal hearings at the MPUC.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.
 
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as future regulatory actions on the MPUC application, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.  
CenterPoint Energy invites all to celebrate, cheer on and enjoy the 10th annual MOST Amazing Race

MINNEAPOLIS – July 24, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy invites the public to the Stone Arch Bridge on Saturday at 2 p.m. for The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race, which benefits their Hunger and Homelessness programs in the Twin Cities. CenterPoint Energy, for the second consecutive year, is the presenting sponsor of The MOST Amazing Race, which is an official event of the 76th Annual Minneapolis Aquatennial.

“We’re excited to once again be sponsoring this year’s MOST Amazing Race in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the race,” said Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy has a long history of partnering with The Salvation Army and we are proud that through our sponsorship and volunteer efforts we can make a difference in support of The Salvation Army’s hunger and housing programs.”  

The MOST Amazing Race is modeled after the TV show, with up to 30 teams racing around Minneapolis performing mental and physical challenges. Teams of two must raise a minimum of $200 to participate in a qualifying event held the morning of the race and up to 10 teams can skip the qualifier by being a top fundraiser. The first team to the finish line wins $5,000. The money raised benefits The Salvation Army’s Hunger and Homelessness programs in the Twin Cities.  More than $550,000 has been raised since the event started in 2006. 

CenterPoint Energy continues to maintain a long-standing focus on education, conservation, community development, volunteer outreach, environment and safety.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community​.


CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®​. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

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CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Freeport a $2,400 grant for emergency scene signs, portable scene lights, collapsible traffic cones, beacon kit and five-point safety vests that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community​.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com​.


CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

​​MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Luverne a $2,500 grant for emergency communication equipment that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community​.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – July 27, 2015 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects.  The company recently awarded the City of Medford a $2,500 grant for new helmets for firefighters that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety.  We are proud that through our grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local funds to purchase needed safety equipment, training or provide financial support for important safety-related projects,” said Jean Krause, Community Relations Director for CenterPoint Energy.  “Through these types of grant programs we can strengthen the communities we serve.”

Over the past 13 years, through its Community Partnership Grant Program, CenterPoint Energy has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

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