MINNEAPOLIS – July 23, 2013 – CenterPoint Energy and Minneapolis Energy Options (MEO) announced today that they have entered into an agreement to collaborate on energy initiatives in the City of Minneapolis.
“We are pleased to have found common ground with MEO,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of regional gas operations for CenterPoint Energy. “Our shared goal is to advance Minneapolis’ standing as a leading city on sustainability and energy conservation. We believe MEO’s focus on local and sustainable energy practices complements our Conservation Improvement Programs. Together, we can help the city reach its energy goals.”
CenterPoint Energy is the natural gas supplier to nearly 125,000 Minneapolis customers. Minneapolis Energy Options (MEO) is a community group focused on local and sustainable energy practices. The agreement is intended to position Minneapolis as a leader in greenhouse gas reduction.
“Minneapolis Energy Options is excited to see this example of leadership from CenterPoint Energy,” said Dylan Kesti, campaign coordinator for MEO. “We are thankful to be moving toward a cleaner, more affordable, reliable and local energy future in Minneapolis.”
The collaboration aims to help Minneapolis and all of CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota customers by:
• Jointly exploring opportunities to further expand CenterPoint Energy’s nationally recognized Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP)
• Recognizing that CenterPoint Energy and MEO share many of the same goals, including carbon reduction, energy conservation, and sustainability, making this collaboration a powerful catalyst for furthering Minneapolis sustainability goals
• Considering new programs, such as, expanding residential efficiency offerings, helping multifamily building owners save energy and furthering renewable energy technologies
• Supporting Minneapolis diversity programs that provide youth and adult work force training and commitment to supplier and other diversity programs
As a result of the agreement, CenterPoint Energy and MEO plans include joint communication to the Minneapolis City Council about our mutual desire to exclude CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas distribution system from any referendum to explore municipalizing natural gas in the city of Minneapolis.
To learn more about CenterPoint Energy’s energy saving programs, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/saveenergy.
Minneapolis Energy Options is a coalition of organizations and neighbors interested in expanding energy options for the City of Lakes. We support more conservation and energy efficiency, local renewable energy and democratic control of our energy system.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and 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 58.3 percent limited partner interest in a midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major natural gas and liquids-rich producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 806,000 customers in 260 communities. For more information, visit the website at CenterPoint Energy.com.