August 11 (8/11) serves as a reminder to always call before digging

Houston – Aug. 11, 2017 – Today's date of 8/11 is a reminder for everyone to call the national "Call Before You Dig" number – 811 – prior to any digging project. One free call to 811 before digging can prevent injuries, property damage, service disruption and possible costly fines for damaged infrastructure.

"It doesn't matter where you're digging in your yard; we encourage everyone to always call 811 before any digging project. On this day and throughout the year we continue to remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line," said Joe Berry, director of Damage Prevention for CenterPoint Energy. "The number-one cause of underground utility damage is not digging properly. The only physical way to know what's below is to call and have the utilities buried in your area marked. Not only is it a free call and service, it is also the law."

By calling 811, a homeowner connects to a One Call Center, which then notifies the appropriate utility companies of the homeowner's intent to dig. Professional locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags and spray paint, enabling the homeowner to dig safely.

The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Whether it is a small project like planting a tree, or a larger one such as hiring a professional to install a lawn irrigation system, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. For more information, visit call811.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 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests 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 7,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, please visit www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

2017-08-11T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. announces closing of $500 million senior notes offering

Houston – Aug. 10, 2017 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced the closing of its offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.50 percent senior notes due Sept. 1, 2022. Net proceeds will be for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of a portion of its outstanding commercial paper.

Barclays, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley and MUFG served as joint bookrunners with TD Securities as senior co-manager. Additionally, Evercore ISI and Ramirez & Co., a diversity and inclusion (D&I) firm, served as co-managers. 

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of any offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering would be unlawful.

This news release includes forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected.  The statements in this news release regarding the use of proceeds from the offering and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to, future financial performance and results of operations, the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions, weather variations, changes in business plans, financial market conditions and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2016, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2017, and June 30, 2017, and CenterPoint Energy's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A written prospectus may be obtained by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Website at https://www.sec.gov/.

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 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests 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 7,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, please visit www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

 

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2017-08-11T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy reports second quarter 2017 earnings of $0.31 per diluted share; $0.29 per diluted share on a guidance basis

Strong second quarter performance driven by continued utility growth and rate relief, as well as Midstream Investments performance; CenterPoint Energy reiterates full-year 2017 guidance of $1.25 - $1.33; Company continues to target upper end of 4-6% year-over-year earnings growth range for 2018

Houston – Aug. 3, 2017 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported net income of $135 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $2 million, or a loss of $0.01 per diluted share for the same period of the prior year. On a guidance basis, second quarter 2017 earnings were $0.29 per diluted share, consisting of $0.20 from utility operations and $0.09 from midstream investments. Second quarter 2016 earnings on a guidance basis were $0.17 per diluted share, consisting of $0.14 from utility operations and $0.03 from midstream investments.

Operating income for the second quarter of 2017 was $223 million, compared with $182 million in the second quarter of the prior year. Equity income from midstream investments was $59 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $31 million for the second quarter of the prior year.

“We are very pleased with strong second quarter results,” said Scott M. Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. “All four of our business segments performed well this quarter.”

 

Business Segments

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The electric transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $164 million for the second quarter of 2017, consisting of $144 million from the regulated electric transmission & distribution utility operations (TDU) and $20 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the second quarter of 2016 was $158 million, consisting of $135 million from the TDU and $23 million related to securitization bonds.

Operating income for the TDU benefited primarily from rate relief and customer growth. These benefits were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense, other taxes and lower equity return.

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $37 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $20 million for the same period of 2016. Operating income benefited primarily from rate relief, customer growth and favorable usage due to timing of a decoupling adjustment. These benefits were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense and other taxes. In addition, operating income benefited from $10 million of adjustments related to the Texas Gulf rate order, including the recording of a $16 million regulatory asset, and the corresponding reduction in expense, to recover prior post-retirement expenses in future rates, which was partially offset by a $6 million operations and maintenance expense adjustment that is primarily timing related.

Energy Services

The energy services segment reported operating income of $16 million for the second quarter of 2017, which included a mark-to-market gain of $6 million. In comparison, operating income for the same period in 2016 was $-0- , which included a mark-to-market loss of $7 million. Excluding mark-to-market adjustments, operating income was $10 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $7 million for the same period in 2016. The $3 million increase in operating income was primarily due to an increase in throughput and number of customers related to the acquisition of Atmos Energy Marketing in 2017.

Midstream Investments

The midstream investments segment reported $59 million of equity income for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $31 million in the second quarter of the prior year.

Earnings Outlook

On a consolidated basis, CenterPoint Energy reaffirms its earnings estimate for 2017 in the range of $1.25 - $1.33 per diluted share.

The utility operations guidance range considers performance to date and certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as weather, regulatory and judicial proceedings, throughput, commodity prices, effective tax rates, and financing activities.

In providing this guidance, the company uses a non-GAAP measure of adjusted diluted earnings per share that does not consider other potential impacts, such as changes in accounting standards or unusual items, earnings or losses from the change in the value of the ZENS securities and the related stocks, or the timing effects of mark-to-market accounting in the company’s Energy Services business.

In providing guidance for midstream investments, the company assumes ownership of 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream and includes the amortization of CenterPoint Energy’s basis differential in Enable Midstream. CenterPoint Energy’s guidance takes into account such factors as Enable Midstream's most recent public outlook for 2017 dated Aug. 1, 2017, and effective tax rates. The company does not include other potential impacts, such as any changes in accounting standards or Enable Midstream’s unusual items.

Filing of Form 10-Q for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2017. A copy of that report is available on the company’s website, under the Investors section. Other filings the company makes with the SEC and certain documents relating to its corporate governance can also be found under the Investors section.

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy’s management will host an earnings conference call on Thurs., Aug. 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Central time/10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call on the company’s website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website for at least one year.

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 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests 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 7,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, please visit www.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 earnings, and future financial performance and results of operations, including, but not limited to earnings guidance, targeted dividend growth rate 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. Factors that could affect actual results include (1) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of CenterPoint Energy's businesses (including the businesses of Enable Midstream Partners (Enable Midstream)), including, among others, energy deregulation or re-regulation, pipeline integrity and safety and changes in regulation and legislation pertaining to trade, health care, finance and actions regarding the rates charged by CenterPoint Energy's regulated businesses; (2) local, state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments relating to the environment, including those related to global climate change; (3) recording of non-cash goodwill, long-lived asset or other than temporary impairment charges by or related to Enable Midstream; (4) timely and appropriate rate actions that allow recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment; (5) the timing and outcome of any audits, disputes or other proceedings related to taxes; (6) problems with regulatory approval, construction, implementation of necessary technology or other issues with respect to major capital projects that result in delays or in cost overruns that cannot be recouped in rates; (7) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint Energy's service territories and changes in market demand, including the effects of energy efficiency measures and demographic patterns; (8) the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials; (9) weather variations and other natural phenomena, including the impact of severe weather events on operations and capital from; (10) any direct or indirect effects on CenterPoint Energy's facilities, operations and financial condition resulting from terrorism, cyber-attacks, data security breaches or other attempts to disrupt its businesses or the businesses of third parties, or other catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, leaks, floods, droughts, hurricanes, pandemic health events or other occurrences ; (11) the impact of unplanned facility outages; (12) timely and appropriate regulatory actions allowing securitization or other recovery of costs associated with any future hurricanes or natural disasters; (13) changes in interest rates or rates of inflation; (14) commercial bank and financial market conditions, CenterPoint Energy's access to capital, the cost of such capital, and the results of its financing and refinancing efforts, including availability of funds in the debt capital markets; (15) actions by credit rating agencies; (16) the extent and effectiveness of CenterPoint Energy's risk management and hedgingactivities, including, but not limited to, its financial hedges and weather hedges; (17) inability of various counterparties to meet their obligations; (18) non-payment for services due to financial distress of CenterPoint Energy's and Enable Midstream’s customers; (19) the ability of GenOn Energy, Inc. (formerly known as RRI Energy, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., and its subsidiaries, currently the subject of bankruptcy proceedings, to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries, including indemnity obligations; (20) the ability of retail electric providers, including affiliates of NRG Energy, Inc. and Vistra Energy Corp., formerly known as TCEH Corp., to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (21) the outcome of litigation; (22) CenterPoint Energy's ability to control operation and maintenance costs; (23) the investment performance of pension and postretirement benefit plans; (24) CenterPoint Energy’s or Enable’s potential business strategies and strategic initiatives, including restructurings, joint ventures, and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses (including a reduction of CenterPoint Energy’s interests in Enable, whether through its election to sell the common units it owns in the public equity markets or otherwise, subject to certain limitations) , for which no assurance can be given that they will be completed or will provide the anticipated benefits to CenterPoint Energy or Enable Midstream; (25) acquisition and merger activities involving CenterPoint Energy, Enable Midstream or their competitors; (26) the ability to recruit, effectively transition and retain management and key employees and maintain good labor relations; (27) future economic conditions in regional and national markets and their effects on sales, prices and costs; (28) the performance of Enable Midstream, the amount of cash distributions CenterPoint Energy receives from Enable Midstream, Enable Midstream’s ability to redeem its Series A Preferred Units in certain circumstances and the value of its interest in Enable Midstream, and factors that may have a material impact on such performance, cash distributions and value, including certain of the factors specified above and: (A) the integration of the operations of the businesses contributed to Enable Midstream; (B) the achievement of anticipated operational and commercial synergies and expected growth opportunities, and the successful implementation of Enable Midstream’s business plan; (C) competitive conditions in the midstream industry, and actions taken by Enable Midstream’s customers and competitors, including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by Enable Midstream; (D) the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas and associated commodity prices, particularly natural gas and natural gas liquids, the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions served by Enable Midstream, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable Midstream’s interstate pipelines; (E) the demand for crude oil, natural gas, NGLs and transportation and storage services; (F) changes in tax status; (G) access to growth capital; and (H) the availability and prices of raw materials for current and future construction projects; (29) effective tax rates; (30) tax reform and legislation; (31) the effect of changes in and application of accounting standards and pronouncements; and (32) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016, as well as in CenterPoint Energy’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures by CenterPoint Energy in Providing Guidance

In addition to presenting its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including presentation of net income and diluted earnings per share, CenterPoint Energy also provides guidance based on adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s historical or future financial performance that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. CenterPoint Energy’s adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share calculation excludes from net income and diluted earnings per share, respectively, the impact of ZENS and related securities and mark-to-market gains or losses resulting from the company’s Energy Services business. CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward looking adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share because changes in the value of ZENS and related securities and mark-to-market gains or losses resulting from the company’s Energy Services business are not estimable.

Management evaluates the company’s financial performance in part based on adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. We believe that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures enhances an investor’s understanding of CenterPoint Energy’s overall financial performance by providing them with an additional meaningful and relevant comparison of current and anticipated future results across periods. The adjustments made in these non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that Management believes does not most accurately reflect the company’s fundamental business performance. These excluded items are reflected in the reconciliation tables of this news release, where applicable. CenterPoint Energy’s adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, net income and diluted earnings per share, which respectively are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures also may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

2017-08-03T10:30:00Z
CenterPoint Energy responds to incident in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – August 2, 2017– CenterPoint Energy is responding to an explosion that occurred this morning at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. We have well-trained, experienced crews on site who are coordinating with local emergency officials to secure the area.

The cause of the incident is not known at this time and we will conduct an investigation to determine the cause. Our focus at this time is making the area safe. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted.

 

2017-08-02T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy declares $0.2675 quarterly dividend

Houston – July 27, 2017 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s. (NYSE: CNP) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2675 per share of common stock payable on Sept. 8, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 16, 2017.

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 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests 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 7,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, go to www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

2017-07-27T20:45:00Z
CenterPoint Energy named a 2017 Most Trusted Brand

HOUSTON – July 13, 2017 – CenterPoint Energy earned a 2017 "Most Trusted Brand" designation, making it one of the nation's most trusted utilities according to a new Cogent Reports™ study by Market Strategies International. The Utility Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement: Residential study, now in its fourth year, benchmarks brand performance of 130 electric and natural gas utilities on a quarterly basis among 59,823 utility consumers.  The study measures Brand Trust through scoring six factors among residential customers – customer focus, company reputation and advocacy, community support, communications effectiveness, environmental dedication and reliable quality.

"We have made substantial investments over the last several years to enhance the safety and reliability of our natural gas system and to improve our service to customers," said Gregory E. Knight, senior vice president and chief customer officer for CenterPoint Energy. "We believe being named a 'most trusted brand' clearly demonstrates that customers value and appreciate these efforts."

This year, the utilities designated by Cogent as 2017 Most Trusted Brands score 40 points higher on brand trust than their industry peers and are more likely to receive positive sentiments from their customers in the study.  The annual study highlights a statistical relationship between brand trust and rate case support, and shows customers expect utilities to expand support for new offerings and community outreach as a result of rate increases. Additionally, customers who trust their utility are twice as likely to recommend those alternative energy products to other customers.

 

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 54.1 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 7,700 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.

2017-07-13T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy urges customers to be prepared for potential flooding and issues important electric and natural gas safety tips

HOUSTON – June 21, 2017 – CenterPoint Energy has been closely monitoring and preparing for Tropical Storm Cindy, which is anticipated to make landfall later today. The company urges customers to follow important pre-and post-storm electric and natural gas safety tips.

Electric

  • Stay away from downed power lines. Be especially mindful of downed lines that could be hidden in flood waters and treat all downed lines as if they are energized. 
  • If you experience flooding and water has risen above the electrical outlets in your home, contact a licensed electrician before turning on the main circuit breaker or trying to restore power. 
  • All electrical appliances and electronic equipment that have been submerged in water need to dry thoroughly for at least one week. Then, have them checked by a qualified repair person before turning them on. Attempting to repair a flood-damaged appliance could result in electrical shock or death. Attempting to restart it could result in further damage and costly repairs.
  • If the outside unit of an air conditioning system has been under water, mud and water may have accumulated in the controls. Have the unit checked by a qualified air conditioning technician.

Natural Gas

  • Do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter; doing so could allow water to enter the natural gas lines.
  • Be alert for the smell of natural gas. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and tell others to leave, too.
  • If you smell gas, do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.
  • Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off. Once safely away from the area, call 888-876-5786 and CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician.
  • If your home was flooded, call a licensed plumber or gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances and gas piping to make sure they are in good operating condition before calling CenterPoint Energy to reconnect service. This includes outdoor gas appliances including pool heaters, gas grills and gas lights.
  • Before cleaning debris, digging on your property or to locate underground natural gas lines and other underground utility lines, call 811 - the nationwide Call Before You Dig number.
  • Be aware of where your natural gas meter is located. As debris is put out for heavy trash pickup, make sure it is placed away from the meter. In many areas the meter may be located near the curb. If debris is near a gas meter, the mechanized equipment used by trash collectors could pull up the meter, damaging it and causing a potentially hazardous situation. If this happens, leave the area immediately and call CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786.

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2017-06-21T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy celebrates World Blood Donor Day by helping raise awareness of the need for all blood types

HOUSTON – June 14, 2017 – Today is the World Health Organization's World Blood Donor Day, raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and thanking blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

CenterPoint Energy strives to make a positive difference in the communities served. The company's blood drive program addresses a critical need – the need for life-saving blood. In 2016, CenterPoint Energy employees donated 4,787 units of blood, which is enough to impact 14,361 lives.

"Lending a helping hand is a strong part of our company culture. Our charitable giving and employee volunteerism strategy are guided by our core values and desire to be a valuable part of the communities we serve," said Diane Englet, senior director of Corporate Community Relations for CenterPoint Energy.

In partnership with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, which serves the world's largest medical campus, CenterPoint Energy employees in Houston have collected 67,725 units of blood since 2002, enough to save more than 203,000 lives. Several drives went beyond being held at the company's facilities and engaged community partners to support collection efforts.

To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community.

2017-06-14T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy to use drones to help expedite damage assessment and response following a hurricane or severe weather

HOUSTON - June 1, 2017 – Hurricane season officially begins today and CenterPoint Energy is gearing up by incorporating the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, into its Emergency Operating Plan (EOP). Drones could help expedite the company's ability to assess damage to its electric transmission and distribution system following a hurricane.

"We had the opportunity to test drone technology following last week's severe weather in Sealy, Texas, and see potential for drones to play a key role in storm and disaster response," said Kenny Mercado, senior vice president of Electric Operations for CenterPoint Energy.

"Obstacles such as downed trees or flooded roads make it difficult for crews to assess damage following a severe weather event, which in turn can hinder response and restoration time," added Mercado. "Using drones in areas that are inaccessible by foot to capture high-resolution imagery in real time will help us assess damage and deploy the right resources in the right places to restore power."

CenterPoint Energy has used helicopters in the past to assess system damage and will still use them as necessary; however, drones can typically be deployed faster than helicopters.

"We also urge amateur drone operators not to fly them following a natural disaster," said Mercado. "Doing so will not only hinder CenterPoint Energy's ability to assess damage, but may also interfere with the drones being used by emergency response agencies to assist in the recovery effort."

Outage duration could be two weeks or longer depending on storm severity

While CenterPoint Energy plans to use drones to help expedite damage assessment and restoration times, the company urges customers to have their own emergency plan, particularly if they depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment.

"No two storms are alike, which makes it difficult to forecast what the exact damage to our electric system could be and how long outages could last," Mercado said. "Customers need to be prepared to be without power for two weeks or possibly longer, depending on the severity of the storm. If a storm is approaching and someone in your home depends on electricity for life-sustaining equipment, you need to make other arrangements to provide for those needs."

For information and resources on hurricane preparedness, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter.

2017-06-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy makes significant progress restoring power in Sealy

HOUSTON, TX – May 25, 2017 – CenterPoint Energy continues to make significant progress restoring power in the hard-hit area of Sealy, Texas. following Tuesday night's severe weather.

The company has already restored power to more than 48,000 customers, and is on target to restore service to all customers who are able to receive it by late this evening. In addition to damaging CenterPoint Energy's electric infrastructure and equipment, the storm may have damaged some customer-owned equipment. Customers should check their weatherhead – the point where power enters the home through a pipe. If this equipment is damaged, customers will need to contact a qualified electrician to make sure it is repaired before the company is able to restore service to them. 

CenterPoint Energy urges customers to always stay at least 10 feet away from downed power lines and report them to us at 713-207-2222. For the latest information on outages, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/OutageTracker.

2017-05-25T05:00:00Z

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