Spring Branch resident and CenterPoint Energy engineering manager,

Houston – December 6, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy engineer manager Lydia Mares has been appointed by Mayor Turner to join the City of Houston Planning Commission. "It is an honor to be a part of this board, working alongside exceptional and talented community members to improve our city," said Lydia Mares, natural gas engineering manager for CenterPoint Energy.

The Planning Commission is in charge of the approval of subdivision and development plats in the City and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Also, this commission adopts a comprehensive plan, including a City Council Annual Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan, and recommends it to City Council for its approval. The members also conduct hearings, grant variances or waivers and make recommendations to City Council under the provisions of various City land use ordinances.

Mares is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and her duties with the company include managing the system and public improvement work for the gas distribution systems in the Houston and Texas Coast areas. "Lydia is a dynamic engineer and a self-starter. Her expertise and knowledge are great assets to our company and will prove to be valuable to her newly appointed position with the planning commission. We know that she will proudly exemplify CenterPoint Energy's values and do excellent work for the City," said Tal Centers, Vice President of Safety and Gas System Integrity.

Mares joins current Commission Members Martha L. Stein (Chair), M. Sonny Garza (Vice Chair), Susan Alleman, Bill Baldwin, Fernando L. Brave, Antoine Bryant, Lisa Clark, Algenita Davis, Mark A. Kilkenny, Paul R. Nelson, Linda Porras-Pirtle, Shafik I. Rifaat, Megan R. Sigler, Eileen Subinsky, Meera D. Victor, Shaukat Zakaria, Honorable Robert Hebert, Honorable Ed Emmett and Commissioner James Noack. Mares will serve this current appointment term through June of 2018.

About the City of Houston Planning Commission

The Planning Commission, a 26-member board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council includes citizens, elected officials and the Director of Planning and Development. The Commission reviews and approves subdivision and development plats. The Commission also studies and makes recommendations to City Council on development issues in Houston.

CenterPoint Energy

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 7,800 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.

2016-12-07T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy presents check to Pet Solutions for their participation in the Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program

DANVILLE, AR – December 7, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy presented a $163,700 incentive check to Pet Solutions for their participation in CenterPoint Energy's Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program. The program enabled Pet Solutions to replace existing equipment with more efficient, energy saving equipment.

CenterPoint Energy Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program helps customers save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the equipment will save.

"After participating in our program, CenterPoint Energy offered Pet Solutions a financial incentive to make the changes that will allow them to improve energy efficiency," said Lance Orton, Energy Efficiency Consultant for CenterPoint Energy. "Pet Solutions worked with our program administrator to find opportunities around natural gas efficiency, so they could benefit not only from the monetary incentive, but also from future years of energy and utility bill savings."

The Pet Solutions upgrades will save more than 425,486 CCF of natural gas a year, equal to preventing the average annual natural gas usage of 1,050 homes, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

"The field engineer from the Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program was very knowledgeable and offered advice on how to maximize the energy saving opportunities available to Pet Solutions. It was simple to initiate the projects and the whole process went smoothly," said Dan Price, Division Manager in charge of the project. "Pet Solutions continues to seek additional energy saving opportunities in an effort to become a more energy-conscious company."

About Pet Solutions

Pet Solutions, located in Danville, AR, is managed by Monett, MO based 3D Corporate Solutions. The Danville facility opened in 2004 and produces value-added ingredients for the Pet Food Industry. The plant and its employees are valued partners of the Danville community. To learn more about Pet Solutions, please visit www.3dsolutions.com.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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 7,800 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.

2016-12-07T06:00:00Z
Natural gas service restoration in Paragould, Ark.

HOUSTON – December 2, 2016 – Following a natural gas outage affecting more than 400 customers on the east side of Paragould, Ark., CenterPoint Energy has restored service to all customers who have provided the company access to perform safety checks and relight pilots.  

Customers have been without gas service because of a disruption in the natural gas supply that occurred Thursday afternoon.

"We greatly appreciate our customers' cooperation and patience as our employees worked as quickly as we could to safely restore natural gas service," said Terry Rollins, district director for CenterPoint Energy.

A small number of customers still remain without service because CenterPoint Energy employees were not able to access their home or business. The relighting process requires CenterPoint Energy employees to have access to each location to light pilots and check to make sure it is safe to resume service.

"A customer needs to call us only if there is a door hanger at their home or business indicating that we've already been by to attempt to restore service," Rollins said. "Please call the number on the door tag left by our service personnel."

 

2016-12-02T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy making significant progress restoring service following natural gas outage in Paragould

HOUSTON – December 2, 2016 - CenterPoint Energy has made progress in restoring natural gas service to approximately 450 customers in Paragould, Ark. Customers have been without gas service because of a disruption in the company's gas supply which occurred yesterday afternoon.

"We called in additional employees from other parts of Arkansas which allowed us to turn off each customer's meter yesterday," said Terry Rollins, district director for CenterPoint Energy. "We are now beginning the process of going home to home to restore service to each customer."

The relighting process requires CenterPoint Energy employees to have access to each location to light pilots and check to make sure it is safe to resume service.

"We understand this is an inconvenience, but we appreciate our customers' cooperation and patience," Rollins said. "If at all possible, we'd like to ask that customers be at home since it is necessary for our employees to go inside to restore natural gas service.

"A customer needs to call us only if there is a door hanger at their home or business indicating that we've already been by to attempt to restore service. Please call the number on the door tag left by our service personnel."

For safety reasons, the company urges customers not to turn any valves or tamper with the natural gas meter. Opening or turning any valves could allow air to enter the natural gas lines, which would hinder the re-pressurization process.

"We estimate that all customers who are home will have service restored by this evening," Rollins said.

For updates, follow CenterPoint Energy on Twitter: @CNPAlerts.

2016-12-02T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy reports natural gas outage for customers in Paragould, Arkansas

Houston – December 1, 2016 - CenterPoint Energy is experiencing a natural gas outage on the east side of Paragould, Arkansas that is affecting about 450 customers.

"Safety is our number one priority as we work to restore natural gas service," said Terry Rollins, district director for CenterPoint Energy. "As part of our procedure, we have begun the process this afternoon of turning off each customer's natural gas meter; our goal is to have each meter turned off by later this evening.

"We will then work to ensure that the natural gas distribution lines are clear of air. Once the lines are clear, our certified service technicians will begin performing a series of safety checks to ensure there is no risk involved in restoring gas service," Rollins added. "To perform these inspections, CenterPoint Energy service technicians will need to enter each home or business; we expect this process to begin tomorrow morning and continue throughout the day tomorrow. We have also brought in technicians from other parts of the state to assist in restoring gas service."

"There is no need to call us as we make our initial assessments," Rollins said. "We anticipate restoring service to most customers by end of day tomorrow. At this time, no action is required on the part of the customer. If an adult over age 18 is not at the service address when a technician arrives, the company will leave a door hanger with instructions."

For safety reasons, the company urges customers not to turn any valves or tamper with the natural gas meter. Opening or turning any valves could allow air to enter the natural gas lines, which would hinder the restoration process.

For updates, follow CenterPoint Energy on Twitter: @CNPAlerts.

2016-12-01T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy issues important cold weather safety tips

HOUSTON – November 30, 2016 – As the temperatures drop, CenterPoint Energy reminds natural gas customers of some important tips to stay safe and warm this season.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating, and any fuel-burning appliance in the home has the potential to produce CO. To prevent CO buildup:

  • Have your heating system checked annually by a qualified heating and air conditioning technician.
  • Follow manufacturers' operating instructions properly for gas heating equipment.
  • Do not use stovetop burners or ovens to heat a room since they are not designed for this use.
  • Make sure to follow the blue flame rule. Natural gas flames should burn blue except natural gas fireplace logs which burn orange to have a more realistic wood burning look.
  • Crack windows slightly if using unvented space heaters.
  • Consider buying a CO detector as another line of defense against CO poisoning. CenterPoint Energy recommends buying one with an audible alarm and continuous digital display; make sure it is tested to the national standard for residential CO detectors (UL2034 or IAS NO. 6-96).

 If you are in a room with operating gas equipment and experience a headache, followed by dizziness and nausea, you may be experiencing CO poisoning. Get fresh air immediately, and call CenterPoint Energy. For more information on natural gas safety, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Safety.

2016-11-30T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

​​HOUSTON, TX – November 29, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Today, more than 800 gifts will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program in advance of the Christmas holiday in the company’s Houston region, and approximately 350 gifts are expected to be collected in Minnesota next week.

Since 1889, the Salvation Army has provided Christmas assistance to disadvantaged families and individuals to ensure that they have a wonderful holiday season. CenterPoint Energy has been a long-time supporter of the program, collecting more than 4,200 donations over the past seven years, helping to provide a merry Christmas for more than 4,000 families in the Greater Houston area. 
 
“We are so excited to once again participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program,” said Diane Englet, senior director of Community Relations for CenterPoint Energy. “This cause brings so much joy and excitement to our employees. Every year they look forward to receiving their Angel Tree tags and have continued to increase the number they request. It truly is a heartwarming sight to see the smiles on their faces as they bring in their gifts on collection day!”

Because of the generosity of employees throughout CenterPoint Energy’s service territory, countless other organizations have received financial and volunteer support over the years. Last year, CenterPoint Energy partnered with local blood drives to donate a total of 4,830 pints of blood, which is the equivalent of saving more than 14,000 lives.  

“With more than 203,000 hours of volunteer service provided by employees in 2015, valued by the Independent Sector at $4.7 million, CenterPoint Energy has been able to offer support for organizations that do so much for so many, throughout the company’s service territory,” added Englet.  

To learn more about what CenterPoint Energy is doing in your community, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community. 

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world. 

​To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:



​View an infographic about CenterPoint Energy's contribution to #GivingTuesday here​.


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 7,800 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. 



2016-11-29T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy files to change natural gas rates for Houston-area customers

​Filing meets the statutory requirement to file a rate case and seeks:

  • Consolidation of rates for Houston and Texas Coast Divisions,
  • Recovery of increased costs of delivering safe, reliable gas service, and
  • ​Establishment of a Safety and System Integrity Rider to recover expenses incurred due to  pipeline safety and integrity regulations 
HOUSTON – November 16, 2016 - CenterPoint Energy today filed with municipal regulatory authorities and the Texas Railroad Commission to change the company’s natural gas distribution rates for Houston-area customers. The company is required by Texas statute to file a rate case for its Houston Division. The effect on individual monthly bills will vary depending on natural gas use. 

“We are proposing to change the base rate portion of the bill not only because of the statutory requirement to file, but also because the cost of distributing natural gas to our customers  has continued to increase since our last standard rate case in 2010,” said Randy Pryor, CenterPoint Energy’s vice president of Gas Operations. “Earning a reasonable return on investment is critical to our ability to continue to operate a safe system and to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.”

The principal reasons CenterPoint Energy is making this filing are to:

  • Meet a statutory requirement to file a rate case,
  • Consolidate its Houston and Texas Coast Divisions to reflect the way the divisions are operationally and geographically aligned and to achieve administrative efficiencies, 
  • Increase rates to address increases in the cost of distributing natural gas to customers and so that the Company may continue investing in safe and reliable infrastructure now and in the future, and 
  • Establish a Safety and System Integrity Rider (SSI) to recover expenses incurred as a result of natural gas pipeline safety and integrity regulations.

 If approved, customers throughout Houston and surrounding areas will have a single set of rate schedules and charges for their natural gas service.  Residential customers within the Houston and Texas Coast Divisions would pay the same fixed monthly charge of $16.75 and the same usage rate of $0.08514 for each hundred cubic feet (Ccf) of gas used. Residential customers throughout Houston and surrounding areas would also pay a uniform rate for the cost of gas which the company passes on to customers with no mark up. 

An average residential bill with usage of 34 Ccf would be approximately $38 per month, excluding taxes.  If approved, the new rates would go into effect in the 2nd quarter of 2017 and generate approximately $31 million in additional revenue on an annual basis.

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 7,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the Web site at 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 events, such as future regulatory actions on the filing with municipal regulatory authorities and the Texas Railroad Commission and the impact of such actions, 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.


2016-11-16T22:05:00Z
CenterPoint Energy recognizes November 16 as Utilities United Against Scams Day

Houston, TX - November 16, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy is proud to join fellow utilities in the gas and electric sectors to observe Utilities United Against Scams Day (UUASD) on Wednesday, November 16, and raise awareness about utility scams throughout the week. 

Most utility scams involve criminals posing as electric, gas or water provider employees - either in person or over the phone or internet - demanding immediate payment via cash or reloadable debit cards, supposedly in order to prevent service disconnection. These criminals can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, including the elderly and non-native English speakers. However, with the right information customers can learn to avoid and report these scams. 

CenterPoint Energy employees will never contact customers and threaten them with service disconnection. Any individual posing as a CenterPoint Energy employee who will not direct a customer to the Interactive Voice Response system or to our website to collect payment information, should be considered suspicious and reported to CenterPoint Energy and local authorities.

Customers who believe they have been targeted by utility scammers should follow these tips:

  • ​Hang up the phone or close the door and call your utility company’s verified direct phone number.  If you are in the Houston area and the scam is about your electric service, you can find this number on your Retail Electric Provider’s website or on your electric utility bill. If related to your gas service, you can find the appropriate contact information on your CenterPoint Energy natural gas bill, or by visiting CenterPointEnergy.com. Do not give the caller or visitor a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer or any other form of payment that may be difficult to trace. 
  • ​Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers or Social Security numbers.
  • Delete any emails from utilities that are not your service provider or that require immediate action to provide or verify personal information.
  • ​Contact your local police through the non-emergency telephone number, or your state attorney general’s office, or contact the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

UUASD is a collaborative effort among the electric, gas and water utility industries to help prevent utility service fraud through education, awareness and customer advocacy initiatives. A primary goal of this collective effort is to help customers learn how to identify and avoid utility-related scams.

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 7,800 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.


2016-11-16T06:00:00Z
Veteran receives generator through CenterPoint Energy’s Power a Hero program

Houston, TX – November 8, 2016 - Marine Corps Corporal Jack Goodroe and his wife Laurel recently received a natural gas standby generator through CenterPoint Energy’s Power a Hero program. 

During his second deployment to Iraq, Goodroe sustained a multitude of injuries from an improvised explosive device (IED). Today, Goodroe deals with daily pain and the hindrance of his injuries. 

“It’s now just a way of life. I’ve learned to live with it and accept it,” admits Goodroe. “I require a CPAP machine at night while sleeping. When we lost power during Ike, my wife and I had to stay with friends that had electricity.  Now I can stay in my home knowing that the power will always be on thanks to the generator.  That’s not only very reassuring, but it means I can return the favor and come to the aid of friends should they lose power.” 

To learn more about CenterPoint Energy’s Power a Hero program, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Generators​

2016-11-08T06:00:00Z

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