Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaims October as HVAC System Awareness Month

MINNEAPOLIS – September 28, 2016 –Governor Mark Dayton recently issued a proclamation announcing October as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Awareness Month in Minnesota. The proclamation is the initiative of the Minnesota Blue Flame Natural Gas Association, which is made up of member utilities and companies that educate and promote the safe, efficient use and value of natural gas and natural gas equipment and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation. This marks the first HVAC System Awareness Month which is designed to highlight the benefits of annual maintenance.

The proclamation urges Minnesota residents to have a qualified technician perform an annual inspection of their HVAC systems to ensure safety and reliability. Inspections will:

  • Address unsafe conditions,
  • Prevent malfunctions,
  • Help appliances perform more efficiently, saving energy and money, and 
  • Foster environmental stewardship through more efficient operations

“We’re ready to share our expertise with customers and help them stay safe and warm this season by performing HVAC system tune-ups,” said Todd Berreman, director of Energy Efficiency for CenterPoint Energy.  “We are also pleased to offer furnace and boiler system tune-up rebates to customers who complete qualifying inspection and maintenance of their natural gas heating systems.”
 
“We have wonderful trade partners across the state who can help residents tune up their existing system or recommend a new one if they’re in the market,” says Greg Olson, Xcel Energy Trade Relations Manager. “We recommend getting bids from three dealers. Check xcelenergy.com for a list of participating dealers and for appliance rebate information​.”

Heating system tips:

Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers and ovens, produce CO that can reach dangerous levels if not maintained or used properly. CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy recommend that customers have all of their fuel-burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician at the start of the heating season.  It is also recommended that homeowners purchase a CO detection device with an audible alarm and digital display, install it 10 feet from each bedroom as required by law, change the batteries as necessary and check for proper operation.  

Other energy efficiency tips include:
 
  • ​Changing furnace filters per manufacturer’s recommendations, 
  • ​Lowering your thermostat  8-10 degrees when you’re sleeping or away, and 
  • Sealing off leaks through weather-stripping doors, windows and gaps along the home's foundation.

For other energy saving tips and rebate information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/SaveEnergy and xcelenergy.com/Rebates​.​

About 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 7,400 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​.

About Xcel Energy 

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



2016-09-28T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy’s Bonnie Creason, a Golden Valley resident, receives the Bruce A. Palmer Distinguished Volunteer Service Award

“This award reflects the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities.”- CenterPoint Energy

MINNEAPOLIS – August 30, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy employee and Golden Valley resident, Bonnie Creason, was recently selected by YouthCARE to receive the Bruce A. Palmer Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her tireless service to youth in the Twin Cities communities. The award is the highest recognition bestowed upon YouthCARE volunteers and winners are chosen by a selection committee made up of senior staff. 

“This award reflects the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities,” said Jean Krause, community relations director for CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy is proud to see its employees partnering with community organizations like this to build inclusive and sustainable communities in each of the areas that we serve.” 

Creason, an art director for CenterPoint Energy, mentors young women in the Little Earth Community in south Minneapolis through the Young Women’s Mentoring Program and also serves on the YouthCARE marketing and events committee. “My relationships with the girls, other youth, the community, the organization and other volunteers inspire me every day,” said Creason. “I’ve always felt a momentous way to change the world is to be there for a child.  They just need someone to pay attention to them, and create expectations and experience that help them become successful.”

 “YouthCARE’s mission is to promote respect for self and others, develop future leaders and provide youth with positive multicultural activities and relationships with caring adults,” added Willie Dean, Ph.D., executive director for YouthCARE. “Bonnie has given unselfishly of her time, talents, and treasures to help ensure that YouthCARE has the resources to serve youth in our community.”

Creason was presented her award during Visitors’ Day at Camp Sunrise, a year-round YouthCARE outdoor educational program focused on bringing together Twin Cities youth, ages 13-18 years, from diverse ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds to live and work in an outdoor community. Creason and her husband, Douglas Giron, helped prepare camp for this season by cutting grass, removing debris and helping set-up equipment.

About YouthCARE

Since 1974, YouthCARE has led ambitious multicultural youth development programs to empower youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul to thrive and lead. 
Through innovative programming and relationships with caring adults, participants find the support, education, and perspective to become global citizens and community leaders.

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


2016-08-30T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Houston, TX – August 25, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy recently recognized ten employees as Outstanding Volunteers for their exceptional service within their local communities in 2015. They will each be awarded a $500 Grant Incentive for Volunteers (GIVE) grant for donation to the nonprofit organization of their choosing.

“These volunteers reflect the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities,” said Diane Englet, senior director of Corporate Community Relations at CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy is proud to partner with community organizations to build inclusive and sustainable communities in each of the areas that we serve.” 

The Outstanding Volunteer recipients are:​
  • Jennifer Alexander - operations support representative in Byram, Miss.
    • ​Community organization - American Cancer Society/Copiah County Relay for Life.
  • ​Mattie Cade - senior administrative assistant in Houston, TX.
    • ​Community organization - Junior Achievement
  • Mitchell Crocker - senior technical analyst in Houston, TX.
    • ​Community organization - Fifth Ward Enrichment Program
  • Richard Hartstein - C&M technician in Lufkin, TX.
    • ​​​Community organization - Shen-Chuan
  • ​Clayton Hayes - C&M technician in Searcy, Ark.
    • ​Community organization - Letona Volunteer Fire Department
  • David Holmes - odorization technician in Richmond, TX.
    • ​Community organization - Rosenberg National Little League
  • ​Jeff Niederloh - senior financial analyst in Minneapolis, Minn.
    • ​​Community organization - Can Do Canines
  • Shalonda Smith - senior administrative assistant in Houston, TX.
    • ​Community organization - Cy-Fair Sports Association (Cheerleading)
  • Gina Swanson - operations generalist in Linden, Minn.
    • ​Community organization - Faith Lilac Way Church
  • Gary Vander Henst - senior IT programmer analyst in Houston, TX.
    • ​Community organization - Cystic Fibrosis

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



2016-08-25T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – August 10, 2016 – 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 Columbus an $840 grant for refurbishing fire and rescue wildfire backpack bags that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our top priority is to encourage safety awareness and safe practices in our communities.  We are pleased that through our matching grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local resources 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 are able to stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe.”

Over the past 14 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.

2016-08-10T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – August 10, 2016 – 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 Grove City a $725 grant for emergency scene signs and traffic cones that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our top priority is to encourage safety awareness and safe practices in our communities.  We are pleased that through our matching grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local resources 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 are able to stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe.”

Over the past 14 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.

2016-08-10T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – August 9, 2016 – 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 St. Michael a $2,500 grant for emergency response pagers that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our top priority is to encourage safety awareness and safe practices in our communities.  We are pleased that through our matching grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local resources 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 are able to stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe.”

Over the past 14 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.

2016-08-10T05:00:00Z
Jeff Niederloh, New Hope resident, recognized as 2016 Outstanding Volunteer

MINNEAPOLIS – August 10, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy employee and New Hope resident, Jeff Niederloh, was recently recognized as a CenterPoint Energy Outstanding Volunteer for exceptional service to his local community. He, along with nine other outstanding volunteers, will be awarded a $500 Grant Incentive for Volunteers (GIVE) for donation to the nonprofit organization of his choice.

Niederloh, a senior financial analyst for CenterPoint Energy, volunteers for the Minnesota-based organization Can Do Canines. He and his family regularly take in puppies for 12 to 18 months and raise them to be assistance dogs for clients with various disabilities. “I know that the efforts me and my family have made will impact another person’s life for a very long time,” said Niederloh. “Everyone benefits when people are more independent and do not have to rely solely on government aid and services.”

Each year, CenterPoint Energy recognizes ten employees from across its service territory for the company’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Recipients are selected based on their volunteer efforts within the company and their local communities.

“These volunteers reflect the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities,” said Jean Krause, community relations director at CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy is proud to partner with community organizations like this to build inclusive and sustainable communities in each of the areas that we serve.” 

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

2016-08-10T05:00:00Z
Gina Swanson, Minneapolis resident, recognized as 2016 Outstanding Volunteer

MINNEAPOLIS – August 10, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy employee and Minneapolis resident, Gina Swanson, was recently recognized as a CenterPoint Energy Outstanding Volunteer for exceptional service to her local community. She, along with nine other outstanding volunteers, were awarded a $500 Grant Incentive for Volunteers (GIVE) for donation to the nonprofit organization of her choice.

Swanson, an operations generalist for CenterPoint Energy, serves on the church council and has taught Sunday school at Faith Lilac Way Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She also volunteers regularly with Junior Achievement and is a regular blood and platelet donor. “I’ve always been passionate about youth – both because I have children myself and because it makes such a difference in young people’s lives when someone cares enough to take time to work with them,” said Swanson. “If you can find something that touches or helps another person, then it’s worth it.”

Each year, CenterPoint Energy recognizes ten employees from across its service territory for the company’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Recipients are selected based on their volunteer efforts within the company and their local communities.

“These volunteers reflect the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities,” said Diane Englet, senior director of Corporate Community Relations at CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy is proud to partner with community organizations like this to build inclusive and sustainable communities in each of the areas that we serve.” 

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

2016-08-10T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – August 8, 2016 – 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 Ramsey a $2,500 grant for automated electronic defibrillators that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our top priority is to encourage safety awareness and safe practices in our communities.  We are pleased that through our matching grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local resources 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 are able to stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe.”

Over the past 14 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.

2016-08-08T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS – August 8, 2016 – 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 Orono a $720 grant for an automated external defibrillator that will be used to serve the community.

“At CenterPoint Energy our top priority is to encourage safety awareness and safe practices in our communities.  We are pleased that through our matching grant program, we are able to help cities leverage local resources 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 are able to stay connected with our emergency officials and aid them in keeping our neighbors and communities safe.”

Over the past 14 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.

2016-08-08T05:00:00Z

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