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CenterPoint Energy Awards the City of Minneapolis Community Partnership Grant
Company awards nearly $125,000 in grants to 61 communities for safety equipment

 MINNEAPOLIS – July 11, 2012 – CenterPoint Energy recently awarded the City of Minneapolis a Community Partnership Grant in the amount of $900 for expansion of capabilities for the First Watch Emergency System for emergency responders that will be used to serve the community.

“We are pleased that our Community Partnership Grants provide financial support to cities in our service area, enabling them to address the needs in their community,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of regional operations for CenterPoint Energy. “This program also allows us to work closely with the cities we serve, impacting the quality of life in our communities by making them safer places to live and work.”

The program awarded grants up to $2,500 for safety equipment or safety related projects to support emergency response or safety for the citizens of the community. Priority is given to franchised communities that have not received a grant in the last year.

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 and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $22 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy 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 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.