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Mississippi native named CenterPoint Energy’s vice president of Gas Operations in Mississippi

HOUSTON - April 6, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) has named Mississippi native Walter Bryant vice president of Gas Operations in Mississippi. In this role Bryant, who currently oversees all aspects of the company’s natural gas distribution operations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, will assume additional responsibilities for Gas Operations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

“I look forward to this new opportunity and working with our customers in Mississippi,” said Bryant. “I’m excited to be returning to my roots and be part of a team that’s been delivering safe and reliable natural gas to these communities for more than 100 years.”

Bryant began his career with CenterPoint Energy in 1981 as a power consultant in Houston and held a variety of management positions within the company’s electric business. In 1998 he was promoted to vice president of Gas Operations in Louisiana. He was named to his current position in 2006.

He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities, is on the Business Advisory Board of Philander Smith College and is active in the Arkansas Gas Association.

Bryant was born in Okolona, Miss., and grew up in Natchez. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Bryant is married to the former Rita Brown of Pecan, Miss. and they are the parents of two daughters.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & 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 nearly $20 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.