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CenterPoint Energy names Tal Centers vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota
Tal Centers

MINNEAPOLIS - April 1, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy has named Tal Centers vice president of CenterPoint Energy’s Gas Operations in Minnesota. In this role, Centers will be responsible for the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility and the company’s unregulated business, Home Service Plus (HSP).

“I look forward to this new opportunity and working with our customers in Minnesota,” said Tal Centers, vice president of operations for CenterPoint Energy. “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s been delivering safe and reliable natural gas to these communities for over 135 years.”

Centers began his career with the company in 1985 and has held various management positions in Gas Operations. He most recently served as vice president of Gas Engineering and Technical Services for the company’s natural gas distribution systems in six states.

He has held numerous leadership positions in natural gas trade associations including serving on the Executive Council and Operating Managing Committee for the Southern Gas Association and serving on the Managing Committee of the American Gas Association. Centers, a licensed professional engineer, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and is an executive MBA graduate also from Texas A&M.

Centers replaced David Baker, who will oversee the company’s Electric Operations in Houston.

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 nearly $20 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.