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CenterPoint Energy awards the City of Minneapolis Community Partnership Grant
Company awards more than $125,000 in grants to 60 communities for safety equipment

MINNEAPOLIS - June 18, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy recently awarded the City of Minneapolis a Community Partnership Grant totaling $2,500 for four-gas monitors for the fire department and a cell phone for police department that will be used to serve the community.

“We believe in supporting the communities we serve and are pleased to be able to provide our Community Partnership Grant Program that matches local funds of our cities for use toward purchasing safety equipment,” said Tal Centers, division vice president of regional operations for CenterPoint Energy. “We believe this program provides solutions to our communities and a shared commitment to public health and safety.”

The 2010 CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership Grant program provides funds and awards up to $2,500 per community served by the company. Priority is given to franchised communities that have not previously received a grant. The cities that receive the grants must use the grant dollars for safety equipment or special safety related projects in the community.

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 $19 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.