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CenterPoint Energy recognized for March of Dimes support with Platinum Circle Award
Donations of more than $23,000 to help babies begin healthy lives

MODMINNEAPOLIS - June 23, 2010 - In recognition of the company’s fundraising achievements, CenterPoint Energy is a recipient of the Platinum Circle Award from the March of Dimes for donating more than $23,000, surpassing the company’s initial fundraising goals. The Platinum Circle Award is a corporate achievement level recognizing companies who reach a campaign contribution threshold amount of at least $14,999.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our employees who, despite the difficult economy, far surpassed our goal,” said Tal Centers, division vice president, Minnesota Operations. “The fight against infant mortality, birth defects and premature birth rates is challenging, and our employees rose to the task of supporting this noble cause.”

CenterPoint Energy provided sponsorship and support for the 22nd consecutive year for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies campaign, which aims to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives, as well as bring comfort and support to families with a newborn in intensive care. CenterPoint Energy’s Safety Wellness Action Team (SWAT) supported fundraising efforts that contributed more than $7,500 and on the day of the Minneapolis and Mankato walks. Nearly 90 employees volunteered and walked in the March for Babies events in Minneapolis, Mankato, Monticello and Brainerd, while other employees distributed refreshments to walkers at company-sponsored checkpoints in Minneapolis and Mankato.

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.