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CenterPoint Energy sponsors Habitat for Humanity volunteer luncheon
27th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project held in Twin Cities

Jimmy CarterMINNEAPOLIS - October 28, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy recently sponsored a luncheon for 300 volunteers at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - 27th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. During the week, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter led hundreds of volunteers in building, rehabilitating and repairing 12 homes in North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s East Side - two neighborhoods in need of safe and stable housing.

“CenterPoint Energy has been partnering and building homes with Habitat for Humanity for 16 years,” said Tal Centers, division regional vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “We were honored to sponsor and enjoy lunch with the hundreds of volunteers.”

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter came to Minneapolis as part of their 2010 Work Project, in which volunteers build and renovate homes in partnership with low-income families in Washington D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; and Birmingham, Alabama.

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 over $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 130 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving nearly 790,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.