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CenterPoint Energy appoints new board member; sets 2014 annual meeting of shareholders
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9 a.m. Central Time

Houston - December 12, 2013 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE:CNP) Board of Directors today appointed Scott J. McLean as a director to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders.

The 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. CDT in the CenterPoint Energy Tower auditorium, 1111 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas. Shareholders who hold shares of CenterPoint Energy as of February 24, 2014, will receive notice of the meeting and will be eligible to vote.

McLean, expected to stand for election at the 2014 annual meeting, is chief executive officer of Amegy Bank of Texas and executive vice president of Zions Bancorporation. Prior to joining Amegy Bank, McLean worked for JPMorgan Chase for 23 years, where he served in a number of roles, including president in Dallas, chairman in El Paso and president in Houston. He currently serves on the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees and the boards of the United Way of Houston and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

He joins current board members Milton Carroll (chairman), Michael P. Johnson, Janiece Longoria, David M. McClanahan, Susan O. Rheney, R. A. Walker and Peter S. Wareing.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 58.3 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major natural gas and liquids producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.