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CenterPoint Energy raises quarterly dividend from 19.5 cents to 19.75 cents per share; changes record date for 2011 annual meeting of shareholders

HOUSTON - January 20, 2011 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE:CNP) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.1975 per share of common stock payable on March 10, 2011, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 16, 2011.

“I am pleased that for the sixth consecutive year, CenterPoint Energy is raising its dividend,” said David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. “This increase demonstrates a strong commitment to our shareholders and the confidence the board of directors has in our ability to deliver sustainable earnings and cash flow.”

The company also announced that the record date for its 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Thursday, April 21, 2011, has been moved one day to February 22, 2011, due to a holiday. Shareholders who hold shares of CenterPoint Energy at the close of business on February 22, 2011, will receive notice of the meeting and will be eligible to vote.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & 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. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. The statements in this news release regarding future events and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual results include the financial performance of CenterPoint Energy, the timing and impact of future regulatory decisions, and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Form 10-K for the period ended Dec. 31, 2009, and Form 10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30, 2010, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.