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CenterPoint Energy puts safety first for American Education Week in Minnesota
Students can explore an updated educational Web site, Energy Underground

MINNEAPOLIS - Nov. 16, 2009 - In honor of American Education Week (Nov. 15 – 21), CenterPoint Energy is providing an updated Web site, Energy Underground, which has educational materials that can help the public be better informed at home, work and school about natural gas. Students of all ages, parents and educators can explore a whole new world about natural gas safety, energy conservation, science, careers and the history of natural gas formation.

“We’re proud to support our educational leaders and students with free tools and resources that can help our children learn about the safety and benefits of natural gas,” said Jean Krause, director of Corporate Community Relations. “As committed advocates for issues related to student education, we support administrators, teachers and parents and are pleased to be able to utilize technology to provide science-based online lessons and curriculum materials.”

The new natural gas safety education program for K-12 features age-appropriate resources. Students will learn valuable natural gas safety information, such as how to detect a gas leak, have the opportunity to write their own TV commercial and conduct experiments like making fossils or creating earthquakes. The site also contains lesson plans, resources and educational links for teachers, as well as games and activities for students. CenterPoint Energy invites the public to access the most up-to-date information about natural gas and other energy-related topics at http://centerpoint.energyunderground.com.

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 nearly $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 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.