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CenterPoint Energy recognized as 100 year accredited business by the Better Business Bureau
Minnesota utility honored at International Torch Awards Gala
Joe Vortherms, division vice president of regional gas operations and Brenda Bjorklund (center), associate general counsel, accept honors on behalf of CenterPoint Energy Minnesota; accompanied by Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the Minnesota/North Dakota BBB at the International Torch Awards Gala in Washington D.C.

MINNEAPOLIS – October 17, 2012 –CenterPoint Energy was recently recognized at the International Torch Awards in Washington D.C. by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as a 100 year accredited business in Minnesota - adding the company to the BBB Centennial Honor Roll. The BBB Centennial Honor Roll recognizes public companies that are 100 or more years old that support the mission of BBB to foster marketplace trust, either as a National Partner and/or Accredited Business during BBB’s first century. 

“This is one of the most prestigious groups of companies ever recognized by any organization – companies that have been our partners in advancing marketplace trust and that helped us get to this point in our history,” said Carrie Hurt, Council of Better Business Bureaus’ president and CEO. 

 “We have supported the BBB for many years and are proud of this distinction,” said Joe Vortherms, division vice president of regional gas operations in Minnesota. “We champion and practice the BBB’s guiding principles and it is good to be recognized for doing so.  We congratulate the BBB on its 100 years of excellence.” 

Brenda Bjorklund, associate general counsel for CenterPoint Energy and past chair of the Minnesota/North Dakota BBB board, added “it was an honor to chair the board of the first Better Business Bureau in the United States. I’m thankful to CenterPoint Energy for allowing me the opportunity to do so.”
The BBB Centennial Honor Roll was created to celebrate the BBB’s milestone birthday by honoring fellow centurions – large public companies that are at least 100 years old and that have supported BBB for much of those 10 decades.

About the BBB:
For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at
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www.bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 114 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.  

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 $22 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. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.