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CenterPoint Energy named finalist for 2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics
Winner to be announced at Awards Ceremony on October 29

CenterPoint Energy’s Brenda Bjorklund, Associate General Counsel and Joe Vortherms, division regional vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota, proudly stand in representation of CenterPoint Energy and its employees. For the second consecutive year, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota named CenterPoint Energy a finalist for their Torch Awards for Ethics. The company has been serving Minnesotans for over 140 years.

MINNEAPOLIS – September 12, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota has named CenterPoint Energy a finalist for their Torch Awards for Ethics. The Torch award recognizes and publicly acknowledges companies who display an outstanding level of ethics, customer service and integrity in all aspects of their operations. Finalists are companies that generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers, and their communities. The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on October 29.

“CenterPoint Energy is committed to its core values of integrity, accountability, initiative and respect for its customers, investors, employees and communities,” said Joe Vortherms, division regional vice president of Gas Operations. “Living up to our values and the highest ethical standards shows our customers, employees, communities, shareholders and industry partners that we are intent on delivering upon our promises and that they can expect the very best from each and every CenterPoint Energy employee.”

Last year, CenterPoint Energy was recognized at the International Torch Awards in Washington D.C. by the 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.

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 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 & 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 a midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major natural gas and liquids-rich 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 135 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.