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CenterPoint Energy surpasses $1 million milestone in contributions to communities for safety initiatives
Program helps communities fund over 500 safety projects

MINNEAPOLIS – May 9, 2013 – CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program, a program that awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects, recently surpassed $1 million in donations.  Over the past 10 years, the program has helped communities throughout the company’s service area fund more than 500 projects designed to enhance their safety initiatives. 

“At CenterPoint Energy our number one priority is safety and it’s rewarding to partner with communities to help them achieve their goals with new equipment, training or other safety-related projects that the grants afford them,” said Diane Englet, senior director of community relations for CenterPoint Energy.  “We are proud that our Community Partnership Grants are leveraged with local funds to enhance safety in our communities.
To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/community.

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 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 806,000 customers in 260 communities. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.