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Learn ways to stay safe and save energy all year long at the Minnesota State Fair
CenterPoint Energy wants to see you at Minnesota’s premier summer event

Amber Viehauser and Becca Virden of CenterPoint Energy invite the public to join Buddy Blue Flame at the State Fair for his first year.  CenterPoint Energy, a founding partner among natural gas providers, built the Blue Flame Lodge over 40 years ago- serving as Buddy’s home at the fair!

MINNEAPOLIS – August 28, 2013 – For over 40 years, CenterPoint Energy has been a proud supporter of the Minnesota State Fair.
“We want to see you at the Minnesota State Fair now through Labor Day,” said Amber Viehauser, Energy Programs manager for CenterPoint Energy. “The Blue Flame Lodge and Eco Experience offer hands-on activities and demonstrations that teach visitors how to save money on their natural gas bill while staying safe.”
Kris Tande, Damage Prevention supervisor for CenterPoint Energy added, “For the first time ever, Buddy Blue Flame -our safety mascot- will be helping us give away the popular multi-colored yard sticks at the Gopher State One Call booth in the Blue Flame Lodge and helping to remind everyone to call 811 at least two working days before beginning a digging project. We enjoy visiting with the public each year at the fair and sharing the importance of the yardsticks, which demonstrate the required two-foot tolerance zone that must be maintained for safe digging.”
The Blue Flame Lodge also offers visitors the chance to see the latest residential natural gas equipment available and the opportunity to learn about the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas.

Energy experts at the Eco Experience are available to explain the latest technologies through interactive displays and demonstrations where visitors can:
• Receive step-by-step information to qualify for utility rebates.
• Go through CenterPoint Energy’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) exhibit featuring a zoned heating system, power vent water heater and an Eternal Hybrid tankless water heater.
• Check out natural gas vehicles from CenterPoint Energy’s service fleet and see a natural gas home fueling station.

CenterPoint Energy supports educational, civic, social and environmental initiatives that enhance the quality of life for its customers, the environment and the community. To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.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 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.