Energy partners recognized for work on the Twin Cities light rail project from left to right; Ryan Setterholm- CenterPoint Energy, Chris Duffrin-Neighborhood Energy Connection, Yvonne Pfeifer-Xcel Energy, Jay Wrobel-MEEA Executive Director, Jenny Edwards-Center for Energy and Environment and Jim Giebel-city of St. Paul.
MINNEAPOLIS – March 19, 2012 – The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) recently recognized Energy Innovation Corridor project partners, including CenterPoint Energy, for their contributions to the Twin Cities light rail project, an energy-efficient venture that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Inspiring Efficiency INNOVATION Award recognizes companies like CenterPoint Energy for developing and implementing new and innovative programs, ideas or policy in the Midwest. MEEA presented the award to Energy Innovation Corridor(EIC) project partners at the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago.
“CenterPoint Energy is extremely grateful for this recognition and proud of the partnership with Xcel Energy and other energy providers and advocacy groups in Minnesota working on the Energy Innovation Corridor,” said Tal Centers, CenterPoint Energy division vice president, Minnesota Operations. “Environmental awareness and support for projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions help people in our community live healthier, while also lowering overall energy use.”
The EIC, which extends along the 11-mile Central Corridor light rail transit project route, is a showcase of energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation and smart technology. The project is led by a diverse group of public, private and nonprofit organizations, and aims to encourage investment in alternative and renewable energy, address global climate change and create new jobs.
“The Corridor project is a great example of how diverse organizations, such as utilities, non-profits and local government can work together to integrate energy efficiency into complex infrastructure development with regional impact,” said Todd Berreman, CenterPoint Energy manager of energy efficiency programs.
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 $21 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. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.