CenterPoint Energy shares important natural gas safety tips as Hurricane Zeta enters Gulf of Mexico

Houston – Oct. 27, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor the forecasts closely as Hurricane Zeta moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The company urges customers to keep important pre- and post-storm natural gas safety tips top-of-mind to stay safe.

  • Do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter in advance of the storm; doing so could allow water to enter the natural gas lines should flooding occur. If you wish to discontinue gas service, turn off the natural gas at each appliance.
  • Always be alert for the smell of natural gas. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to leave, too.
  • If you smell gas, do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.
  • Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off. Once safely away from the area, call 888-876-5786 and CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician.
  • If your home was flooded, call a licensed plumber or gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances and gas piping to make sure they are in good operating condition before calling CenterPoint Energy to reconnect service. This includes outdoor gas appliances including pool heaters, gas grills and gas lights.
  • Before cleaning debris, digging on your property or to locate underground natural gas lines and other underground utility lines, call 811, the nationwide Call Before You Dig number.
  • Be aware of where your natural gas meter is located. As debris is put out for heavy trash pickup, make sure it is placed away from the meter. In many areas the meter may be located near the curb. If debris is near a gas meter, the mechanized equipment used by trash collectors could pull up the meter, damaging it and causing a potentially hazardous situation. If this happens, leave the area immediately and call CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786.

For more information, natural gas safety tips and other resources, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety.

 

2020-10-27T05:00:00Z
Construction Begins on CenterPoint Energy’s Solar Farm in Southwestern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana (Oct. 27, 2020) — After successfully completing the engineering phase earlier this year, Burns & McDonnell will begin the construction of a 50-megawatt (MW) universal solar array in Troy, Indiana, to service electric customers in CenterPoint Energy's Indiana Electric territory. When combined with the utility's 4 MWs of solar power already in service, the new solar farm, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2021, will generate enough electricity to power more than 12,000 households per year.

"The Troy solar farm is another important project in the continued evolution of our generation fleet as we add more renewable energy sources to our portfolio," said Steve Greenley, Senior Vice President, Generation Development for CenterPoint Energy. "Burns & McDonnell has a long history of delivering projects on time and on budget, while working safely. We are collaborating with the firm's integrated design and construction teams to bring universal solar energy to the southwestern Indiana communities we serve."

CenterPoint Energy's newest solar array, which was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2018, will consist of approximately 150,000 solar panels distributed across 300 acres along Indiana State Road 545 between Troy and New Boston, Ind. Each panel will be mounted on a single-axis tracking system, enabling the panels to automatically shift to maximize energy generation as the sun's rays move across the surface of the Earth. Once the project is substantially completed, Burns & McDonnell will provide commissioning and startup services before the new array goes online in 2021.

"Integrating our construction capabilities into our overall solar delivery offering enables us to leverage our extensive track record of successful utility-scale construction execution across multiple disciplines," said Chad Cotter, Director of Solar EPC for Burns & McDonnell. "By providing skills and experience, along with dedicated resources, we are streamlining project delivery with parallel engineering, procurement and construction activities. The Troy installation will be among the largest single-sited solar farms in the Tri-State area and will support surrounding communities for decades to come."

The project is an important step in CenterPoint Energy's goal to reduce its operational emissions by 70% by 2035. The company's reduction goal is based on its 2005 emissions. With 4 MW of universal solar already in service in Vanderburgh County, the new installation will expand CenterPoint Energy's Indiana electric solar production by more than 13 times its current capacity.

Burns & McDonnell is partnering with Indiana-based suppliers and contractors to assist with equipment procurement and on-site labor efforts. As one of the most prominent renewable resources in the state, the Troy installation signifies CenterPoint Energy's first self-build solar project. CenterPoint Energy's Indiana electric territory provides electric service to more than 144,000 customers in southwestern Indiana.

Burns & McDonnell ranks among the top 10 design firms in the U.S. and as the No. 1 firm in Power, according to Engineering News-Record (ENR). Additionally, the firm has been recognized by ENR among the top 10 design-build firms in the nation.

Forward Looking Statement:

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "goal," "intend," "may," "objective," "plan," "potential," "predict," "projection," "should," "target," "will" or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as the solar farm's estimated completion date and its anticipated impact on the Company's carbon emissions reductions targets, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the impact of COVID-19; (2) financial market conditions; (3) general economic conditions; (4) the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions; (5) effects of competition; (6) weather variations; (7) changes in business plans; and (8) other factors, risks and uncertainties discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About CenterPoint Energy

As the only investor owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As of June 30, 2020, the company owned approximately $32 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with more than 55 offices, globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned company and proud to be on Fortune's 2020 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn how we are on call through it all.

2020-10-27T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy makes donations to local non-profits assisting with Hurricane Delta recovery efforts

Houston – Oct. 26, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy recently presented donation checks of $20,000 to the American Red Cross of Lake Charles and $5,000 to The Salvation Army of Lake Charles in support of their efforts assisting those impacted by Hurricane Delta.

"Through CenterPoint Energy's contributions to local nonprofit organizations, we continue to provide relief to communities in our Louisiana natural gas footprint, many of whom are still struggling to recover and rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Laura. Our thoughts are with CenterPoint Energy's employees and customers who were directly affected," said Alicia Dixon, Director of Community Relations. "The safety and well-being of our employees, customers and communities impacted by Hurricanes Delta and Laura remain our top priorities."

These contributions are in addition to the $350,000 commitment made by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to local nonprofit organizations and impacted colleagues to aid in relief and recovery from Hurricane Laura. The company serves more than 100,000 customers in south Louisiana and will continue to partner with relief and recovery organizations on opportunities to support impacted communities.

2020-10-26T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy makes donations to local non-profits assisting with Hurricane Delta recovery efforts

Houston – Oct. 26, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy recently presented a donation check of $5,000 to the United Way of Acadiana in support of their efforts assisting those impacted by Hurricane Delta.

"Through CenterPoint Energy's contributions to local nonprofit organizations, we continue to provide relief to communities in our Louisiana natural gas footprint, many of whom are still struggling to recover and rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Laura. Our thoughts are with CenterPoint Energy's employees and customers who were directly affected," said Alicia Dixon, Director of Community Relations. "The safety and well-being of our employees, customers and communities impacted by Hurricanes Delta and Laura remain our top priorities."

These contributions are in addition to the $350,000 commitment made by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to local nonprofit organizations and impacted colleagues to aid in relief and recovery from Hurricane Laura. The company serves more than 100,000 customers in south Louisiana and will continue to partner with relief and recovery organizations on opportunities to support impacted communities.

2020-10-26T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

Houston – Oct. 19, 2020 – This year, CenterPoint Energy's Community Safety Grant program awarded nearly 130 grants totaling approximately $260,000 in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas to fund safety-related equipment and projects in local communities.

"Safety is one of CenterPoint Energy's core values," said Alicia Dixon, Director of Community Relations for CenterPoint Energy. "Through our Community Partnership Grant program, we are able to stay connected to emergency officials, first responders and others in the communities we serve to help support our customers' safety."

Recipients were determined based on the content of their applications. Participants were required to outline a safety-related problem, issue or need in the community and how a Community Safety Grant would help create a sustainable solution. Leveraging the chosen organization's local funds, the CenterPoint Energy grant is a matching contribution and cannot be more than 50% of the cost of the project. The program awards grants of up to $2,500.

Since 2003, through its Community Safety Grant program, CenterPoint Energy has funded more than 1,180 safety-related projects and contributed more than $2.3 million in donations to communities for safety initiatives.

To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, please visit https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/in-your-community/giving-back?sa=ho.

 

About CenterPoint Energy

As the only investor owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As of June 30, 2020, the company owned approximately $32 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2020-10-19T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy Foundation commits $50,000 to Hurricane Delta relief

Houston – Oct. 16, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy today announced that through its charitable foundation the company has committed $50,000 to nonprofit organizations leading Hurricane Delta relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana.

CenterPoint Energy's $50,000 commitment will include contributions to the following organizations that are focused on relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana:

  • American Red Cross of Lake Charles – $20,000
  • United Way of Southwest Louisiana – $20,000
  • United Way of Acadiana – $5,000
  • The Salvation Army of Lake Charles – $5,000

"Through the CenterPoint Energy Foundation's contributions to local nonprofit organizations, we continue to provide relief to communities in our Louisiana natural gas footprint, many of whom are still struggling to recover and rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Laura. Our thoughts are with CenterPoint Energy's employees and customers who were directly affected," said Alicia Dixon, Director of Community Relations. "The safety and well-being of our employees, customers and communities impacted by Hurricanes Delta and Laura remain our top priorities."

These contributions are in addition to the $350,000 commitment made by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to local nonprofit organizations and impacted colleagues to aid in relief and recovery from Hurricane Laura. The company serves more than 100,000 customers in south Louisiana and will continue to partner with relief and recovery organizations on opportunities to support impacted communities.

Additionally, mutual assistance crews from CenterPoint Energy's Electric Operations in Houston are helping Entergy Texas and Entergy Louisiana restore power in the impacted areas replacing downed poles, wires and transformers, among other critical work.

2020-10-16T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy names Alicia Dixon Director of Community Relations

Houston – Oct. 15, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy, an energy delivery company based in Houston, has named Alicia Dixon as Director of Community Relations. In this leadership role, Dixon will implement the company's enterprise-wide community relations strategies, campaigns, programs and activities.

Dixon began her career with CenterPoint Energy in 1990. During her 30-year tenure with the company, she worked in various areas of Communications, serving as the company's spokesperson with the media and other stakeholders. Dixon has also been a driving force in shaping the reputation of CenterPoint Energy – from the development of major infrastructure projects, to the aftermath of significant weather events. Most recently, she served as Manager, Communications-South.

"Alicia's experience in communications, operations, government affairs and regulatory services, and stakeholder engagement will be valuable assets in her new role," said Lynne Harkel-Rumford, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CenterPoint Energy.

Dixon has been active in many company-supported nonprofit organizations, including Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and United Way. She is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Houston and long-time volunteer with the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Baylor University.

As the only investor-owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As of June 30, 2020, the company owned approximately $32 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

2020-10-15T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy offers Minnesota businesses an online tool to measure and manage their energy use

Minneapolis – Oct. 12, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota's largest natural gas utility, is offering its commercial customers an online natural gas "benchmarking" tool to help them measure their energy use. The tool will provide customers with potential opportunities to   lower their utility bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

Energy benchmarking is a method to track a building's energy consumption over time and compare it to similar buildings.

CenterPoint Energy's Energy Data Portal tool helps its commercial customers streamline the benchmarking process for natural gas use – whether the property is a factory, store, office, school or apartment building. The tool is available at no additional cost to customers.

"We have long been committed to helping our customers save energy," said Brad Tutunjian, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President for Minnesota Regional Operations. "This online benchmarking tool is another innovative way we can serve our commercial customers and support the efficient use of natural gas to meet their energy needs."

The benchmarking tool is available for any CenterPoint Energy commercial customer interested in energy benchmarking.

In recent years, the cities of Minneapolis, Edina and St. Louis Park have adopted benchmarking ordinances that require commercial and apartment building owners of a certain size to measure and report their energy use. CenterPoint Energy's benchmarking tool streamlines the process to help customers comply with these requirements.

With the Energy Data Portal, a building owner or property manager can:

  • Track a building's current and historical natural gas use;
  • Automatically transfer monthly energy use data into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that compares a building's energy use to similar buildings and generates a benchmarking score;
  • Access all properties and individual accounts in one place with user-friendly data analysis tools; and
  • Gain insights to better manage energy use and identify energy-saving opportunities.

For customers interested in making energy-saving improvements, CenterPoint Energy offers a wide range of financial incentives and rebates.

The Energy Data Portal benchmarking tool is part of CenterPoint Energy's nation-leading Conservation Improvement Program. For more than 25 years, the utility has partnered with its residential and business customers to help them reduce their energy use, and save money, with energy efficiency programs.

More information about energy benchmarking and the Energy Data Portal is available at CenterPointEnergy.com.

About CenterPoint Energy

As the only investor owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As of June 30, 2020, the company owned approximately $32 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "goal," "intend," "may," "objective," "plan," "potential," "predict," "projection," "should," "target," "will" or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as opportunities to lower energy usage and customers' utility bills and to reduce carbon emissions, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the impact of COVID-19; (2) financial market conditions; (3) general economic conditions; (4) the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions; (5) effects of competition; (6) weather variations; (7) changes in business plans; and (8) other factors, risks and uncertainties discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

2020-10-12T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy linemen head east to support Hurricane Delta recovery efforts
Houston – Oct. 10, 2020 – More than 170 CenterPoint Energy linemen, contractors and support personnel departed this morning for East Texas and Louisiana to assist Entergy Texas and Entergy Louisiana with power outage restoration resulting from Hurricane Delta.
 
“Our thoughts are with those in communities who have been impacted by Hurricane Delta, many of which were devastated by Hurricane Laura only weeks ago,” said Randy Pryor, Vice President of Distribution Operations of CenterPoint Energy. “Our dedicated teams will work 12- to 16-hour days to help restore electric service as safely and quickly as possible.”
 
CenterPoint Energy is part of electric utility mutual assistance programs that provide access to thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from around the country to lend a hand during widespread power outage emergencies. CenterPoint Energy has been the beneficiary of this assistance several times. After Hurricane Harvey, the company received the assistance of thousands of workers from 20 states, who helped the company’s crews restore power to customers within 10 days. Over the years, CenterPoint Energy crews have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who were left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
 
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2020-10-10T17:25:00Z
CenterPoint Energy shares important natural gas safety tips as Hurricane Delta enters Gulf of Mexico

Houston – Oct. 7, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor the forecasts closely as Hurricane Delta moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The company urges customers to keep important pre- and post-storm natural gas safety tips top-of-mind to stay safe.

  • Do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter in advance of the storm; doing so could allow water to enter the natural gas lines should flooding occur. If you wish to discontinue gas service, turn off the natural gas at each appliance.
  • Always be alert for the smell of natural gas. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to leave, too.
  • If you smell gas, do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.
  • Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off. Once safely away from the area, call 888-876-5786 and CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician.
  • If your home was flooded, call a licensed plumber or gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances and gas piping to make sure they are in good operating condition before calling CenterPoint Energy to reconnect service. This includes outdoor gas appliances including pool heaters, gas grills and gas lights.
  • Before cleaning debris, digging on your property or to locate underground natural gas lines and other underground utility lines, call 811, the nationwide Call Before You Dig number.
  • Be aware of where your natural gas meter is located. As debris is put out for heavy trash pickup, make sure it is placed away from the meter. In many areas the meter may be located near the curb. If debris is near a gas meter, the mechanized equipment used by trash collectors could pull up the meter, damaging it and causing a potentially hazardous situation. If this happens, leave the area immediately and call CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786.

For more information, natural gas safety tips and other resources, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety.

2020-10-07T05:00:00Z

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