CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor active system in the Gulf of Mexico

LAKE CHARLES, La. – June 17, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor the forecasts closely as potentially severe weather heads toward 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.

Natural Gas Safety

  • 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.

No two storms are alike and, as was the case with Hurricane Harvey, flooding can have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety, and other resources, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety.

2021-06-17T05:00:00Z
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CenterPoint Energy proposes next step in Smart Energy Future Plan

EVANSVILLE, Ind., June 17, 2021 - CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) today announced the filing of an application with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) requesting approval to construct two natural gas combustion turbines to replace portions of its existing coal-fired generation fleet. The filing comes as the next component in CenterPoint Energy's long-term generation transition plan, which seeks to significantly change the way the company generates power and deliver on its commitment to provide a cost-effective, well-balanced energy mix for its 145,000 customers in southwest Indiana.

The estimated $323 million turbine facility would be constructed at the current site of A.B. Brown power plant in Posey County, Ind. and will provide a combined output of 460 megawatts (MW), sized appropriately to support the anticipated electric generation needed upon the proposed retirement of A.B. Brown units 1 and 2 in late 2023. Construction of the turbines will begin following receipt of approval by the IURC, anticipated in the second half of 2022. The turbines are targeted to be operational in 2024.  

In June 2020, CenterPoint Energy presented the results from its most recent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which illustrated a preferred portfolio including nearly two-thirds of energy generated from renewable resources that is expected to lower carbon emissions by nearly 75% from 2005 levels. The preferred portfolio seeks to maintain continued reliability, while saving electric customers an estimated $320 million over the 20-year planning period.

"The construction of the natural gas generation turbines is the next step in CenterPoint Energy's long-term plan to deliver on the commitment to introduce significant renewables and natural gas into our portfolio as outlined in our 2020 Integrated Resource Plan," said Steve Greenley, Senior Vice President of Generation Development. "The retirement of our smaller, inefficient coal units and adding the natural gas combustion turbines will continue to reduce our emissions and maintain our focus on the environment while providing our customers a cost-effective option for delivering safe and reliable energy."

As part of its generation transition plan, CenterPoint Energy added 50 MW of universal solar in Troy, Ind., which is now in service and joins its two 2-MW solar projects in Vanderburgh County. In February, CenterPoint Energy filed a request to enter into agreements on the acquisition of a 300 MW solar array and a power purchase agreement (PPA) for an additional 100 MWs of solar energy.

Today's filing will have no immediate impacts on residential electric bills. Following approval by the IURC, cost recovery of the proposed natural gas generation turbines will be requested through an electric rate review process expected in 2023.

Greenley added, "CenterPoint Energy's long-term generation portfolio transition will meet growing demand to provide cleaner energy for our region while maintaining the reliability our customers deserve and have come to expect."

CenterPoint Energy delivers electricity to approximately 145,000 customers in southwest Indiana in all or portions of Gibson, Dubois, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Programs and services are operated under the brand CenterPoint Energy by Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company d/b/a CenterPoint Energy Indiana South.

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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 "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "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 CenterPoint Energy's plans to increase renewable and natural gas generation resources, including the proposed construction of two natural gas combustion turbines, while retiring certain coal units and timing thereof, the IURC's approval process, including the proposed approval of the turbines and timing thereof, the estimated output and cost of the turbines, anticipated cost savings and other benefits to customers, carbon emissions reductions, additional regulatory requests in connection with CenterPoint Energy's generation transition plan and timing thereof, 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, 2020, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

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2021-06-17T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor ERCOT’s grid conditions

Houston – June 15, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy continues to closely monitor grid conditions and information from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). According to ERCOT, as a result of unplanned power generation outages and customer demand for electricity, the ERCOT system will continue to be close to the amount of power generation available and grid conditions are expected to be tight through Friday, June 18.

  • The company thanks its customers for answering the call to conserve electricity yesterday
  • Electric grid tight conditions are expected throughout the week of June 14, customers across greater Houston area continue to be encouraged to conserve electricity, especially during peak hours

ERCOT is responsible for scheduling electric power and ensuring the reliability and adequacy of the electrical network in the ERCOT region of Texas. CenterPoint Energy does not generate electricity itself, so any shortage of electric power capacity from the electric grid is not something that the company controls.

CenterPoint Energy is asking its customers to conserve electricity this week, particularly between 3 to 7 p.m., the forecasted peak time period for customer power usage.

"We appreciate our customers and their willingness to answer the call for conservation yesterday," said Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy's Executive Vice President, Electric Utility. "As we continue to expect tight grid conditions throughout the week, we encourage our customers across our electric service territory to help conserve electricity every day through Friday."

Consumers can help the ERCOT grid by conserving energy, especially until 7 p.m. by following these steps:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.
  • Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers.
  • If you don't need something – please turn it off and unplug it, if possible.

If conditions worsen, ERCOT may issue a directive to CenterPoint Energy to curtail delivery of power to customers, which will require the utility to implement controlled outages due to power generation shortage. Controlled outages are planned emergency measures designed to avoid potentially longer and more widespread power outages for customers. Controlled outages are only implemented as a last resort to maintain reliability of the electric system, and they are done with the intent to rotate outages in the electric service territory based on grid and system conditions.

Houston-area customers should prepare now and have a back-up plan in place, especially those who rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment.

ERCOT is the independent system operator for the region and manages the flow of electric power to most of Texas and more than 26 million Texas customers. CenterPoint Energy is an investor-owned electric utility and a member of ERCOT. The company manages the transmission and distribution of electricity to its approximately 2.6 million customers across the greater Houston area and surrounding communities.

CenterPoint Energy will keep customers updated through local media outlets and the company's customer communication channels, including Twitter (@CNPalerts), Facebook, Power Alert Service, Outage Tracker (Estimated Restoration Times will not be available for these types of emergencies) and the web.

About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

 

2021-06-15T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy monitoring ERCOT’s grid conditions

Houston – June 14, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy is closely monitoring grid conditions and information from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). According to ERCOT, as a result of unplanned power generation outages and customer demand for electricity, the ERCOT system will be close to the amount of power generation available late this afternoon and into the early evening. Grid conditions are expected to continue to be tight today through Friday, June 18.

ERCOT is responsible for scheduling electric power and ensuring the reliability and adequacy of the electrical network in the ERCOT region of Texas. CenterPoint Energy does not generate electricity itself, so any shortage of electric power capacity from the electric grid is not something that the company controls.

CenterPoint Energy is asking its customers to conserve electricity this week, particularly between 2:30 to 8 p.m., the forecasted peak time period for customer power usage.

"The power generation issue is expected to be at its peak from the afternoon to the evening hours for the remainder of the week," said Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy's Executive Vice President, Electric Utility. "We are encouraging our customers across our electric service territory to help conserve electricity."

Consumers can help the ERCOT grid by conserving energy, especially until 8 p.m. by following these steps:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.
  • Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers.
  • If you don't need something – please turn it off and unplug it, if possible.

If conditions worsen, ERCOT may issue a directive to CenterPoint Energy to curtail delivery of power to customers, which will require the utility to implement controlled outages due to power generation shortage. Controlled outages are planned emergency measures designed to avoid potentially longer and more widespread power outages for customers. Controlled outages are only implemented as a last resort to maintain reliability of the electric system, and they are done with the intent to rotate outages in the electric service territory based on grid and system conditions.

Houston-area customers should prepare now and have a back-up plan in place, especially those who rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment.

ERCOT is the independent system operator for the region and manages the flow of electric power to most of Texas and more than 26 million Texas customers. CenterPoint Energy is an investor-owned electric utility and a member of ERCOT. The company manages the transmission and distribution of electricity to its approximately 2.6 million customers across the greater Houston area and surrounding communities.

CenterPoint Energy will keep customers updated through local media outlets and the company's customer communication channels, including Twitter (@CNPalerts), Facebook, Power Alert Service, Outage Tracker (Estimated Restoration Times will not be available for these types of emergencies) and the web.

About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2021-06-14T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy Foundation donates $100,000 to Comp-U-Dopt and distributes free laptops to Lake Charles students

​LAKE CHARLES, La. – June 9, 2021 – Two hundred free laptop computers were recently distributed to underserved youth in Lake Charles during a two-day distribution event. Provided by Comp-U-Dopt, a nonprofit with a mission to provide technology access, and funded by a $100,000 donation from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation, the laptops were awarded to lottery registrants randomly selected in advance of the distribution. CenterPoint Energy employees, Calcasieu School Parish staff and local leaders were on hand to personally distribute the computers during the event. 

"There is a huge technological divide for children, and in recent years that divide has become a huge barrier to learning for low income children" says Christe Singleton, vice president of regional operations for CenterPoint Energy. "Giving these children access to reconditioned computers provides them with a valuable tool that will support their education and empower their future."  

The CenterPoint Energy Foundation is a charitable giving vehicle focused on strengthening the quality of life in the communities served by CenterPoint Energy.  For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Foundation.


2021-06-09T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy gears up for 2021 hurricane season

Houston – June 1, 2021 – Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan that reflects current public health guidelines, especially for customers who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service as safely and quickly as possible following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). CenterPoint Energy's employees, across all areas, are called upon to support the company­­'s EOP.

"This hurricane season is predicted to be very active, so customers should be prepared for electric outages and have plans in place now," said Randy Pryor, Vice President of Distribution Operations for CenterPoint Energy.  

According to the guidance below from the National Hurricane Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, customers should be prepared to be without electric service according to the following guidelines:

HURRICANE WIND SPEED TYPE OF DAMAGE AND ESTIMATED OUTAGE*
CATEGORY 1 Winds 74-95 mph Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
CATEGORY 2Winds 96-110 mph Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
CATEGORY 3Winds 111-129 mph Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
CATEGORY 4Winds 130-156 mph Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months.
CATEGORY 5Winds 157 mph and up Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months.

*Individual restoration times will vary.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale's information can be found here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php

"After severe weather, CenterPoint Energy employees work around the clock to assess storm damage to our electric grid and restore electricity as safely and quickly as possible," added Pryor.

CenterPoint Energy crews begin the restoration process with facilities vital to safety, health and welfare, such as hospitals, water treatment plants and public service facilities. After key facilities, the company follows its priority restoration process by making repairs to electrical facilities that will return power to the largest number of customers first, then continue the restoration process by prioritizing repairs to benefit the greatest number of customers, until power is returned to everyone.

In addition, CenterPoint Energy is a part of electric utility mutual assistance programs that provide access to thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from around the country to support restoration efforts during widespread power outage emergencies. The company is in close contact with mutual assistance partners in the event additional crews are needed.

The company also shared that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) recently predicted that it is anticipating record-breaking electric demand this summer due to expected hot and dry weather conditions, as well as continued economic and population growth throughout the region. ERCOT is the independent system operator for the region and manages the flow of electric power to most of Texas and more than 26 million Texas customers.

CenterPoint Energy is a member of ERCOT and manages the transmission and distribution of electricity to its approximately 2.6 million customers across the greater Houston area and surrounding communities. The company does not generate electricity itself in Texas, so any shortage of power generation is not something that CenterPoint Energy controls.

CenterPoint Energy is also prepared to continue to meet customers' natural gas demands across its eight-state service territory. Operations personnel are regularly checking and adjusting natural gas pressures at delivery points and remotely monitoring pressures at hundreds of locations across the company's system.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we have plans in place to respond to extreme weather events," said Tal Centers, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President, Texas Gas. "Our dedicated team members are prepared and ready to restore our natural gas system safely and effectively if a weather event impacts our area."

No two weather events are alike, and flooding can also have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety, electric safety and other resources, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter.

For the latest information on electric power outages:

About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2021-06-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy gears up for 2021 hurricane season

Houston – June 1, 2021 – Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan that reflects current public health guidelines. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service as safely and quickly as possible following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). CenterPoint Energy's employees, across all areas, are called upon to support the company­­'s EOP.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are prepared to respond to extreme weather events," said Tal Centers, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President, Texas Gas. "This hurricane season is predicted to be very active and we encourage our customers to have plans in place now."

CenterPoint Energy is prepared to continue to meet customers' natural gas demands across its eight-state service territory. Operations personnel are regularly checking and adjusting natural gas pressures at delivery points and remotely monitoring pressures at hundreds of locations across the company's system. "Our dedicated team members are prepared and ready to restore our natural gas system safely and effectively if a weather event impacts our area," added Centers.

No two weather events are alike, and flooding can also have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety and other resources, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety.

About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2021-06-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy gears up for 2021 hurricane season

SHREVEPORT, La – June 1, 2021 – Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan that reflects current public health guidelines. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service as safely and quickly as possible following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). CenterPoint Energy's employees, across all areas, are called upon to support the company­­'s EOP.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are prepared to respond to extreme weather events," said Christe Singleton, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President of Louisiana and Mississippi Gas Operations. "This hurricane season is predicted to be very active and we encourage our customers to have plans in place now."

CenterPoint Energy is prepared to continue to meet customers' natural gas demands across its eight-state service territory. Operations personnel are regularly checking and adjusting natural gas pressures at delivery points and remotely monitoring pressures at hundreds of locations across the company's system. "Our dedicated team members are prepared and ready to restore our natural gas system safely and effectively if a weather event impacts our area," added Singleton.

No two weather events are alike, and flooding can also have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety and other resources, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/weathersafety.

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 December 31, 2020, the company owned approximately $33 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2021-06-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy gears up for 2021 hurricane season

BYRAM, Miss – June 1, 2021 – Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan that reflects current public health guidelines. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service as safely and quickly as possible following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). CenterPoint Energy's employees, across all areas, are called upon to support the company­­'s EOP.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are prepared to respond to extreme weather events," said Christe Singleton, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President of Louisiana and Mississippi Gas Operations. "This hurricane season is predicted to be very active and we encourage our customers to have plans in place now."

CenterPoint Energy is prepared to continue to meet customers' natural gas demands across its eight-state service territory. Operations personnel are regularly checking and adjusting natural gas pressures at delivery points and remotely monitoring pressures at hundreds of locations across the company's system. "Our dedicated team members are prepared and ready to restore our natural gas system safely and effectively if a weather event impacts our area," added Singleton.

No two weather events are alike, and flooding can also have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety and other resources, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/weathersafety.

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 December 31, 2020, the company owned approximately $33 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

2021-06-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy launches Power Alert Service® in SW Indiana

Evansville – May 20, 2021 CenterPoint Energy today announced it has launched its Power Alert Service® (PAS) electric outage notification system to residential and commercial customers in the southwestern Indiana electric territory. The free, award-winning service automatically notifies customers via SMS text, email or phone call when a power outage or other power problem is detected at or near their address. During a power outage, PAS will notify a customer of the outage, identify an estimated time of restoration, send restoration progress updates, and notify the customer when power has been restored.

"The expansion of Power Alert Service to CenterPoint Energy's portfolio of offerings in the southwest Indiana electric service territory delivers on the company's commitment to offer new products to customers that add value to their lives," said Tony Gardner, Vice President of Customer Experience. "We strive to provide customers with the peace-of-mind of knowing when they experience a power outage, we are aware of the issue and working to restore service as quickly and safely as possible."

Customers can add family, friends and others to their PAS contact list so all who need to be informed of an outage will receive alerts and updates. Alerts can be programmed for up to five separate text (standard messaging rates apply), email and phone numbers for each registered account – a total of 15 points of contact per account.

Those CenterPoint Energy electric customers with active online accounts will automatically start receiving PAS alerts when they have an outage beginning this month. Customers without an online account can register at CenterPointEnergy.com/MyAccount and be automatically enrolled. Customers can modify PAS preferences and add additional contact information, at CenterPointEnergy.com/PAS. Customers can opt-out of Power Alert Service at any time.

PAS has proved successful in providing CenterPoint Energy's Houston-area electric customers with timely outage notifications since 2013. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/PAS. PAS is offered to our Indiana electric customers under the brand CenterPoint Energy by Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company d/b/a CenterPoint Energy Indiana South.

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 "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 expected performance and benefits of PAS, 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) general economic conditions; (2) the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions; (3) weather variations; (4) changes in business plans; and (5) other factors, risks and uncertainties discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2021-05-20T05:00:00Z
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