CenterPoint Energy earns six Edison Electric Institute 2020 Emergency Response Awards

Houston – Jan. 14, 2021 – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today announced CenterPoint Energy as a recipient of six EEI's Emergency Response Awards, for the company's work following hurricanes Delta, Hannah, Isaias, Laura, Sally and Zeta. Presented to EEI member companies, Emergency Response Awards recognize recovery and assistance efforts of electric companies following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI's virtual Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting.

"These awards reflect CenterPoint Energy's commitment to always being there for communities in need. In 2020, 800 mutual assistance employees, contractors and support personnel helped restore power to customers in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York and Texas," said Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy's Executive Vice President, Electric Utility.

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. Coming to the aid of other utilities is nothing new to CenterPoint Energy employees. Over the years, crews have responded and restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who have been left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

"Over the past year, many of our nation's electric companies and their customers have endured historic storms and wildfires and other significant weather-related events," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Working around the clock to restore power safely and quickly to customers and deploying mutual assistance crews to support impacted companies are hallmarks of the electric power industry. When disasters strike, impacted and neighboring electric companies are quick to assess damage and to respond and assist with restoration.

"I congratulate and applaud CenterPoint Energy for demonstrating continued commitment to the customers and to the communities it serves. In the midst of a global pandemic and often in the most hazardous of conditions, CenterPoint Energy and its frontline employees worked around-the-clock to restore service safely and quickly. CenterPoint Energy is exceptionally deserving of this prestigious award."

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 September 30, 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 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

About Edison Electric Institute

EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI's members provide electricity for more than 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to its U.S. members, EEI has more than 65 international electric companies, with operations in more than 90 countries, as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.

2021-01-14T06:00:00Z
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/corporate/about-us/news/CenterPoint Energy Announces Two Senior Finance Leadership Appointments
CenterPoint Energy Announces Two Senior Finance Leadership Appointments

HOUSTON, Jan. 8, 2021 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced two senior Finance leadership appointments that will further strengthen its management team and position the company for execution of its new long-term growth strategy.

"As we position ourselves to become a premium valued utility while supporting a transition to a cleaner energy future, central to our company's future growth will be a proven, experienced leadership team and energized, dedicated employees," said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jason Wells. "These senior Finance leadership appointments will be critical to our commitment to maximize the advantages of our growth for our customers, shareholders and communities."

Stacey Peterson named Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Treasurer

Stacey Peterson has been named Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Treasurer, effective Jan. 11. Peterson will lead the company's financial planning and analysis, investing activities, balance sheet and capital markets strategy, cash management, bank relationships, benefit plan administration, and compliance reporting. She will be responsible for managing financial risk as it relates to CenterPoint Energy's annual interest expense, debt, the company's commercial paper program, and revolving credit facilities. Peterson will report to Wells.

"Stacey joins CenterPoint Energy's leadership team with a proven track record in the energy industry, finance and capital markets. She will be an ideal fit for our company as we execute on our new long-term growth strategy," said Wells. "Under Stacey's leadership, our Financial Planning and Treasury organizations will play a critical role in our five-year $16 billion-plus capital investment plan, which will drive organic growth opportunities in our utility businesses, as well as the reliability and resiliency of our existing infrastructure to better serve our customers."

Peterson said, "With its new long-term growth strategy recently launched, it is a unique and important time in the long, proud history of CenterPoint Energy. I am excited to join this exceptional team and, together, execute the strategy to position CenterPoint Energy for an outstanding future."

Peterson has held roles of increasing responsibility over her 20-year career. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations at Talen Energy, one of the largest privately owned independent power generation infrastructure companies in North America. Prior to this role, Peterson spent 11 years at Calpine, a power generator with more than 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in 16 states and Canada, wholesale power operations and retail electricity businesses. Following leadership roles in Structuring, Financial and Strategic Analysis, and Power Trading, Peterson served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2013 to 2018.

Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Philip Holder named Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Investor Relations

Philip Holder has been named Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Investor Relations, effective Jan. 25. Holder will lead CenterPoint Energy's corporate strategy, investment analyses, and business and corporate development activities in support of the company's long-term growth strategy. In addition, he will be responsible for the company's Investor Relations function and its relationships with shareholders, sell-side analysts and potential investors. Holder will report to Wells.

"Under Phil's leadership, our Strategic Planning and Investor Relations organizations will be instrumental as we grow our utility businesses and identify additional investment opportunities during and beyond the current five-year planning window," said Wells. "Phil's background, experience and relationships, particularly in the utility industry, will be valuable assets as we continue to strengthen the financial community's trust in CenterPoint Energy through execution and clear communications on our progress, including our efforts to further enhance our growth, positioning and value proposition."

Holder said, "I believe CenterPoint Energy has a clear and unmistakable path to becoming a premium valued utility, achieving top-tier operational excellence, and realizing outstanding organic growth opportunities. I look forward to being a part of this great company and working alongside a talented team to deliver on the strategy."

Holder has held roles of increasing responsibility over his 15-year career. Most recently, he served as Managing Director, Energy, Power & Renewables Investment Banking at Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm. In this capacity, Holder led Guggenheim's relationship with the State of California, including advising Governor Gavin Newsom on the PG&E Bankruptcy and the creation of the California State Wildfire Fund. Prior to this role, Holder spent eight years at Citigroup where he served as Director, Power & Utilities Investment Banking. He led strategic and M&A advisory assignments for several utility and energy holding companies, including AES, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Energy Future Holdings, InfraREIT, Iberdrola, PG&E, Southern Company and Vistra Energy.

Holder earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University in Atlanta.

The company also announced the departures of Vice President & Treasurer Robert McRae and Director of Investor Relations David Mordy from CenterPoint Energy to pursue other career opportunities.

Wells said, "I want to take this opportunity to thank Robert and Dave for their many contributions to CenterPoint Energy and wish them every success in their future endeavors."

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 September 30, 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 9,600 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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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," "plan," "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 identification and execution of business strategies, opportunities and initiatives, value creation, capital investment plan, future financial performance and strength, 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, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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2021-01-08T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy and National Energy Foundation launch secondary and vocational school safety training

Evansville, Ind. – Dec. 17, 2020 – Beginning this month, CenterPoint Energy, in collaboration with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), will launch a new energy safety education program for secondary, vocational and college students providing relevant on-the-job safety education in Indiana. The Energy Safe Skills program will teach future job site workers how to be safe and protect the communities where they will work.

Energy Safe Skills is a safety education program geared toward vocational instructors and students studying for fields in construction, maintenance and related areas. This program provides essential safety information that everyone working on a job site or involved in job site activities needs to know about the hazards of working around buried natural gas pipelines and other utilities.

"The goal of this program is to provide utility safety education to those individuals who are on the cusp of joining the construction, engineering and maintenance industries. Understanding how to safely design, plan and work around buried utilities is critical to students' personal safety on the job and their success in their future careers," said Ashley Babcock, Director of Damage Prevention and Public Awareness at CenterPoint Energy.

Publicly accessible through EnergySafeSkills.org, this no-cost training provides instructors an interactive presentation, student quiz and supplementary STEM-based activities that can be completed within one or two classroom sessions. The curriculum covers characteristics of natural gas, natural gas leak recognition and response, the importance of contacting 811 and safe digging best practices.

"The biggest benefit of this program for teachers is that the interactive presentation and quiz are self-guided, which makes it easy to incorporate into a lesson plan regardless of the instructor's comfort level and understanding of the topics," said Kelly Flowers, Senior Program Director at NEF. "We've designed this training so the instructors can simply play the self-guided training to their students or they can be more active in leading the discussion."

While the training is publicly available regardless of an educator's location, some of the training content, specifically information about Indiana's safe dig laws, is only applicable to Indiana. For more information about the Energy Safe Skills program, interested educators can visit EnergySafeSkills.org.

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 September 30, 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 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

About the National Energy Foundation

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing energy literacy through the development, distribution and implementation of educational programs and materials. These resources relate primarily to energy, natural resources, energy efficiency and energy safety. Information about NEF is available at nef1.org. For further information about the National Energy Foundation, members of the media may contact Kelly Flowers, National Energy Foundation, 801-327-9500 ext.118.

2020-12-18T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy seeks recovery following completion of 7-year natural gas pipeline modernization plan

Indianapolis, Ind. – Dec. 18, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy's Indiana-based gas utility, Indiana Gas Company, has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for recovery of investments made within its Indiana natural gas service territory.

The filing comes at the completion of the company's 7-year, $725 million gas modernization plan, which was filed in 2013 to comply with federal pipeline safety rules and continue the safe, reliable delivery of natural gas service to its 620,000 north central, central and southeastern Indiana customers. The gas system improvements resulted in upgrades to portions of CenterPoint Energy's 13,000-mile network of distribution mains and transmission pipelines serving north central, central and southeastern Indiana. The work primarily consisted of replacing bare steel and cast-iron distribution mains with new industry-grade plastic mains, as well as inspecting and upgrading natural gas transmission pipelines. This pipeline work has led to a 33% reduction in methane emissions since 2013. Since 2008, nearly 650 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the utility's territory.

Using 2013 state laws focused on federal mandates and natural gas infrastructure needs, Indiana utilities submit forward-looking capital investment plans to the IURC for review and cost recovery. The statutes provide utilities the ability for gradual investment recovery as modernization progress is made; otherwise defined as 80% of total capital expenditures and lessening the effect of a larger rate increase through traditional rate recovery. The balance of recovery must be sought through a traditional rate request at the end of the 7-year plan and is a requirement of the law. With the 2013 filing and the IURC's approval and regular review of that plan, the company seeks recovery of the remaining 20% of those investments.

"Through these infrastructure investments, CenterPoint Energy is committed to complying with federal mandates and continuing to safely and reliably deliver natural gas service to our customers," said Richard Leger, Vice President of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio. "While our natural gas customers may experience an increase to their bills, it will be the first time in 13 years we have pursued such recovery. As demonstrated by our commitment to expense management and continuing to offer natural gas as a cost-effective, reliable energy option due to low, stable natural gas commodity prices, we remain focused on maintaining affordability for our customers."

If the IURC approves the request, the average residential north central, central and southeastern Indiana gas customer could see an approximate increase of less than $3 per month. This represents the balance of costs not already recovered through the duration of the previous seven years and recovery of additional investments before and outside of the company's modernization plan related to public and system improvements required since 2006.      

Also requested within this filing is the continuation of natural gas energy efficiency programs through 2025 and the income-eligible universal service program, which provides additional gas bill reductions during the months of December through May for eligible Indiana customers.

"Since inception of the programs, customers have saved approximately 194 million therms of natural gas, or enough energy to heat 241,000 homes for a year, which also contributed to more than 1,139,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions saved," continued Leger. "Energy efficiency programs are another way we strive to give customers the opportunity to reduce their energy usage and therefore lower their bill, while also lowering emissions."

While taking into consideration the expected bill impact for these gas infrastructure investments, bills should remain substantially lower than they were subsequent to the company's last rate case filing due to considerably lower natural gas commodity costs. Should the current recovery request be approved, total annual bills will be approximately $350 lower than they were in 2008 when current rates were approved. As is the case with other gas utilities, the company does not profit from the cost of natural gas. The utility's portfolio approach to gas purchases on behalf of customers is simply passed through dollar for dollar.

The filing now begins a comprehensive review by the IURC which will take several months to complete and will include a public hearing as part of the regulatory process. Should the request be approved, new rates may go into effect during the fourth quarter of 2021.

CenterPoint Energy's gas territory covering north central, central and southeastern Indiana delivers natural gas to approximately 620,000 customers in portions of Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Wells and White counties.

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 future regulatory filings, actions and decisions, including the timing and impact of such actions and decisions, the expected impact of the proposed rate adjustments on customer bills, forecasted natural gas commodity prices and any associated fluctuations, emissions reductions 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, June 30, 2020 and September 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 September 30, 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 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2020-12-18T06:00:00Z
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/corporate/about-us/news/CenterPoint Energy declares regular common stock dividend of $0.1600, Series A Preferred Stock dividend of $30.6250 and Series B Preferred Stock dividend of $17.5000
CenterPoint Energy declares regular common stock dividend of $0.1600, Series A Preferred Stock dividend of $30.6250 and Series B Preferred Stock dividend of $17.5000

HOUSTON, Dec. 10, 2020 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: CNP) board of directors today declared dividends on shares of its common stock, Series A Perpetual Preferred Stock and Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock.

Common Stock Dividend

The company's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.1600 per share on the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock. The dividend will also be payable to holders of shares of Series C Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock which participate with the Common Stock on an as-converted basis. The dividend will be payable March 11, 2021 to holders of Common Stock and Series C Preferred Stock of record at the close of business on February 18, 2021.  This quarterly dividend represents a 6.7 percent increase from the previous quarterly dividend of $0.1500 and, if annualized, would equate to $0.64 per share.

Series A Preferred Stock Dividend

The company's board of directors declared a regular semiannual cash dividend of $30.6250 per share on the issued and outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock payable March 1, 2021 to holders of Series A Preferred Stock of record at the close of business on February 15, 2021.

Series B Preferred Stock Dividend

The company's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $17.5000 per share on the issued and outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock payable March 1, 2021 to holders of Series B Preferred Stock of record at the close of business on February 15, 2021. This equates to $0.8750 per depositary share (NYSE: CNPPRB), each of which represents a 1/20th interest in a share of the Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock.

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 September 30, 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 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 annualized dividends per share, 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.

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Media:
Communications
Media.Relations@CenterPointEnergy.com
Investors:
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Phone      713.207.6500

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2020-12-10T06:00:00Z
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/corporate/about-us/news/CenterPoint Energy announces outlook revision to Stable by Moody's
CenterPoint Energy announces outlook revision to Stable by Moody's

HOUSTON, Dec. 3, 2020 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP), today announced that Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") changed the company's rating outlook from Negative to Stable and affirmed the company's Baa2 senior unsecured rating and Prime–2 short–term rating for commercial paper.

"Moody's revision is an important vote of confidence in the credit-supportive actions we have taken as a company this year to improve our financial stability and strengthen our balance sheet," said Jason Wells, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CenterPoint Energy.  

Moody's attributed the change to corporate actions which stabilized credit metrics, improved liquidity, strengthened the balance sheet and lowered the company's business risk profile.

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 September 30, 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 9,600 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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Media.Relations@CenterPointEnergy.com
Investors:
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Phone 713.207.6500

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2020-12-03T06:00:00Z
Gov. Holcomb Announces State Equity Chief

​INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced Karrah A. Herring will serve as Indiana's first-ever chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer.

"My goal is to better build diversity and foster an inclusive environment within state government and the services we provide so every Hoosier can take full advantage of their gifts and potential," Gov. Holcomb said. "Karrah will guide every state agency with her impressive experience at one of our state's world-renowned universities."

In addition to naming Herring, the governor also announced that the CenterPoint Energy Foundation is supporting the state's diversity and inclusion programs and services.

"The CenterPoint Energy Foundation has stepped up with a financial contribution for this effort because they understand getting this right is important for the long-term quality of life and growth in this state," Gov. Holcomb said. "We are grateful for their focus on fostering more understanding, respect and trust in areas of diversity and inclusion."

Herring currently serves as the director of public affairs for the University of Notre Dame, where she has worked since 2011. From 2014 until 2018, she served on Notre Dame's Human Resource's Senior Leadership Team as director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. In this role, Herring provided oversight and support of the university's efforts to comply with federal and state civil rights laws related to policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Herring created Notre Dame's affirmative action plans, had oversight of employee disability compliance for the campus, and oversaw workplace investigations falling under Title VII and Title IX.

Herring earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Valparaiso University.

"I am honored to join Gov. Holcomb's administration and be named the state's first chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer," Herring said. "This is an incredible opportunity to drive cultural change across state government workplaces and essential state services by increasing equity and inclusion."

Gov. Holcomb announced the creation of the chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer during his August address to the state. The officer will focus on improving state government operations as well as drive systemic change to remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides. Herring will help agencies develop strategic plans to remove any barriers. As a member of the governor's cabinet, Herring will report directly to the governor.

Through its charitable foundation, CenterPoint Energy has been in discussions with the state since the announcement of the position in August to help understand how they may partner with the state of Indiana to enhance diversity and inclusion programs. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation, through its strategic giving areas, supports programs that serve under-resourced populations to help communities thrive.

Herring starts her new role on Feb. 1, 2021. A headshot is available to download here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/govholcomb/50620964243/in/dateposted/

2020-11-19T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy gains approval for made-in-Minnesota renewable natural gas

Minneapolis – Nov. 19, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) announced today it has received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to open its natural gas distribution system to made-in-Minnesota renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is produced by recycling biogas from organic materials such as agricultural manure, wastewater and commercial food waste.

Earlier this year, CenterPoint Energy submitted the proposal to allow Minnesota RNG suppliers to "interconnect" with its pipeline system. Suppliers would pay for the interconnection, with no cost to the utility's customers. CenterPoint Energy will require RNG suppliers to meet gas quality standards, including ongoing testing, to ensure that RNG entering the utility's system is interchangeable with conventional natural gas.

CenterPoint Energy is the state's largest natural gas utility, serving more than 870,000 customers in 260 communities.

The RNG proposal was supported by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which called the proposal "innovative" and said it "appreciates CenterPoint Energy's efforts to provide an opportunity for RNG producers and/or developers who are concerned about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or encouraging domestic energy use."

In addition, 20 different organizations and businesses, including prospective RNG producers and project developers, submitted comments to the Commission in support of the proposal. The Commission approved the proposal after adding several technical modifications and reporting requirements.

"Renewable Natural Gas is part of CenterPoint Energy's ongoing commitment to pursue innovative clean energy solutions," said Brad Tutunjian, Vice President of Minnesota Regional Operations. "We are already in discussions with potential RNG producers who are interested in the opportunity to work with us to build a Minnesota RNG industry that can help diversify our energy supply, improve waste management and boost the economy, especially in rural areas."

RNG has significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering a productive use for waste methane gas that might otherwise be released directly into the air and by replacing conventional fossil-fuel natural gas with a renewable resource. Depending on the source, RNG can even have a net negative carbon impact (taking more carbon out of the environment than it produces).

Interconnection with CenterPoint Energy's distribution system can promote Minnesota RNG production by making it easier for producers to sell their product to existing markets. Initially, Minnesota-made RNG is expected to pass through interstate pipelines for use in other states that offer financial incentives. But CenterPoint Energy ultimately hopes to make RNG available to its customers in Minnesota.

As part of its commitment to clean energy innovation, CenterPoint Energy has also proposed the bipartisan Natural Gas Innovation Act at the Minnesota Legislature. It would allow a natural gas utility to submit an alternative resource plan with the Public Utilities Commission to invest further in alternative fuels, such as RNG and renewable hydrogen, as well as new energy-efficiency and carbon-capture technologies to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions

While the Senate passed the legislation earlier this year by a 62-4 margin, the House did not take action before adjournment. The legislation will be re-introduced in 2021.

 

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 September 30, 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 9,600 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 the Company's commitment to carbon emission reductions and innovative clean energy solutions, its RNG program and the expected opportunities and benefits derived therefrom and proposed legislation regarding alternative fuels, 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, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

2020-11-19T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy Names Kenneth E. Coleman Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2020 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced that Kenneth E. Coleman has been named as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, effective Nov. 16. Coleman will lead the company's enterprise-wide information technology strategy, including the development, maintenance, use and security of CenterPoint Energy's computer systems, software and networks. He will report to Gregory Knight, Executive Vice President, Customer Transformation and Business Services.

"Kenny joins CenterPoint Energy's leadership team with a proven track record of building and leading world-class technology management and product development organizations, with a focus on origination of new projects and strategic planning for growth," said Knight. "Under Kenny's leadership, we will continue to leverage technology, data and analytics to support enterprise-wide business goals and drive innovative solutions for improving the customer experience and the company's business and workforce efficiency."

Coleman joins CenterPoint Energy following roles of increasing responsibility over more than 20 years at Southern Company and its subsidiaries, including serving as Senior Vice President and CIO where he led enterprise-wide IT. Most recently, Coleman served as President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) where he was responsible for developing collaborative efforts between the BBA and its community partners to lead economic growth for the seven-county Birmingham region.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of New Haven in New Haven, Conn., and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama.

Coleman has served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Midtown Alliance (Atlanta) and WorkSource DeKalb. He is a faculty member for the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program and has served on customer advisory councils for Oracle, Verizon and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Coleman is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF).

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 September 30, 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 9,600 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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Phone  713.207.6500

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2020-11-12T06:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy reports Q3 2020 earnings of $0.13 per diluted share; $0.34 diluted EPS on a guidance basis, with $0.29 diluted EPS from utility operations and $0.05 diluted EPS from midstream investments
  • Utilities led company with strong third quarter results
  • Raising 2020 Utility EPS guidance range to $1.12 - $1.20 and reiterating 5% - 7% Utility EPS guidance basis growth rate target
  • Third quarter 2020 GAAP results include after-tax non-cash impairment charges of $92 million or $0.15 per diluted share for the company's share of impairment charges recorded by Enable

Houston - Nov. 5, 2020 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported income available to common shareholders of $69 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to income available to common shareholders of $241 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. The third quarter 2020 results included after-tax non-cash impairment charges of $92 million or $0.15 per diluted share for the company's share of impairment charges recorded by Enable Midstream Partners, LP ("Enable").

On a guidance basis, third quarter 2020 earnings were $0.34 per diluted share, with $0.29 per diluted share from utility operations, and $0.05 per diluted share from midstream investments, excluding non-cash impairment charges. Third quarter 2019 earnings, on a guidance basis, were $0.47 per diluted share, with $0.39 per diluted share from utility operations and $0.08 per diluted share from midstream investments. See "Reconciliation of Consolidated income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted earnings (loss) per share (GAAP) to guidance basis income and guidance basis diluted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)" and "Earnings Outlook and Non-GAAP Considerations" below.

"Our strong third quarter results confirm our commitment to delivering value for our customers and shareholders," said Dave Lesar, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Given the strength of our results, we are raising our 2020 guidance basis Utility EPS range to $1.12 - $1.20."

Lesar added, "We also recently concluded the work of the Business Review and Evaluation Committee of the Board. We are eager to share our strategy and invite investors to join management for a virtual Investor Day on December 7, 2020."

"During our Investor Day, we will highlight our updated long-term annual rate base growth projection of approximately 10%. This rate base growth is central to our strategy to deliver consistent year-over-year earnings growth to investors and improve service to our customers. The projected additional capital expenditures driving this 10% annual rate base growth not only put us in a position to reiterate our 5% - 7% five-year guidance basis Utility EPS annual growth target, but gives us confidence in being able to deliver results at the top end of that range. I remain greatly energized about CenterPoint Energy's future and will continue to work tirelessly to drive maximum value for all of our stakeholders."

Earnings Outlook and Non-GAAP Considerations

To provide greater transparency on utility earnings, 2020 guidance will be presented in two components, a guidance basis Utility EPS range and a Midstream Investments EPS expected range.

In addition to presenting its financial results in accordance with GAAP, including presentation of income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted earnings (loss) per share, CenterPoint Energy provides guidance based on guidance basis income and guidance basis diluted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures.  Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Management evaluates CenterPoint Energy's financial performance in part based on guidance basis earnings per share. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures enhances an investor's understanding of CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance, including the impact of its Enable investment, by providing them with an additional meaningful and relevant comparison of current and anticipated future results across periods. The adjustments made in these non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that Management believes do not most accurately reflect the company's fundamental business performance. These excluded items are reflected in the reconciliation tables of this news release, where applicable. CenterPoint Energy's guidance basis income and guidance basis diluted earnings per share non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, income available to common shareholders and diluted earnings per share, which respectively are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures also may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

(1) Utility EPS Guidance Range

  • The Utility EPS guidance range includes net income from Houston Electric, Indiana Electric and Natural Gas Distribution segments, as well as after tax Corporate and Other operating income.
  • The 2020 Utility EPS guidance range reflects dilution and earnings as if the Series C preferred stock were issued as common stock.
  • The Utility EPS guidance excludes:
    • Earnings or losses from the change in value of ZENS and related securities
    • Certain expenses associated with merger integration and Business Review and Evaluation Committee activities
    • Severance costs
    • Results related to Infrastructure Services and Energy Services, including costs and impairment resulting from the sale of those businesses
    • Midstream Investments and allocation of associated corporate overhead

In providing this guidance, CenterPoint Energy does not consider the items noted above and other potential impacts such as changes in accounting standards, impairments or other unusual items, which could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the applicable guidance period. The 2020 Utility EPS guidance range also considers operations performance to date and assumptions for certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as customer growth (above 2% for electric operations and 1% for natural gas distribution) and usage including normal weather, throughput, recovery of capital invested, effective tax rates, financing activities and related interest rates, regulatory and judicial proceedings, and anticipated cost savings as a result of the merger. In addition, the Utility EPS guidance range incorporates a full-year COVID-19 scenario range of $0.10 - $0.15 which assumes reduced demand levels and miscellaneous revenues with the second quarter as the peak and reflects anticipated deferral and recovery of certain incremental expenses, including bad debt. The COVID-19 scenario range also assumes a gradual re-opening of the economy in CenterPoint Energy's service territories, with anticipated reduced demand and lower miscellaneous revenues over the remainder of 2020. The 2020 Utility EPS guidance range also assumes an allocation of corporate overhead based upon its relative earnings contribution. Corporate overhead consists of interest expense, preferred stock dividend requirements, income on Enable preferred units and other items directly attributable to the parent along with the associated income taxes. CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking guidance basis diluted earnings per share because changes in the value of ZENS and related securities, future impairments, and other unusual items are not estimable and are difficult to predict due to various factors outside of management's control.

(2) Midstream Investments EPS Expected Range

The 2020 Midstream Investments EPS expected range is $0.15 - $0.18. In providing this EPS expected range for Midstream Investments, CenterPoint Energy assumes a 53.7 percent ownership of Enable's common units and includes the amortization of its basis differential in Enable and assumes an allocation of its corporate overhead based upon Midstream Investments relative earnings contribution. The Midstream Investments EPS expected range reflects dilution and earnings as if CenterPoint Energy's Series C preferred stock were issued as common stock. The Midstream Investments EPS expected range takes into account such factors as Enable's most recent public outlook for 2020 dated November 4, 2020, and effective tax rates. In providing this 2020 guidance, CenterPoint Energy uses a non-GAAP measure of guidance basis diluted earnings per share that does not consider other potential impacts such as changes in accounting standards, impairments or Enable's unusual items, which could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the applicable guidance period.  CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward looking guidance basis diluted earnings per share because changes in Enable's outlook, future impairments related to Midstream Investments or Enable's unusual items are not estimable and are difficult to predict due to various factors outside of CenterPoint Energy management's control.

Filing of Form 10-Q for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. A copy of that report is available on the company's website, under the Investors section. Investors and others should note that we may announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts, and the Investor Relations page of our website.  In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the company and to communicate important information about the company, key personnel, corporate initiatives, regulatory updates and other matters.  Information that we post on our website could be deemed material; therefore we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our company to review the information we post on our website.

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy's management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. Central time/8:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call on the company's website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website for at least one year.

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 September 30, 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 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release includes, and the earnings conference call will include, 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 or on the earnings conference call regarding capital investments, rate base growth and our ability to achieve it, future earnings and guidance, including long-term growth rate, and future financial performance and results of operations, including, but not limited to the impact of COVID-19, including with respect to regulatory actions and the COVID-19 scenario range discussed in this news release, the Business Review and Evaluation Committee's review process and outcomes, value creation, opportunities and expectations and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release or discussed on the earnings conference call speaks only as of the date of this release or the earnings conference call.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the performance of Enable, the amount of cash distributions CenterPoint Energy receives from Enable, and the value of CenterPoint Energy's interest in Enable;

(2) CenterPoint Energy's expected benefits of the merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren) and integration, including the ability to successfully integrate the Vectren businesses and to realize anticipated benefits and commercial opportunities;

(3) financial market and general economic conditions, including access to debt and equity capital and the effect on sales, prices and costs; (4) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint Energy's service territories and changes in market demand; (5) actions by credit rating agencies, including any potential downgrades to credit ratings; (6) the timing and impact of future regulatory and legal proceedings; (7) legislative decisions, including tax and developments related to the environment such as global climate change, air emissions, carbon, waste water discharges and the handling of coal combustion residuals, among others, and CenterPoint Energy's carbon reduction targets; (8) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; (9) the recording of impairment charges, including any impairments related to CenterPoint Energy's investment in Enable; (10) weather variations and CenterPoint Energy's ability to mitigate weather impacts; (11) changes in business plans; (12) CenterPoint Energy's ability to fund and invest planned capital, including timely and appropriate rate actions that allow recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment; (13) CenterPoint Energy's or Enable's potential business strategies and strategic initiatives, including the recommendations and outcomes of the Business Review and Evaluation Committee, restructurings, joint ventures and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, which may not be completed or result in the benefits anticipated by CenterPoint Energy or Enable; (14) CenterPoint Energy's ability to execute operations and maintenance management initiatives; and (15) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, including in the "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information" sections of such reports, and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

2020-11-05T06:00:00Z
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