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CenterPoint Energy awards nearly $230,000 in grants to communities to fund safety-related projects

Houston – June 13, 2024 – This year, CenterPoint Energy's Community Safety Grant program awarded more than 90 grants totaling nearly $230,000 in Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas to fund safety-related equipment and projects in local communities.​​

“At CenterPoint Energy, safety is one of our core values and influences every decision we make as we provide safe and reliable energy solutions for the customers and communities we're honored to serve," said June Deadrick, Vice President, Community Relations at CenterPoint Energy. “Through our Community Safety Grant Program, we support the work our emergency responders, local officials and many others do to help support the health and safety of our customers across our local communities."

CenterPoint awards grants of up to $2,500 through this program to support local communities in filling funding gaps that may exist in acquiring safety materials. Each community that CenterPoint serves can submit a grant application with information on a safety-related problem, issue or need in the community and how a Community Safety Grant could address those needs.  

Since launching the program in 2003, CenterPoint Energy has funded more than 1,600 safety-related projects and awarded over $3.25 million in grants to communities throughout the company's six-state footprint for their safety initiatives. These grants have enabled communities to install public AEDs (automated external defibrillators), update emergency communication equipment, purchase personal protective equipment for first responders, install traffic control signs, purchase gas monitoring devices and many other projects. 

To learn more about how CenterPoint is supporting the communities it serves, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community


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CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to plan ahead as hurricane season begins

​​Houston June 7, 2024 – As the Houston area and surrounding communities enter the 2024 hurricane season, CenterPoint Energy is reminding all customers – especially those who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment – to have an emergency plan in place in the event of severe weather. With the May 16 derecho bringing an early start to the severe weather season, safety and storm preparedness remain top-of-mind for the company's workforce. ​

“Last month's sudden, destructive storms and the trail of significant damages left in their wake reinforced the importance of always being prepared," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “2024 is expected to be a very active hurricane season, and history has shown time and again that the path and intensity of these storms can be highly unpredictable."

The 2024 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predictions forecast a range of 17 to 25 named storms. According to NOAA, 8 to 13 of the predicted named storms are forecasted to become hurricanes with winds 74 mph or higher, including four to seven major hurricanes with winds 111 mph or higher.

Customers should develop an emergency plan and assemble a hurricane preparedness kit that includes essential items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, any necessary medications, a battery-powered radio and a portable charger for mobile devices. The company also encourages customers to enroll in CenterPoint's Power Alert Service® to receive outage details, estimated restoration time and community-wide restoration updates.

“CenterPoint wants to assure our customers that we are prepared for the 2024 hurricane season," Wilson said. “We understand and take seriously the fact that severe weather will cause outages that impact our customers' lives. That is why we will be ready to deploy the resources necessary to restore service as safely and quickly as possible."

If electricity is a necessity, customers or their caregivers should make other arrangements for on-site back-up capabilities or alternatives in the event of an outage. CenterPoint encourages customers who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment to ask their doctor to submit an application for critical care customer status to the utility for their area.

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 CATEGORYWIND
SPEED
TYPE OF DAMAGE
AND ESTIMATED OUTAGE*
CATEGORY 1Winds
 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

In the event of a severe weather event, remember:

  • Sign up for CenterPoint Energy's Power Alert Service® at CenterPointEnergy.com/PowerAlertService.
  • Stay informed of weather conditions and warnings or advisories issued by local authorities by paying close attention to announcements from local news outlets for important information regarding ongoing conditions and recovery efforts.
  • If you experience an electric outage, do not open freezers and refrigerators any more than necessary, as opening these appliances will allow food to thaw more quickly.
    • Only use a portable generator in a well-ventilated area and never run it inside or in a garage to avoid carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
    • Never connect a portable electric generator directly to your building's electrical system during a power outage; electricity could backfeed into the power lines and potentially endanger utility workers.
    • Do not turn off your natural gas at the meter; your natural gas meter should be left on to maintain proper pressure in the natural gas piping within the house and to prevent water from entering the lines should flooding occur.
    • If you wish to discontinue natural gas service, the natural gas can be turned off at each appliance. Later, to restore natural gas service to an appliance, you may follow the written instructions located on the appliance for re-lighting. If you are unable to locate the instructions or don't feel comfortable re-lighting, call a qualified plumber/technician.
    • Have your weatherhead, which connects the overhead power line to your home or business, checked for damage. Any weatherhead problems will need to be repaired by a licensed electrician prior to service being restored.

During post-storm recovery and restoration efforts, remember:

  • Stay away from low-hanging, downed power lines or lines that could be submerged in standing water. Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized. Report any low-hanging or downed power lines to CenterPoint Energy by calling 713-207-2222.
  • Water poses a potential electric safety threat because it's a good conductor – always be careful not to touch water, or anything in contact with it, near a downed power line.
  • Any amount of water, including a puddle, can become energized. If you see a downed power line near water, retreat to a safe distance, then call CenterPoint Energy immediately at 713-207-2222 to report it.
  • Flood waters can be hazardous. Always use extreme care when stepping into flooded areas. Submerged outlets or electrical cords can energize water, even from a distance.
  • If your home was flooded, call a licensed plumber or a natural gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances prior to requesting a service reconnection.
  • Boats or other vehicles being used in high water can expose you to danger from power lines at their normal height. Be aware and stay away.
  • If water has risen above the electrical outlets, contact a licensed electrician before turning on the main circuit breaker.
  • If you smell natural gas — which has a distinctive, strong odor, often compared to rotten eggs or sulfur — leave the area immediately on foot, and tell others to leave, too. Do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator. Once safely away from the area, call 911 and CenterPoint Energy, and we will send a trained service technician immediately.
  • While conducting clean-up, call 811 to locate utility lines prior to digging on your property.
  • Be cautious around work crews and give them plenty of room to safely assess damage and make repairs.

For additional information and resources on hurricane preparedness, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter and follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.  

2024-06-07T05:00:00Z
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CenterPoint Energy declares regular Common Stock dividend of $0.2000

HOUSTON, April 26, 2024 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: CNP) Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2000 per share on the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock payable on June 13, 2024 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 16, 2024.

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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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2024, the company owned approximately $40 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

For more information contact
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Investors:
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CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to plan ahead during Hurricane Preparedness Week

Houston May 7, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy is supporting Houston and surrounding communities as they gear up for severe weather this National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5 to 11.

With the start of hurricane season less than a month away, CenterPoint Energy urges customers to have an emergency plan — especially if they depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment. By taking proactive measures to prepare for extreme weather events, customers can stay safe, minimize risks and navigate the season with resilience and readiness.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

  • Create a hurricane preparedness kit that includes essential items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit and any necessary medications. Don't forget to have a battery-powered radio and a portable charger for your mobile devices.
  • Develop an emergency plan and discuss it with all household members. Designate a safe meeting place, communicate evacuation routes and make sure everyone understands the plan.
  • Stay informed of weather conditions and warnings or advisories issued by local authorities by paying close attention to announcements from local news outlets for important information regarding ongoing conditions and recovery efforts. Sign up for CenterPoint Energy's Power Alert Service at CenterPointEnergy.com/PowerAlertService and check CenterPointEnergy.com/OutageTracker for outage updates.

In the event of a severe weather event, remember:

  • If you experience an electric outage, do not open freezers and refrigerators any more than necessary, as opening these appliances will allow food to thaw more quickly.
    • Only use a portable generator in a well-ventilated area and never run it inside or in a garage to avoid carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
    • Never connect a portable electric generator directly to your building's electrical system during a power outage; electricity could backfeed into the power lines and potentially endanger CenterPoint Energy workers.
    • Do not turn off your natural gas at the meter; your natural gas meter should be left on to maintain proper pressure in the natural gas piping within the house and to prevent water from entering the lines should flooding occur.
    • If you wish to discontinue natural gas service, the natural gas can be turned off at each appliance. Later, to restore natural gas service to an appliance, you may follow the written instructions located on the appliance for re-lighting. If you are unable to locate the instructions or don't feel comfortable re-lighting, call a qualified plumber/technician.
    • Check your weatherhead, which connects the overhead power line to your home or business. Any weatherhead problems will need to be repaired by an electrician prior to service being restored.

During post-storm recovery and restoration efforts, remember:

  • Stay away from low-hanging, downed power lines or lines that could be submerged in standing water. Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized. Report any low-hanging or downed power lines to CenterPoint Energy by calling 713-207-2222.
  • Water poses a potential electric safety threat because it's a good conductor – always be careful not to touch water, or anything in contact with it, near a downed power line.
  • Any amount of water, including a puddle, can become energized. If you see a downed power line near water, retreat to a safe distance, then call CenterPoint Energy immediately at 713-207-2222 to report it.
  • Flood waters can be hazardous. Always use extreme care when stepping into flooded areas. Submerged outlets or electrical cords can energize water, even from a distance.
  • Boats or other vehicles being used in high water can expose you to danger from power lines at their normal height. Be aware and stay away.
  • If water has risen above the electrical outlets, contact a licensed electrician before turning on the main circuit breaker.
  • If you smell natural gas — which has a distinctive, strong odor, often compared to rotten eggs or sulfur — leave the area immediately on foot, and tell others to leave, too. Do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator. Once safely away from the area, call 911 and CenterPoint Energy, and we will send a trained service technician immediately.
  • If your home was flooded, call a licensed plumber or a natural gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances prior to requesting a service reconnection.
  • While conducting clean-up, call 811 to locate utility lines prior to digging on your property.
  • Be cautious around work crews and give them plenty of room to safely assess damage and make repairs.

For additional information and resources on hurricane preparedness, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter and follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.

 

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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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2024, the company owned approximately $40 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 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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CenterPoint Energy invests nearly $90 million in Indiana for safe and reliable natural gas delivery

Indianapolis, Ind. – June 4, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy is continuing its multi-year effort to replace aging bare steel and cast-iron natural gas pipelines throughout Indiana. This year, the utility will invest nearly $90 million in its Indiana North natural gas territory with crews retiring nearly 120 miles of pipeline.

“Bare steel and cast-iron pipes can be susceptible to performance issues," said Ashley Babcock, Vice President of Gas Operations, Indiana and Ohio. “This aging infrastructure will be replaced with new industry-grade pipes that meet all current industry and federal requirements. Ongoing investments in our natural gas system remain a top priority. We are committed to maintaining a safe, reliable system to deliver dependable natural gas to Indiana homes and businesses." 

The replacement of natural gas mains under streets and sidewalks will be prioritized, followed by service lines that run directly to homes and businesses. Affected sidewalks, yards and streets will be restored as weather conditions allow. Timelines for each project will vary based on the scope of the project, weather and soil conditions. Crews will work as safely and quickly as possible to minimize impact on customers and surrounding areas. 

Customers are urged to keep a safe distance away from any work sites. Additionally, if you smell the "rotten egg" odor of natural gas, avoid anything that could spark a flame and immediately leave on foot to a safe location.  Once at a safe location, call both 911 and CenterPoint Energy at 800-227-1376. 

CenterPoint Energy will be completing work in Albany, Alexandria, Anderson, Arcadia, Carmel, Chesterfield, Dunkirk, Eaton, Elwood, Farmland, Fishers, Gaston, Hartford City, Ingalls, Marion, Markle, Markleville, Mt. Summit, Muncie, New Castle, Noblesville, Pendleton, Redkey, Richmond, Sheridan, Shideler, Yorktown, Brownsburg, Cloverdale, Covington, Lafayette, Lebanon, Zionsville, Bedford, Bloomington, Columbus, Franklin, Greenwood, Harrodsburg, Mitchell and Seymour.

For an interactive map of current projects and more information about CenterPoint Energy's gas infrastructure modernization program, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/PipelineReplacement

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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2024, the company owned approximately $40 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 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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CenterPoint Energy enhances natural gas delivery system in southwestern Indiana

Evansville, Ind. – June 4, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy is continuing its multi-year effort to replace aging bare steel and cast-iron natural gas pipelines throughout southwestern Indiana. For more than 16 years, the utility has invested in its southwestern Indiana natural gas infrastructure to maintain safe delivery and further contribute to reducing operational emissions.

“Bare steel and cast-iron pipes can be susceptible to performance issues," said Ashley Babcock, Vice President of Gas Operations, Indiana and Ohio. “This aging infrastructure will be replaced with new industry-grade pipes that meet all current industry and federal requirements. Ongoing investments in our natural gas system remain a top priority. We are committed to maintaining a safe, reliable system to deliver dependable natural gas to Indiana homes and businesses." 

The replacement of natural gas mains under streets and sidewalks will be prioritized, followed by service lines that run directly to homes and businesses. Affected sidewalks, yards and streets will be restored as weather conditions allow. Timelines for each project will vary based on the scope of the project and weather and soil conditions. Crews will work as safely and quickly as possible to minimize impact on customers and surrounding areas. 

Customers are urged to keep a safe distance away from any work sites. Additionally, if you smell the "rotten egg" odor of natural gas, avoid anything that could spark a flame and immediately leave on foot to a safe location.  Once at a safe location, call both 911 and CenterPoint Energy at 800-227-1376. 

With only one year remaining in the bare-steel cast iron replacement program, investments over the past 16 years have totaled more than $186 million, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system.

CenterPoint Energy will be completing work in Boonville, Evansville, Fort Branch, Francisco, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Oakland City, Princeton, Vincennes and Washington.

For an interactive map of current projects and more information about CenterPoint Energy's gas infrastructure modernization program, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/PipelineReplacement

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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2024, the company owned approximately $40 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 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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CenterPoint Energy invests more than $70 million in Ohio for safe and reliable natural gas delivery

Dayton, Ohio – June 4, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy is continuing its multi-year effort to replace aging bare steel and cast-iron natural gas pipelines throughout west-central Ohio. This year, CenterPoint is investing more than $70 million in Ohio communities where crews will be retiring nearly 90 miles of pipeline.

“Bare steel and cast-iron pipes can be susceptible to performance issues," said Ashley Babcock, Vice President of Gas Operations, Indiana and Ohio. “This aging infrastructure will be replaced with new industry-grade pipes that meet all current industry and federal requirements. Ongoing investments in our natural gas system remain a top priority. We are committed to maintaining a safe, reliable system to deliver dependable natural gas to Ohio homes and businesses."

The replacement of natural gas mains under streets and sidewalks will be prioritized, followed by service lines that run directly to homes and businesses. Affected sidewalks, yards and streets will be restored as weather conditions allow. Timelines for each project will vary based on the scope of the project, weather and soil conditions. Crews will work as safely and quickly as possible to minimize impact on customers and surrounding areas. 

Customers are urged to keep a safe distance away from any work sites. Additionally, if you smell the "rotten egg" odor of natural gas, avoid anything that could spark a flame and immediately leave on foot to a safe location.  Once at a safe location, call both 911 and CenterPoint Energy at 800-227-1376. 

Since 2009, approximately 760 miles of natural gas pipeline have been replaced in Ohio, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system.

CenterPoint will be completing work in Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Bloomingburg, Bradford, Brookville, Centerville, Covington, Dayton, Eaton, Fairborn, Greenville, Kettering, Minster, Piqua, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, Sidney, Troy, Washington Court House, Wilmington and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as Xenia.

For an interactive map of current projects and more information about CenterPoint Energy's gas infrastructure modernization program, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/PipelineReplacement.

About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
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CenterPoint Energy continues progress on customer restorations

​​Houston May 29, 2024 — As of 6:15 p.m. CT, CenterPoint Energy has restored more than 305,000 customers following the severe weather and hurricane-strength winds that impacted the Greater Houston area on May 28. The company remains on track with its efforts to restore the majority of customers without power today, with some isolated outages in certain areas expected to extend into tomorrow. CenterPoint anticipates these remaining customer outages will be restored by the end of the day on Thursday. 

With the potential for severe weather continuing through the week and into the weekend, CenterPoint's customer outage count may fluctuate. As additional outages occur, they will be addressed along with ongoing restoration work. CenterPoint crews will continue their work, as it is safe to do so, following any additional storms. Customers registered for Power Alert Service® will continue to receive restoration updates as they become available. 

“We have made a lot of progress safely restoring service to our impacted customers since Tuesday afternoon, but our work is not done until every last customer has their lights and air conditioning back on," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “With hurricane season beginning in just a few days on June 1, the devastating storms on May 16 and May 28 are important reminders about the significance of making plans and preparing now, should extended power outages occur. This is especially critical for customers who rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment."

In addition to damaging CenterPoint's electric infrastructure and equipment, severe weather may have caused damage to customer-owned equipment. Customers should check their weatherhead, the point where power enters the home through an electric service drop, which is often a pipe located on the side of the residence or building. If the equipment is damaged, customers will need to contact a qualified electrician to make repairs before the company is able to restore service to them.

Wilson added, “The Greater Houston area has been hit with an incredible amount of severe weather activity in the last couple of weeks, and we recognize the burden of being without power has not been easy for those impacted customers. We thank them for their patience as the CenterPoint team wraps up restoration efforts from Tuesday's storm."

CenterPoint urges customers to always stay at least 35 feet away from downed power lines and damaged electric utility equipment. Treat all downed and damaged equipment as energized and report them to the company at 713-207-2222.

For the latest information on power outages, customers are encouraged to:

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CenterPoint Energy crews work to restore service

​Houston May 29, 2024 — Following another round of severe weather and hurricane-like winds that impacted its Greater Houston service territory on Tuesday, May 28, CenterPoint Energy's crews continue to work around-the-clock to safely and quickly repair damage to its electrical system and restore service. As of 11:30 a.m. CT, approximately 30,000 customers were without power. The majority of customers without power as a result of Tuesday's storm are expected to be restored by the end of the day today. The company expects some isolated outages in certain areas to extend through tomorrow. These customer outages should be restored by the end of the day on Thursday, May 30.

“We understand how difficult it is to be without electricity, especially for those customers who were impacted by the May 16 derecho that devastated our area," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “Mother Nature may have hit us with a one-two punch within two weeks' time, but our crews are focused, committed and will continue working until every customer has power back on."

In the less than 24 hours since the damaging storm hit yesterday afternoon, CenterPoint has restored service to more than 295,000 customers who had lost power. The majority of damage encountered has been attributed to trees. In addition to the CenterPoint resources that have been deployed, additional lineworkers and vegetation management professionals are providing mutual assistance support.

With the potential for severe weather continuing through the week, it is likely the outage count will fluctuate. As additional outages occur, these will be addressed along with ongoing restoration work. Keeping safety top-of-mind, CenterPoint crews will continue their work, as it is safe to do so, following any additional storms. Customers registered for Power Alert Service® will continue to receive restoration updates as they become available.

In addition to damaging CenterPoint's electric infrastructure and equipment, severe weather may have caused damage to customer-owned equipment. Customers should check their weatherhead, the point where power enters the home through an electric service drop, which is often a pipe located on the side of the residence or building. If the equipment is damaged, customers will need to contact a qualified electrician to make repairs before the company is able to restore service to them.

CenterPoint urges customers to always stay at least 35 feet away from downed power lines and damaged electric utility equipment. Treat all downed and damaged equipment as energized and report them to the company at 713-207-2222.

For the latest information on power outages, customers are encouraged to:

Please note: Restoration times may be delayed as crews continue to assess damage.


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CenterPoint Energy provides update on power restoration efforts following this afternoon’s severe thunderstorm

​Houston May 28, 2024 — CenterPoint Energy is currently assessing damage to its infrastructure following this afternoon's severe thunderstorm that caused flooding and wind gusts of up to 75 mph – consistent with Category 1 hurricane winds – across the Houston area. Crews have begun efforts to restore power to affected customers as safely and quickly as possible.

Damage from the severe weather resulted in electric service interruptions peaking at approximately 325,000 customers. As of 7:30 p.m. CT, approximately 120,000 customers are without power. As damage assessments are completed and restoration continues, CenterPoint will provide additional updates.  

CenterPoint recognizes that the Houston area is still recovering from the May 16 severe weather event, and some who were without power due to that storm might be out again because of today's weather. In addition to CenterPoint resources that have already been deployed, additional lineworkers and vegetation management professionals have been requested for mutual assistance support.  

Those customers who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment (such as chronic condition or critical care customers) are encouraged to have an emergency plan in place as CenterPoint cannot ensure an uninterrupted power supply. If electricity is a necessity, customers should make alternate arrangements for on-site back-up capabilities or other alternatives in the event of loss of electric service. 

In addition to damaging CenterPoint's electric infrastructure and equipment, severe weather may have caused damage to customer-owned equipment. Customers should check their weatherhead, the point where power enters the home through an electric service drop, which is often a pipe located on the side of the residence or building. If the equipment is damaged, customers will need to contact a qualified electrician to make repairs before the company is able to restore service to them.

CenterPoint urges customers to always stay at least 35 feet away from downed power lines and damaged electric utility equipment. Treat all down and damaged equipment as energized and report them to the company at 713-207-2222.

During the May 16 storm, CenterPoint's Outage Tracker online map experienced technical challenges which limited the performance for customers. Until the tool is restored, customers are encouraged to utilize Power Alert Service® for outage information.

 In addition, for the latest information on power outages, customers can also:​

  • Follow @CenterPoint on X; and 
  • Visit CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter for outage data updated every 15 minutes as well as electric and natural gas safety tips and other resources.

​Please note: Restoration times may be delayed as crews continue to assess damage.​

2024-05-28T05:00:00Z