CenterPoint Energy Foundation announces $1.5 million COVID-19 Relief Fund
Contributions to support those impacted by coronavirus
2020-04-06T05:00:00Z

Houston – April 6, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy today announced through its foundation the company will contribute $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations, agencies and causes that are committed to supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. CenterPoint Energy's COVID-19 Relief Fund will include $1 million in direct contributions, as well as up to $500,000 in matching gifts for employees' contributions to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations.

"During this challenging time, the safety and well-being of CenterPoint Energy's customers, employees, contractors and communities we serve remain a top priority," said John W. Somerhalder II, interim president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "We hope to assist the most vulnerable of our population who are experiencing significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Through the CenterPoint Energy Foundation's contributions to local nonprofit organizations, we will strive to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work."

Qualifying nonprofit organizations in CenterPoint Energy's utility footprint of Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas will be eligible to receive grants. Organizations that are interested in applying for a CenterPoint Energy COVID-19 Relief Fund grant should visit www.centerpointenergy.com/cnpgives.

CenterPoint Energy continues to provide additional support to customers regarding their utility service. As previously announced, the company will support customers who may need payment assistance, arrangements or extensions during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the company has temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections for nonpayment. For customers in southwest Indiana, this includes the temporary suspension of electric service disconnections.

Additional information about CenterPoint Energy's COVID-19 response can be found at centerpointenergy.com.

 

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

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

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

 

Construction Begins on CenterPoint Energy’s Solar Farm in Southwestern Indiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CenterPoint Energy makes donations to local non-profits assisting with Hurricane Delta recovery efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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