CenterPoint Energy announces 10-year fleet electrification goals
Company continues to take significant steps to reduce carbon emissions and use innovative technology to transition toward a cleaner energy future
2020-09-28T05:00:00Z

Houston – Sept. 28, 2020 – Leading energy partner CenterPoint Energy today announced a goal to replace 100 percent of its current electric operations light-duty fleet vehicles, such as cars, vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), with electric vehicles in Houston and Evansville, Ind., by 2030. The company has an ongoing commitment to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable energy, while leveraging innovative technology to continue reducing emissions and transition the communities it serves to a clean energy future. 

"CenterPoint Energy has continued to offset our carbon footprint and promote cleaner air by replacing fossil-fueled vehicles and equipment with alternative power choices since 2011," said Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy's Senior Vice President, Electric Utility. "We strive to lead by example and have steadily increased our fleet electrification as suitable vehicles and technology have come available."

The company has a plan to replace 50 percent of current electric operations light-duty fleet vehicles by 2025 and complete the replacement by 2030. In addition, 5 percent of electric operations heavy-duty vehicles will be replaced by 2025 and 10 percent by 2030. As the market evolves, emission reduction goals for all classes of vehicles will be re-evaluated.

To reduce emissions, CenterPoint Energy continues to invest in infrastructure modernization, as well as research and development projects. At the same time, the company remains committed to support the communities where it operates with their climate action goals, focusing on driving lower emissions across the natural gas value chain to ensure its continued role in supporting the transition of the nation's power generation fleet to meet lower carbon emission goals.

This year, CenterPoint Energy introduced its Carbon Policy with a goal to reduce its operational emissions by 70 percent by 2035 and emissions attributable to natural gas usage in heating, appliances and equipment within the residential and commercial sectors by 20 to 30 percent by 2040. The company is among the first energy delivery companies to make an emissions-reduction commitment across a multi-state footprint.

CenterPoint Energy's fleet electrification plan aligns with the City of Houston's Climate Action Plan goal to electrify 100 percent of non-emergency light-duty fleet by 2030. The company is a founding member of EVolve Houston, a coalition of sustainability-minded civic, business, and academic leaders who seek to accelerate clean transportation through electrification in the Greater Houston area. CenterPoint Energy is also collaborating with the City of Evansville on the creation and implementation of their Climate Action Plan. By 2050, Evansville will be a regional leader in addressing climate change and a zero-waste community, powered by renewable energy, where all people have access to efficient transportation alternatives, public green spaces, clean air and water, and locally sourced, fresh food.

About CenterPoint Energy

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

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CenterPoint Energy restores service to more than 1.6 million customers impacted by Hurricane Beryl

​Houston — July 13, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy crews have continued to make strong progress repairing the electric system despite high temperatures, pop-up thunderstorms and rainy conditions. As of 1 p.m. CT, the company has restored power to more than 1.6 million customers across the Greater Houston area. CenterPoint remains on track to restore approximately 85% of customers by the end of this weekend.

“We know how tough these past several days have been for our customers and our entire team is determined to restore power as safely and as quickly as we can," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “Our crews are working through the heat, storms and rain to address the more than 12,100 downed trees, as well as the impacts of billboards, portions of metal roofs and other debris carried by sustained high winds into poles, lines and other equipment. We are committed to getting the lights back on for those customers who are not yet restored."

In addition, CenterPoint has now provided estimated restoration dates to substantially all remaining customers who have not already received one. CenterPoint's online restoration status tracker is the best and most accurate resource for customers' estimated restoration dates. Please continue to call the company's customer service lines to report safety-related issues.

Important safety reminders

  • Stay alert – ask to see a company identification badge before allowing a utility worker in your home.
  • You can always call CenterPoint and ask if an employee was authorized to visit your home.
  • 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 it to the company at 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143.
  • CenterPoint is currently experiencing longer than usual hold times across its region. The Customer Service team is only accepting calls for electric and natural gas emergencies at this time.
  • If using a portable generator, place in a well-ventilated area and never run it inside to avoid a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Crews are working to safely restore electric service for you and your family; please be cautious around restoration crews and give them plenty of room to safely assess damage and make repairs.​

CenterPoint's electric customers are encouraged to enroll in Power Alert Service® to receive outage details and community-specific restoration updates as they become available. For information and updates, follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.


CenterPoint Energy surpasses prior restoration target, restoring 80% of impacted customers

Houston — July 13, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy has restored electricity to nearly 1.8 million customers. The company has now restored 80% of customers impacted by Hurricane Beryl and is on track to restore power to approximately 85% by the end of this weekend. 

CenterPoint has now provided estimated restoration dates to substantially all customers who are without power. As work progresses, the company may be able to restore power sooner than expected. To date, CenterPoint has largely restored customers by the estimated dates provided to them in the restoration tracker, and in many cases, earlier than expected.

“We are grateful to our crews for their tremendous efforts to remove downed trees and repair damaged infrastructure, which has resulted in getting the lights back on for 80% of our impacted customers and at a pace faster than we previously expected," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “We know there is more work to be done and are laser-focused on restoring our remaining impacted customers as safely and quickly as possible."  ​

Supporting Our Communities

To support our local communities during this challenging time, the CenterPoint Foundation is making contributions to the Salvation Army, Houston Food Bank, American Red Cross of Coastal Bend, American Red Cross of Coastal Plains, 4B Disaster Response in Galveston, and Brazoria counties, Combined Arms and Catholic Charities. CenterPoint has also continued to work hand-in-hand with community partners to position mobile generation at cooling centers, hospitals, senior living facilities, medicine storage facilities and water treatment plants. 

CenterPoint's electric customers are encouraged to enroll in Power Alert Service® to receive outage details and community-specific restoration updates as they become available. For information and updates, follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.


CenterPoint Energy restores more than 1.4 million impacted customers

Houston July 12, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy crews continued to work last night into the morning, and the company has now restored more than 1.4 million customers — ahead of its restoration expectations for today. In addition, today, CenterPoint will be providing estimated restoration dates for substantially all impacted customers who haven't already received one.

“We are encouraged by the tremendous progress we have made as we track ahead of our restoration expectations. We are not going to stop until every impacted customer is back online," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “Many of the outages we have resolved have related to trees and other vegetation damaging our electrical equipment in the sustained high winds we experienced during the storm. Since Monday, crews have replaced over 2,000 poles and addressed damage from more than 6,000 trees impacting lines and other electrical equipment."

Tree crews started working as soon as it was safe to go out after the hurricane passed. Since Monday afternoon, approximately 840 tree crews addressed damage from the thousands of trees to restore power. One tree can take multiple hours to complete depending on severity of the situation. Before our crews can begin to work on getting the tree off our facilities, they must ground for the lines in order to ensure the safety of our crews and the public.

Important Safety Reminders

  • Stay alert – ask to see a company identification badge before allowing a utility worker in your home.
  • You can always call CenterPoint and ask if an employee was authorized to visit your home.
  • 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 it to the company.
  • If using a portable generator, place in a well-ventilated area and never run it inside to avoid a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Crews are working to safely restore electric service for you and your family; please be cautious around restoration crews and give them plenty of room to safely assess damage and make repairs. 

CenterPoint's electric customers are encouraged to enroll in Power Alert Service® to receive outage details and community-specific restoration updates as they become available. For information and updates, follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.​

CenterPoint Energy now expects to restore approximately 85% of impacted customers by the end of this weekend

​​​Houston — July 12, 2024 – CenterPoint Energy's crews are now on track to restore power to approximately 85% of impacted customers by the end of this weekend, as crews continue to make strong progress in spite of this afternoon's challenging weather. In addition, CenterPoint expects to provide restoration dates tonight to substantially all impacted customers who have not already received one.

This afternoon, severe thunderstorms moved through the Greater Houston area, causing crews to pause work due to safety concerns. Notwithstanding those delays, the company has restored power to more than 1.5 million customers, which is ahead of its previous expectations.  

“Despite this afternoon's weather, we are building on our momentum and currently restoring power at a stronger pace than we previously expected," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “We are deeply grateful to the men and women who are working tirelessly in hot, humid and stormy conditions to restore power to every last customer. As crews continue to work as safely and as quickly as possible, we ask for our community's help in keeping them safe."

Our commitment goes beyond restoration

To support our local communities during this challenging time, the CenterPoint Foundation is making contributions to the Houston Food Bank, American Red Cross of Coastal Bend, American Red Cross of Coastal Plains, 4B Disaster Response in Galveston, and Brazoria counties, Combined Arms and Catholic Charities. CenterPoint has also continued to work hand-in-hand with community partners to position mobile generation at cooling centers, hospitals, senior living facilities and water treatment plants.

CenterPoint's electric customers are encouraged to enroll in Power Alert Service® to receive outage details and community-specific restoration updates as they become available. For information and updates, follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.​

CenterPoint Energy provides customer restoration update

Houston July 11, 2024 – To help customers who remain without power plan around their outages, CenterPoint Energy will begin providing estimated restoration times on its restoration status tracker before noon today.

To date, CenterPoint has restored more than 1.1 million customers impacted by Hurricane Beryl and expects to have an additional 400,000 customers restored by the end of day Friday, July 12, and a further 350,000 customers restored by the end of day Sunday, July 14.

Hurricane Beryl caused significant structural damage across CenterPoint's service area, including along the coast where parts of the electric system will need to be rebuilt. The hardest-hit areas include Brazoria, where the hurricane made landfall, Matagorda and up the I-45 corridor to the Woodlands. Trees across the Greater Houston area also contributed heavily to the outages as they were vulnerable due to significant freezes, drought and heavy rain over the past three years. In the hardest-hit areas, customers could experience prolonged outages.

“We understand how difficult it is for our customers to be without power, particularly in this summer heat," said Lynnae Wilson, Senior Vice President, Electric Business. “Having substantially completed our damage assessment and restoration of customers impacted by circuit related outages, our crews are now focusing on repairing more localized damage, including in the hardest-hit areas. We know that our customers are counting on us, and we are committed to working as safely and quickly as we can until every last customer is back on."

CenterPoint's commitment to the community goes beyond restoration efforts, and the company has begun making contributions to organizations supporting disaster recovery, including the American Red Cross of Coastal Bend, 4B Disaster Response in Galveston and Brazoria counties, Combined Arms and Catholic Charities. The company is also collaborating with other community partners to provide water, ice and meals to meet other immediate needs.​

CenterPoint's electric customers are encouraged to enroll in Power Alert Service® to receive outage details and community-specific restoration updates as they become available. For information and updates, follow @CenterPoint for updates during inclement weather events.