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 awards grants to communities for safety initiatives

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.

 

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.

CenterPoint Energy Foundation commits $50,000 to Hurricane Delta relief

Houston – Oct. 16, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy today announced that through its charitable foundation the company has committed $50,000 to nonprofit organizations leading Hurricane Delta relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana.

CenterPoint Energy's $50,000 commitment will include contributions to the following organizations that are focused on relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana:

  • American Red Cross of Lake Charles – $20,000
  • United Way of Southwest Louisiana – $20,000
  • United Way of Acadiana – $5,000
  • The Salvation Army of Lake Charles – $5,000

"Through the CenterPoint Energy Foundation'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.

Additionally, mutual assistance crews from CenterPoint Energy's Electric Operations in Houston are helping Entergy Texas and Entergy Louisiana restore power in the impacted areas replacing downed poles, wires and transformers, among other critical work.

CenterPoint Energy names Alicia Dixon Director of Community Relations

Houston – Oct. 15, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy, an energy delivery company based in Houston, has named Alicia Dixon as Director of Community Relations. In this leadership role, Dixon will implement the company's enterprise-wide community relations strategies, campaigns, programs and activities.

Dixon began her career with CenterPoint Energy in 1990. During her 30-year tenure with the company, she worked in various areas of Communications, serving as the company's spokesperson with the media and other stakeholders. Dixon has also been a driving force in shaping the reputation of CenterPoint Energy – from the development of major infrastructure projects, to the aftermath of significant weather events. Most recently, she served as Manager, Communications-South.

"Alicia's experience in communications, operations, government affairs and regulatory services, and stakeholder engagement will be valuable assets in her new role," said Lynne Harkel-Rumford, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CenterPoint Energy.

Dixon has been active in many company-supported nonprofit organizations, including Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and United Way. She is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Houston and long-time volunteer with the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Baylor University.

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.

 

CenterPoint Energy offers Minnesota businesses an online tool to measure and manage their energy use

Minneapolis – Oct. 12, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota's largest natural gas utility, is offering its commercial customers an online natural gas "benchmarking" tool to help them measure their energy use. The tool will provide customers with potential opportunities to   lower their utility bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

Energy benchmarking is a method to track a building's energy consumption over time and compare it to similar buildings.

CenterPoint Energy's Energy Data Portal tool helps its commercial customers streamline the benchmarking process for natural gas use – whether the property is a factory, store, office, school or apartment building. The tool is available at no additional cost to customers.

"We have long been committed to helping our customers save energy," said Brad Tutunjian, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President for Minnesota Regional Operations. "This online benchmarking tool is another innovative way we can serve our commercial customers and support the efficient use of natural gas to meet their energy needs."

The benchmarking tool is available for any CenterPoint Energy commercial customer interested in energy benchmarking.

In recent years, the cities of Minneapolis, Edina and St. Louis Park have adopted benchmarking ordinances that require commercial and apartment building owners of a certain size to measure and report their energy use. CenterPoint Energy's benchmarking tool streamlines the process to help customers comply with these requirements.

With the Energy Data Portal, a building owner or property manager can:

  • Track a building's current and historical natural gas use;
  • Automatically transfer monthly energy use data into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that compares a building's energy use to similar buildings and generates a benchmarking score;
  • Access all properties and individual accounts in one place with user-friendly data analysis tools; and
  • Gain insights to better manage energy use and identify energy-saving opportunities.

For customers interested in making energy-saving improvements, CenterPoint Energy offers a wide range of financial incentives and rebates.

The Energy Data Portal benchmarking tool is part of CenterPoint Energy's nation-leading Conservation Improvement Program. For more than 25 years, the utility has partnered with its residential and business customers to help them reduce their energy use, and save money, with energy efficiency programs.

More information about energy benchmarking and the Energy Data Portal is available at CenterPointEnergy.com.

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 linemen head east to support Hurricane Delta recovery efforts
Houston – Oct. 10, 2020 – More than 170 CenterPoint Energy linemen, contractors and support personnel departed this morning for East Texas and Louisiana to assist Entergy Texas and Entergy Louisiana with power outage restoration resulting from Hurricane Delta.
 
“Our thoughts are with those in communities who have been impacted by Hurricane Delta, many of which were devastated by Hurricane Laura only weeks ago,” said Randy Pryor, Vice President of Distribution Operations of CenterPoint Energy. “Our dedicated teams will work 12- to 16-hour days to help restore electric service as safely and quickly as possible.”
 
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. CenterPoint Energy has been the beneficiary of this assistance several times. After Hurricane Harvey, the company received the assistance of thousands of workers from 20 states, who helped the company’s crews restore power to customers within 10 days. Over the years, CenterPoint Energy crews have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who were left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
 
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