CenterPoint Energy seeks recovery following completion of 7-year natural gas pipeline modernization plan
Utility files first base rate review in 14 years; Current natural gas commodity prices forecasted to remain stable; Significant methane emission reductions from Energy Efficiency savings and pipeline replacement
2020-10-30T05:00:00Z

Evansville, Ind. – Oct. 30, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy's Indiana-based electric and gas utility, Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co. (SIGECO), has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for recovery of investments made within its southwestern Indiana natural gas service territory.

The filing comes at the completion of the company's 7-year, $240 million gas modernization plan, which was filed in 2013 to comply with federal pipeline safety rules and ensures the continued safe, reliable delivery of natural gas service to its more than 113,000 southwestern Indiana customers. The gas system improvements resulted in upgrades to portions of CenterPoint Energy's 3,200-mile network of distribution mains and transmission pipelines which serve nine counties in southwestern 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 36% reduction in methane emissions since 2013. Since 2008, more than 300 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the company's southwestern Indiana 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 is now seeking recovery of the remaining 20% of those investments.

"These infrastructure investments are vital to meeting federal mandates and ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers," said Richard Leger, Vice President of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio. "While our natural gas customers will experience a base rate increase to their bills, it will be the first time in nearly 14 years we have pursued such recovery. We remain focused on maintaining affordability for our customers, 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."

If the IURC approves the request, the average residential southwestern Indiana gas customer could see an approximate increase of about $15 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 South customers.

"Since inception of the programs, Indiana South customers have saved approximately 37 million therms of natural gas, or enough energy to heat 46,000 homes for a year, which also contributed to more than 195,000 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 about $100 lower than they were in 2007-2008 when current rates were approved. As is the case with other gas utilities, Indiana South 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 plan be approved, new rates would go into effect during the third quarter of 2021. This filing has no impact on electric rates.

CenterPoint Energy's Indiana South gas territory delivers natural gas to more than 113,000 customers in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

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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 "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 and June 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 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 implements independent board leadership and governance structure

HoustonJuly 22, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) ("CenterPoint" or the "Company") today announced the unanimous decision of the CenterPoint Board's Independent Directors to implement a new independent board leadership and governance structure. The Board named Martin Nesbitt, chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, as its new independent board chairman, effective immediately.

  • Martin Nesbitt appointed as Independent Chairman of the Board, effective immediately
  • Independent directors eliminate Executive Chairman role
  • Milton Carroll to depart from Executive Chairman position, effective immediately, and from the Board on September 30 
  • Independent directors implement a multi-year retention arrangement for President and CEO Dave Lesar

To institute the Company's new governance structure, this independent seat replaces the position of Executive Chairman. This position has been eliminated by the independent directors of the board, effective immediately. In connection with these decisions by the independent directors, Milton Carroll departs from the Executive Chairman position and as an employee of the Company, effective immediately, and from the Board as a director, effective September 30 of this year, each substantially in advance of Mr. Carroll's current mandatory retirement date in 2023.

CenterPoint's Board, based on extensive feedback from shareholders and evaluation of evolving governance practices, determined that now is the right time to execute this significant leadership and governance transition as the company continues to advance its well-received strategic plan to drive sustainable value for the benefit of all its stakeholders. In connection with today's leadership and governance transition, the Company entered into a multi-year retention grant arrangement with President and CEO Dave Lesar to retain his continued leadership, and to provide executive management continuity, drive successful execution of CenterPoint's value-creation strategy, and provide executive leadership succession planning. The arrangements entered into with Mr. Carroll and Mr. Lesar will be publicly filed on Form 8-K.

Mr. Nesbitt said, "CenterPoint is a backbone of economic vitality and reliable energy delivery for the communities we serve, and CenterPoint's importance is a central part of Milton Carroll's legacy. As we continue to seize opportunities ahead of us, I believe that our unique value proposition will be further strengthened by CenterPoint's commitment to strong corporate governance, including through the leadership and governance transition we announce today. I am honored to have been selected to lead CenterPoint as independent Chairman of the Board and on behalf of the Board, we express our deepest gratitude and respect for Milton, who has served CenterPoint and its stakeholders tirelessly for nearly 30 years. Milton has been a steady source of inspiration, leadership and guidance to all who have known him, and his stewardship and commitment to CenterPoint's success have been unmatched. Milton was instrumental in the creation of CenterPoint, provided initial board leadership and with the help of many others, navigated CenterPoint through the difficult transition of the early days of the deregulation of the Texas electrical market. He then helped lead the company to where it is today – stronger than ever, with a market capitalization near its historic high. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our incredible CEO Dave Lesar, who has demonstrated tremendous energy and accomplishment since he became CEO only a year ago."

Mr. Carroll said, "In the nearly 30 years since I joined CenterPoint's Board in 1992 and during my time as Executive Chairman of the Board, CenterPoint has successfully navigated industry, energy and regulatory challenges, business transitions and changes in our nation and communities. Thanks to our great CenterPoint team, we are an indelible part of the fabric and history of Texas and the other territories we serve. I am excited to see how CenterPoint continues to evolve under the leadership of Marty and Dave and reach even greater heights of potential and promise. It has been an honor to serve as Chairman and then Executive Chairman alongside my fellow directors."

Mr. Lesar said, "We have been on a very focused mission over the past year to unlock the untapped power and potential within this company, its premium regulated utilities and its exceptional talent. Milton has been a critical partner throughout this journey, and with our utility-focused strategy, we are now taking advantage of the robust capital investment opportunities available to us and are firmly on the path to exit our midstream investments and progress our renewable energy growth objectives. I believe the best is yet to come, and I couldn't be more excited to continue my commitment to CenterPoint's future success and the development of its next phase of leadership over the coming years. On behalf of myself and all our employees, I am deeply grateful to Milton for laying CenterPoint's strong foundation and positioning the company so well for this new era. I am excited for our future and look forward to discussing our second quarter results."

About Marty Nesbitt

Martin H. Nesbitt has been a director since April 2018 and will now serve as the independent Chairman of CenterPoint's Board. Since 2013, he has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Vistria Group, LLC, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on the education, healthcare and financial services industries. Prior to co-founding Vistria, Mr. Nesbitt served as Chief Executive Officer of PRG Parking Management (known as The Parking Spot), an owner and operator of off-airport parking facilities, from 1996 to 2012. Prior to The Parking Spot, Mr. Nesbitt also served as officer of the Pritzker Realty Group, L.P. and as Vice President and Investment Manager at LaSalle Partners, with a variety of responsibilities including investment management for regional retail properties. Mr. Nesbitt has served on the Boards of Directors of American Airlines Group, Inc. since 2015 and Chewy, Inc. since 2020. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of Jones Lang LaSalle.  He is a Trustee of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and serves as Chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation. He previously served as a director of Norfolk Southern Corporation from 2013 to May 2019.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 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," "could," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "should," "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 executive management continuity and succession planning, the benefits of leadership and governance transitions, corporate governance commitments, strategic plans and value creation, capital investments, business opportunities, future financial performance and results of operations, expectations regarding our midstream investments and renewable energy growth objectives, 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, 2020, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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, July 21, 2021 - 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 payable on September 9, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2021.

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 September 1, 2021 to shareholders of Series A Preferred Stock of record at the close of business on August 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 September 1, 2021 to shareholders of Series B Preferred Stock of record at the close of business on August 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 Preferred Stock.

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 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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Landmark new law will help advance Minnesota’s clean energy future

Minneapolis – July 6, 2021 – A landmark new state law will help Minnesota's natural gas utilities move forward with development of innovative clean energy resources and technologies, including made-in-Minnesota renewable natural gas and green hydrogen.

Passed with bipartisan support during the June special legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz, the Natural Gas Innovation Act was proposed by CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota's largest natural gas utility serving more than 890,000 residential and business customers.

"Natural gas is indispensable to meeting Minnesota's energy needs," said Brad Tutunjian, CenterPoint Energy Vice President-Minnesota Region. "We're committed to delivering reliable, affordable energy while also pursuing innovative solutions to help our customers limit the climate impact of their natural gas use. This new law will help promote new Minnesota-produced, low-carbon or zero-carbon gas resources that can diversify the state's energy supply, improve waste management and support new economic development."

The law creates a state regulatory policy that offers new opportunities for a natural gas utility to provide customers access to renewable energy resources and innovative technologies that reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission must review and approve a utility's "innovation plan," with a limit on the cost impact for ratepayers.

CenterPoint Energy will likely submit its first innovation plan under the new law as soon as next year. Examples of innovation allowed by the new law include:

  • Renewable natural gas produced by recycling biogas from organic materials such as agricultural manure, wastewater, food waste and agricultural or forest waste;
  • Green hydrogen produced by using renewable electricity to split water to create a carbon-free gas that can be blended with conventional natural gas;
  • End-use carbon capture technology that converts emissions from natural gas space or water heating equipment into a powder which can be recycled into commercial products; and
  • Leading-edge energy efficiency technologies that would not be eligible for funding through the existing Conservation Improvement Program.

A broad-based coalition of groups supported the legislation, including the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), Minnesota Pipe Trades Association, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Partnership on Waste and Energy, and Conservation Minnesota.

The legislation was authored by Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-District 36A), of Coon Rapids, and Sen. Bill Weber (R-District 22), of Luverne.

"The Natural Gas Innovation Act is a major opportunity for Minnesota to build on the important clean energy success we have already achieved," said Rep. Stephenson, who is Chair of the House Commerce Committee and a member of the House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Committee. "This new law creates a forward-looking framework that will help our natural gas utilities innovate and invest in renewable resources to address climate change and continue Minnesota's clean energy transition."

"The Natural Gas Innovation Act provides a responsible pathway for our state's energy future by prioritizing new technology and homegrown, made-in-Minnesota resources," said Sen. Weber, who serves as Assistant Senate Majority Leader. "In particular, renewable natural gas made from agricultural waste holds great economic potential for Minnesota's farmers and rural communities, while also protecting the environment and helping Minnesota meet its energy needs."

To learn more, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/CleanEnergyMN

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 March 31, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 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 9,500 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 "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "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 anticipated impact and benefits of the Natural Gas Innovation Act, including opportunities related to the development of energy resources and technologies as well as the expected benefits to customers, climate and the economy, the timing of the submission of an innovation plan under the new law and associated regulatory approval, 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, 2020, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CenterPoint Energy Foundation and company vendors and suppliers contribute more than $3 million to support severe winter weather relief and recovery efforts

Houston – June 21, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy today announced that through contributions from both its charitable foundation and generous donations from its vendors and suppliers, more than $3 million has been donated to the Houston-Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund. The Relief Fund, which was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, is aimed at supporting low-income Houstonians without insurance who were impacted by February's severe winter weather.

Dave Lesar, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy, and Chair of the Relief Fund's Advisory Board, said, "We are deeply grateful for all of our vendors and suppliers who gave so generously to the Relief Fund. Led by Quanta Services' donation of $1 million, these funds are going a long way in helping the fund fulfill its mission of meeting the unmet needs of families who need additional help recovering and filling the gaps that may not be met by other local and federal efforts."

The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston jointly oversee and administer the grant distribution process with the help of a grants committee, which includes local philanthropic professionals. To date, $17 million in donations has been pledged to the fund by generous companies and individuals and more than $13.1 million has been distributed through a network of Houston area nonprofits for relief efforts. A final round of grants will be distributed later this month.

CenterPoint Energy would like to recognize the following vendors and suppliers for their contributions:

  • Accenture
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Central Moloney, Inc.
  • Cisco
  • Deloitte
  • EN Engineering
  • Hewlett Packard Foundation
  • Homeserve
  • Irby, a Sonepar Company
  • Itron
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Love Advertising
  • Magna Legal Services
  • MRC Global
  • MRE Consulting
  • Osmose Utility Services
  • PwC
  • Quanta Services, Inc.
  • R&D Strategic Solutions
  • Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP
  • United Healthcare Retiree Solutions
  • Utegration
  • Wise Men Consultants, Inc.

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. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation is a charitable giving organization focused on strengthening the quality of life in the communities served by the company. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor active system in the Gulf of Mexico

LAKE CHARLES, La. – June 17, 2021 – CenterPoint Energy continues to monitor the forecasts closely as potentially severe weather heads toward 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.

Natural Gas Safety

  • 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.

No two storms are alike and, as was the case with Hurricane Harvey, flooding can have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety, and other resources, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety.