Our electric crews make a difference in Puerto Rico
Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is 1,965 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean from CenterPoint Energy’s electricity delivery service area in greater Houston, but that didn’t stop about six dozen of our linemen from joining over 1,500 crews from U.S. utilities to help Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority restore power following Hurricane Maria.
CenterPoint Energy sent two waves of crews to the Arecibo area. They faced logistical and geographical challenges: much of Puerto Rico's electric grid is in rugged, mountainous terrain with little or no road access after Hurricane Maria. Our teams worked hard to restore power to more than 5,100 households and businesses in the area.
"Because of the many challenges, this mission was unique,” said Ed Scott, director of operations for CenterPoint Energy. “Crews often worked all day to restore service to only a handful of residents. Our highly skilled employees replaced a total of 276 poles and 2,674 spans of wire."
Added head line mechanic Jose Padilla, "Assisting Puerto Rico was personal; I have family members and friends there. It was an honor to be a part of the crews and immensely gratifying to turn the lights on for Puerto Ricans. The residents of the region were very grateful. I will never forget the great memories and experiences of my time on this beautiful island."
Coming to the aid of other utilities is nothing new to CenterPoint Energy employees. Over the years, crews have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who have been left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
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Heroes of Harvey ads spotlight heroes
When Hurricane Harvey brought its record-breaking 51.88 inches of rainfall to Southeast Texas in August 2017, countless stories emerged of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help Houston recover.
On April 1, CenterPoint Energy ran the first of a 21-week series of full-page ads in the Houston Chronicle to tell the stories of the heroes of Hurricane Harvey, to thank you for your patience and understanding and to thank our employees for their extraordinary efforts in conducting more than 1.27 million natural gas and electric service restorations. The ad series concludes Aug. 26, the one-year anniversary of this historic storm.
Each week readers can read a brief story about what happened and what CenterPoint Energy is doing today. Readers will see information about system investments in safety and reliability, gas and electric safety, our new Preference Center, improvements to Power Alert Service and our High Efficiency Homes program and other products and services designed to help you continue to get back to normal, safely and efficiently for the future.
Corporate Responsibility Report details commitment to community
CenterPoint Energy’s 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report,
Stewardship through Values is available for you to download and read about the variety of community partner initiatives CenterPoint Energy undertook last year including environmental, social and government.
The report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, the leading framework used by organizations to disclose environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.
Environmental: Environmental stewardship is a critical component of the company’s overall corporate responsibility approach. CenterPoint Energy has a long history of conducting its businesses in a safe, environmentally responsible manner and is committed to compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Social: CenterPoint Energy actively works to build trust, strengthen relationships and make a positive impact in its service territory. The company’s stakeholders include individuals and groups who impact – or are impacted by – CenterPoint Energy and its business operations, such as customers, communities, employees, investors, suppliers and regulators.
Governance: Ethical conduct and good corporate governance are priorities for CenterPoint Energy’s employees, leadership and board of directors. Good corporate governance, as well as a strong ethics and compliance program, are in the best interests of company stakeholders and critical to long-term success. To that end, CenterPoint Energy has implemented corporate governance and business conduct policies and procedures that reinforce our values of safety, integrity, accountability, initiative and respect.
We invite you to review the report and provide us with your feedback. As always, additional information about our
approach is available online.
Community Partnership Grants
Fifteen years ago, CenterPoint Energy started the Community Partnership Grant program, providing an opportunity to work with communities on a shared commitment to safety. We have since funded more than 848 projects and awarded more than $1.5 million in grants. The program offers matching grants up to $2,500 for eligible safety and emergency response equipment until the funds for this year’s program are depleted.
CenterPoint Energy wants YOU to Stay Safe and Smart!
Safe and Smart is a fun, interactive website for students of all ages, parents and teachers to learn about natural gas. The website features safety tips by age, from elementary through teens, videos, activity sheets and games designed to increase awareness of natural gas concepts and how to be safe around natural gas. Additional information about energy conservation and careers in the energy industry is also available.
CenterPointEnergy.com/SafeandSmart to learn where natural gas comes from, how it is used and how to be safe and smart and smart around it.