HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Consistent with CenterPoint Energy's focus on unlocking the power and potential within its premium regulated utilities, the company is combining Indiana Electric and Houston Electric into one Electric organization, effective immediately. The alignment of CenterPoint Energy's generation, transmission, distribution and engineering areas into one organization will allow for greater ability to share best practices for service, reliability and technology across its footprint, as well as deliver on opportunities for long-term efficiencies in service to customers.
"Our Electric business is one of the cornerstones of CenterPoint Energy's new utility-focused strategy and supports our continued commitment to optimize and drive return on our regulated assets," said Dave Lesar, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Our new integration strategies underscore the importance of the Electric business to our broader CenterPoint Energy portfolio."
Lesar added, "By combining our two complementary electric utility businesses, we will achieve a major landmark for our electric companies. The decision to establish one Electric organization comes at a critical time, as we are preparing to implement our Integrated Resource Plan preferred portfolio for our future Indiana generation business. The plan outlines how we will generate electricity for our customers for the next 20 years and focuses on reliability and risk mitigation, while saving electric customers an estimated $320 million and lowering carbon emissions by 75% over 2005 levels."
In addition, in order to support the ongoing advancement of its corporate identity, value to customers, and clarity to shareholders, CenterPoint Energy will rebrand Vectren as CenterPoint Energy. The rebrand will include new signs and markings, but the same employees will be seen representing the organization, working in neighborhoods to restore and maintain service, and continuing to volunteer in the communities where they have for many years.
"Our one-brand approach is expected to drive long-term benefits with regards to our systems and customer-facing touch points," said Lesar. "It also shows our customers, communities, stakeholders, partners and suppliers that we are one company, united by our shared commitment to deliver energy to the millions we serve across our service territory."
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 & 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, 2020, the company owns approximately $33 billion in assets and also owns 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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