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    CenterPoint Energy gears up for 2022 hurricane season


    June 24, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan in place, especially for customers who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service safely and reliably following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). "This hurricane season is predicted to be very active, so customers should be prepared for electric outages and have plans in place now," said Brad Tutunjian, Vice President of Distribution Operations and Service Delivery for CenterPoint Energy.

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      ?Houston, June 1 -- CenterPoint Energy issued the following news release:

      Hurricane season begins June 1 and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to have an emergency plan in place, especially for customers who depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment. As a part of CenterPoint Energy's commitment to restore service safely and reliably following a severe weather event, the company has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). CenterPoint Energy's employees, across all areas, are called upon to support the company­­'s EOP.

      * Company has an extensive Emergency Operations Plan, urges customers to be prepared, especially if they depend on electricity for life-sustaining equipment

      * Texas Legislature authorized TDUs to implement critical actions to lessen both the frequency and impact of power outages, including volunteer commercial load-shedding program and procurement of mobile emergency electric generation

      "This hurricane season is predicted to be very active, so customers should be prepared for electric outages and have plans in place now," said Brad Tutunjian, Vice President of Distribution Operations and Service Delivery for CenterPoint Energy.

      According to the guidance below from the National Hurricane Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, customers should be prepared to be without electric service according to the following guidelines:

      Disclaimer: The table has been omitted (The document can be viewed at https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/corporate/about-us/news/1554).

      "After severe weather, CenterPoint Energy employees work around the clock to assess storm damage to our electric grid and restore electricity safely and reliably," added Tutunjian.

      CenterPoint Energy crews begin the restoration process with facilities vital to safety, health and welfare, such as hospitals, water treatment plants and public service facilities. After key facilities, the company follows its priority restoration process by making repairs to electrical facilities that will return power to the largest number of customers first, then continue the restoration process by prioritizing repairs to benefit the greatest number of customers, until power is returned to everyone.

      During last year's legislative session, the Texas Legislature authorized several measures allowing Transmission and Distribution Utilities (TDUs), such as CenterPoint Energy, to implement critical actions to lessen both the frequency and impact of power outages. These actions include piloting a year-round volunteer commercial load-shedding program and the procurement of mobile emergency electric generation to aid in more quickly restoring power to distribution customers during certain widespread power outages, which are defined by the legislation.

      CenterPoint Energy has entered into lease agreements for emergency mobile emergency electric generation resources. Through the agreements, CenterPoint Energy has received approximately 500 megawatts of total capacity to be deployed across its greater Houston electric footprint. The mobile emergency electric generation may allow the company to reduce outages experienced by customers in an extreme emergency event.

      Under the new statute, a "widespread power outage" is an event that results in a loss of electric power that affects a significant number of distribution customers of a TDU; that has lasted or is expected to last for at least eight hours; and that results in a risk to public safety. TDUs may use mobile emergency electric generation resources during widespread power outages in which the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has ordered a TDU to shed load or the TDU's distribution facilities are not being fully served by the bulk power system under normal operations.

      In addition, CenterPoint Energy is a part of electric utility mutual assistance programs that provide access to thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from around the country to support restoration efforts during widespread power outage emergencies. The company is in close contact with mutual assistance partners in the event additional crews are needed.

      CenterPoint Energy is also prepared to continue to meet customers' natural gas demands across its six-state service territory. Operations personnel are regularly checking and adjusting natural gas pressures at delivery points and remotely monitoring pressures at hundreds of locations across the company's system.

      "The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we have plans in place to respond to extreme weather events," said Tal Centers, CenterPoint Energy's Vice President, Texas Gas. "Our dedicated team members are prepared and ready to restore our natural gas system safely and effectively if a weather event impacts our area."

      No two weather events are alike, and flooding can also have a significant impact on natural gas operations. For information on natural gas safety, electric safety and other resources, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter.

      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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2022, the company owned approximately $35 billion in assets. With approximately 8,900 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

      Source: CenterPoint Energy

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