CenterPoint Energy is composed of an electric transmission and distribution utility serving the Houston metropolitan area, local natural gas distribution businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, a competitive natural gas sales and service business serving customers in the eastern half of the U.S., interstate pipeline operations with two natural gas pipelines in the mid-continent region, and a field services business with natural gas gathering operations, also in the mid-continent region. We are an established company with substantial assets that are managed by experienced people. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. We are a company with more than 5 million metered customers and a long history of service. At CenterPoint Energy, our vision is to “Lead the nation in delivering energy, service and value.” To us this means more than just doing business, it means being guided by a set of core values that define who we are and what we believe. We know that reliable energy is not a luxury. It is up to us to keep the lights on and to provide clean natural gas for homes, factories and businesses. We value our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities we serve. We are committed to doing business every day with safety, integrity, accountability, initiative, and respect . If you smell gas or see a downed power line you should follow important safety guidelines, and always call 811 before you dig.