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Air Quality

How we're controlling emissions to improve air quality.

Renewable Energy

Read about our renewable energy sources.


Environmental policy

Environmental stewardship is a basic value and belief for each one of us at CenterPoint Energy. Our employees and their families live and work in the same cities and towns, breathe the same air and utilize the same natural resources as our customers. Each of us is committed to fully comply with all environmental regulation and ensure that our energy products and services not only meet customer needs, but also enhance the quality of life in each of our communities and leave behind a better environment for us all.

Fulfilling our environmental policy is an on-going initiative as Environmental Protection Agency and state requirements continue to evolve. However, while many in our industry talk about their commitment to environmental stewardship, CenterPoint Energy has been quietly acting on its commitment to a cleaner environment through its electric and natural gas operations.

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Sustainability at CenterPoint Energy

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Our position on global climate change

CenterPoint Energy Corporation is committed to responsible environmental stewardship as demonstrated by its historic, proactive approach to addressing environmental needs and obligations. While scientific uncertainties exist and the debate surrounding global climate change is ongoing, the growing understanding of the science of climate change would suggest a strong potential for adverse economic and social consequences. Although action is required, it is essential that climate change policies balance both competing short-term and long-term interest to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, while encouraging economic stability.

Climate change is an international issue that requires careful analysis and reasoned responses from policy makers. As such, CenterPoint Energy advocates a national strategy that achieves both short-term measures designed to lessen growth of emissions and long-term strategies that will ultimately manage emissions to appropriate levels in a scientifically sound, cost-effective manner.

Fossil fuel has been the backbone of the electric generation industry and coal continues as one of the nation's most abundant secure natural resources. CenterPoint Energy believes that with continual advances in clean coal technology with an emphasis on carbon mitigation measures, and a renewed focus on energy conservation measures, coal should remain a primary fuel source, in a diversified portfolio of fuel sources, for affordable electric generation and greater energy independence.

Balance is CenterPoint Energy's watchword. The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet provide affordable energy for its customers, requires thoughtful balance. For these reasons, CenterPoint Energy supports a national climate change policy with the following elements:

  • An inclusive scope that involves all sectors of the economy and sources of greenhouse gases, and recognizes early actions and investments made to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Any successful climate legislative effort must also effectively engage participation by developing nations
  • Provisions for enhanced use of renewables as a supplement to base load coal generation, including effective energy conservation, demand side management and generation efficiency measures
  • A flexible market-based cap and trade approach with zero cost allowance allocations to coal-based electric generators with a properly designed economic safety valve in order to reduce or eliminate extreme price spikes and potential price volatility. A long lead time must be included to align nearer-term technology capabilities and expanded generation efficiency and other enhanced renewables strategies, ensuring that generation sources will rely less on natural gas to meet short term carbon reduction requirements. This new regime should allow for adequate resource and generation planning and remove existing impediments to efficiency enhancements posed by the current New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act
  • Inclusion of incentives including grants and low interest loans for investment supporting advanced clean coal technology research and development, and
  • A strategy supporting alternative energy technologies and biofuels and increasing the domestic supply of natural gas to reduce dependence on foreign oil and imported natural gas.


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CCR Reporting

View posted documentation as required in the EPA's coal Combustion Residuals Rule (CCR).


Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a 20-year forecast that outlines how we will serve customers in a reliable and economic manner


Electric System

Learn about our electric system and how power is generated.

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