Centerpoint Energy Inc.  (CNP)
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Centerpoint Energy Inc. Segments

Electric Transmission & Distribution
   50.37 % of total Revenue
Natural Gas Distribution
   21.86 % of total Revenue
Other Operations
   0.24 % of total Revenue
Competitive Natural Gas Sales & Services
   27.53 % of total Revenue

Business Segments (Sep. 30, 2015)
(in millions $)
III. Quarter
(of total Revenues)
(Sep. 30, 2015)
(in millions $)
III. Quarter
(Profit Margin)
Electric Transmission & Distribution
827.00 50.37 % 244.00 29.5 %
Natural Gas Distribution
359.00 21.86 % 11.00 3.06 %
Other Operations
4.00 0.24 % 3.00 75 %
Competitive Natural Gas Sales & Services
452.00 27.53 % 7.00 1.55 %
1,642.00 100 % 265.00 16.14 %

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Growth rates by Segment (Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Revenue
III. Quarter
Q/Q Revenue
(Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Income
III. Quarter
Q/Q Income
Electric Transmission & Distribution
-1.43 % 17.3 % 5.17 % 54.43 %
Natural Gas Distribution
-6.02 % -15.93 % 120 % -42.11 %
Other Operations
0 % 33.33 % 0 % -
Competitive Natural Gas Sales & Services
-25.17 % 10.78 % 16.67 % -22.22 %
-10.22 % 6.42 % 6.43 % 42.47 %

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  Centerpoint Energy's

Business Segments Description

Our reportable business segments are Electric Transmission & Distribution, Electric Generation, Natural Gas Distribution, Pipelines and Gathering, and Other Operations.

Electric Transmission

CenterPoint Houston transports electricity from power plants to substations and from one substation to another and to retail electric customers taking power above 69 kilovolts (kV) in locations throughout the control area managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) on behalf of retail electric providers. CenterPoint Houston provides transmission services under tariffs approved by the Texas Utility Commission.

Electric Distribution

In Texas, end users purchase their electricity directly from the certificated "retail electric providers." CenterPoint Houston distributes electricity for retail electric providers in its certificated service area by carrying lower-voltage power from the substation to the retail electric customer. Its distribution network receives electricity from the transmission grid through power distribution substations and distributes electricity to end users through distribution feeders. CenterPoint Houston's operations include construction and maintenance of electric transmission and distribution facilities, metering services, outage response services and call center operations. CenterPoint Houston provides distribution services under tariffs approved by the Texas Utility Commission. Texas Utility Commission rules and market protocols govern the commercial retail operations of distribution companies and other market participants.

ERCOT Market Framework

CenterPoint Houston is a member of ERCOT. ERCOT is a network of retail customers, investor and municipally owned electric utilities, rural electric co-operatives, river authorities, independent generators, power marketers and retail electric providers, which serves as the regional reliability coordinating council for member electric power systems in Texas. Texas Genco sells electric generation capacity, energy and ancillary services in the ERCOT market. The ERCOT market includes much of the State of Texas, other than a portion of the panhandle, a portion of the eastern part of the state bordering on Louisiana and the area in and around El Paso. The ERCOT market represents approximately 85% of the demand for power in Texas and is one of the nation's largest power markets. The ERCOT market includes an aggregate net generating capacity of approximately 78,000 MW, approximately 14,000 MW of which are owned by Texas Genco. There are only limited direct current interconnections between the ERCOT market and other power markets in the United States.


CERC's natural gas distribution business engages in intrastate natural gas sales to, and natural gas transportation for, residential, commercial and industrial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas through three unincorporated divisions: CenterPoint Energy Arkla (Arkla), CenterPoint Energy Entex (Entex) and CenterPoint Energy Minnegasco (Minnegasco). These operations are regulated as natural gas utility operations in the jurisdictions served by these divisions. CERC's operations also include non-rate regulated retail gas sales to and transportation services for commercial and industrial customers in the six states listed above as well as several other Midwestern states.


CERC's pipelines and gathering business operates two interstate natural gas pipelines as well as gas gathering facilities and also provides pipeline services.

CERC owns and operates gas transmission lines primarily located in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. CERC's pipeline operations are primarily conducted by two wholly owned interstate pipeline subsidiaries which provide gas transportation and storage services primarily to industrial customers and local distribution companies:

- CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company (CEGT) is an interstate pipeline that provides natural gas transportation, natural gas storage and pipeline services to customers principally in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

- CenterPoint Energy -- Mississippi River Transmission Corporation (MRT) is an interstate pipeline that provides natural gas transportation, natural gas storage and pipeline services to customers principally in Arkansas and Missouri.


Our Other Operations business segment includes office buildings and other real estate used in our business operations and other corporate operations which support all of our business operations.


CERC offers variable and fixed-priced physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers and electric and gas utilities through a number of subsidiaries, primarily CenterPoint Energy Services, Inc. (CES). We have reorganized the oversight of our Natural Gas Distribution business segment and, as a result, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2005, we have established a new reportable business segment, Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services. These operations were previously reported as part of the Natural Gas Distribution business segment.

Wholesale Operations. CES offers a portfolio of physical delivery services and financial products designed to meet wholesale customers' supply and price risk management needs. These customers are served directly through interconnects with various inter- and intra-state pipeline companies, and include gas utilities, large industrial and electric generation customers.

Retail Operations. CES also offers a variety of natural gas management services to smaller commercial and industrial customers, whose facilities are located downstream of natural gas distribution utility city gate stations, including load forecasting, supply acquisition, daily swing volume management, invoice consolidation, storage asset management, firm and interruptible transportation administration and forward price management. CES manages transportation contracts and energy supply for retail customers in ten states.

Intrastate Pipeline Operations. Another wholly owned subsidiary of CERC owns and operates approximately 210 miles of intrastate pipeline in Louisiana and Texas. This subsidiary provides bundled and unbundled merchant and transportation services to shippers and end-users.

CES currently transports natural gas on over 30 pipelines throughout the central and eastern United States. CES maintains a portfolio of natural gas supply contracts and firm transportation agreements to meet the natural gas requirements of its customers. CES aggregates supply from various producing regions and offers contracts to buy natural gas with terms ranging from one month to over five years. In addition, CES actively participates in the spot natural gas markets in an effort to balance daily and monthly purchases and sales obligations. Natural gas supply and transportation capabilities are leveraged through contracts for ancillary services including physical storage and other balancing arrangements.


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