On April 23, 2018, CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation announced that they have entered into a final merger agreement. [7] CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is a U.S. Fortune 500 electricity and natural gas supplier serving several markets in the U.S. states of Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. It was formerly known as Connecting Energy (from which it is now separated), NorAm Energy, Houston Industries and HL&P. The company is headquartered in the Energy CenterPoint Tower on 1111 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. [2] [3] Renowned subscribers include retail electricity providers such as NRG Energy, Champion Energy, Eligo Energy, Dynowatt, Ambit Energy, Texas Power, Bounce Energy, MXenergy, Direct Energy, Stream Energy, First Texas Energy Corporation, Gexa Energy, Cirro Energy and Kona Energy. In 2010, CenterPoint Energy and Ford Motor Company entered into a partnership to encourage the introduction of electric vehicles. The two companies have partnered to jointly develop public relations and electric vehicle training programs. They also distributed details to the various stakeholders on the charging needs and requirements needed to «ensure that the electrical infrastructure can meet the necessary demand». In addition, «the cooperation between Ford and CenterPoint Energy also includes the development of strategies to minimize the impact of emissions and distribution of electric vehicle charging by using renewable energy sources nationwide and using domestic electricity more efficiently.» [9] In March 2009, the company`s five-year introduction of smart meters began, which provides retail electricity providers (RET) with enhanced smart functionality.

In late 2004, four private equity firms – Texas Pacific Group, Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Hellman & Friedman – came together to buy Texas Genco from Centerpoint. Later in 2006, Texas Genco was sold to NRG Energy of Princeton, N.J. .