(June 8, 2020)
Houston-based CenterPoint Energy, which serves 7 million electricity and natural gas customers across eight states, is aiming to slash its operating carbon emissions by 70 percent over the next 15 years. That’s one of the main goals contained in the company’s recently released emissions reduction strategy, which also includes a target of cutting emissions from its natural gas usage by 30 percent by 2040. These goals are based on the company’s 2005 emissions.
CenterPoint interim president and CEO John Somerhalder says the company aims to hit the 70 percent reduction target “by continuing our robust pipeline replacement program … and partnering with our suppliers to lower their methane emissions.” Large investments in its gas distribution business have enabled CenterPoint to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent per unit of natural gas delivered since 2012, he added.
Energy efficiency measures will also play an important part in the company’s carbon emissions reduction effort. It pledges to partner with its customers to offer affordable energy saving solutions and develop alternative fuel sources.
One of the alternative fuels being pursued by the energy company is renewable natural gas (RNG). It is currently engaged in a second attempt to gain approval for an RNG trial program in Minnesota.