SEC FORM 4 SEC Form 4
FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
Biddle Leslie D.

(Last) (First) (Middle)
1111 LOUISIANA

(Street)
HOUSTON TX 77002

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
CENTERPOINT ENERGY INC [ CNP ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director 10% Owner
Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
05/01/2018
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 05/01/2018 A 5,110(1) A $0.00 5,110 D
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
1. Shares of common stock granted under the Issuer's Stock Plan for Outside Directors, as amended and restated.
Remarks:
Vincent A. Mercaldi, Attorney-in-Fact 05/03/2018
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.

Power of Attorney

WHEREAS, the undersigned, in his or her capacity as a director or officer or
both, as the case may be, of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., a Texas corporation (the
"Company"), may be required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(the "Commission") under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the
"Exchange Act"), Forms 3, 4, and 5 or other reports, applications, and documents
("Forms") relating to the undersigned's holdings of and transactions in
securities of the Company;

NOW, THEREFORE, the undersigned, in his or her capacity as a director or officer
or both, as the case may be, of the Company, does hereby appoint Dana C.
O'Brien, Vincent A. Mercaldi, any duly appointed corporate secretary or
assistant corporate secretary of the Company, and each of them severally, as his
or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact or attorneys-in-fact and agent or agents
with power to act with or without the other and with full power of substitution
and resubstitution, to execute in his or her name, place and stead, in his or
her capacity as a director or officer or both, as the case may be, of the
Company, Forms and any and all
 amendments thereto and any and all instruments
necessary or incidental in connection therewith, if any, and to file the same
with the Commission and any stock exchange or similar authority.  Each said
attorney-in-fact and agent shall have full power and authority to do and perform
in the name and on behalf of the undersigned in any and all capacities, every
act whatsoever necessary or desirable to be done in the premises, as fully and
to all intents and purposes as the undersigned might or could do in person, the
undersigned hereby ratifying and approving the acts of said attorney.  The
powers and authority of each said attorney-in-fact and agent herein granted
shall remain in full force and effect until the undersigned is no longer
required to file Forms under the Exchange Act, unless earlier revoked by the
undersigned by giving written notice of such revocation to the Company.  The
undersigned acknowledges that the said attorneys-in-fact, in serving in such
capacity at the request of the undersigned, are not assuming, nor is the Company
assuming, any of the undersigned's responsibilities to comply with the Exchange
Act.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this instrument this 26th day
of April, 2018.

	 
/s/ Leslie D. Biddle
Name:  Leslie D. Biddle