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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
______________________
Form 10-K
(Mark One)
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020
OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM                TO              

Registrant, State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization
Commission file numberAddress of Principal Executive Offices, Zip Code
and Telephone Number
I.R.S. Employer Identification No.
  
1-31447CenterPoint Energy, Inc.74-0694415
(a Texas corporation)
1111 Louisiana
Houston,Texas77002
(713)207-1111
1-3187CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC22-3865106
(a Texas limited liability company)
1111 Louisiana
Houston,Texas77002
(713)207-1111
1-13265CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.76-0511406
(a Delaware corporation)
1111 Louisiana
Houston,Texas77002
(713)207-1111

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
RegistrantTitle of each classTrading symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Common Stock, $0.01 par valueCNPNew York Stock Exchange
Chicago Stock Exchange
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Depositary shares, each representing a 1/20th interest in a share of 7.00% Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock,
$0.01 par value
CNP/PBNew York Stock Exchange
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC9.15% First Mortgage Bonds due 2021n/aNew York Stock Exchange
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC6.95% General Mortgage Bonds due 2033n/aNew York Stock Exchange
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.6.625% Senior Notes due 2037n/aNew York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None









Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.Yesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLCYesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.Yesþ
No o

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.  
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Yes o
Noþ
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC
Yes o
Noþ
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.
Yes o
Noþ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Yesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC
Yesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.
Yesþ
No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). 
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.Yesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLCYesþ
No o
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.Yesþ
No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company”, and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filerNon-accelerated filerSmaller reporting companyEmerging growth company
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
þ

oo
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLCoo
þ
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.oo
þ

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Act. o  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.Yes
No þ
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLCYes
No þ
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.Yes
No þ

The aggregate market values of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrants as of June 30, 2020 are as follows:
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (using the definition of beneficial ownership contained in Rule 13d-3 promulgated pursuant to Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and excluding shares held by directors and executive officers)
$10,142,624,694
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC
None
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.None

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuers’ classes of common stock as of  February 22, 2021:
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
551,579,922 shares of common stock outstanding, excluding 166 shares held as treasury stock
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC
1,000 common shares outstanding, all held by Utility Holding, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.1,000 shares of common stock outstanding, all held by Utility Holding, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC and CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp. meet the conditions set forth in general instruction I(1)(a) and (b) of Form 10-K and are therefore filing this Form 10-K with the reduced disclosure format specified in General Instruction I(2) of Form 10-K.


DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the definitive proxy statement relating to the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of CenterPoint Energy, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days of December 31, 2020, are incorporated by reference in Item 10, Item 11, Item 12, Item 13 and Item 14 of Part III of this Form 10-K.




TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I
Page
Item 1.Business
Item 1A.Risk Factors
Item 1B.Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2.Properties
Item 3.Legal Proceedings
Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures
PART II
Item 5.
Market for Registrants’ Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6.Selected Financial Data
Item 7.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8.Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9.Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A.Controls and Procedures
Item 9B.Other Information
PART III
Item 10.Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11.Executive Compensation
Item 12.Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13.Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14.Principal Accounting Fees and Services
PART IV
Item 15.Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
Item 16.Form 10-K Summary
 
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GLOSSARY
ACEAffordable Clean Energy
ADFITAccumulated deferred federal income taxes
AFUDCAllowance for funds used during construction
AGCAlcoa Generating Corporation, a subsidiary of Alcoa, Inc.
AMAsAsset Management Agreements
AMIAdvanced Metering Infrastructure
AMSAdvanced Metering System
APSCArkansas Public Service Commission
ARAMAverage rate assumption method
AROAsset retirement obligation
ARPAlternative revenue program
ASCAccounting Standards Codification
ASUAccounting Standards Update
AT&T AT&T Inc.
AT&T CommonAT&T common stock
Bailey to Jones Creek ProjectA transmission project in the greater Freeport, Texas area, which includes enhancements to two existing substations and the construction of a new 345 kV double-circuit line to be located in the counties of Brazoria, Matagorda and Wharton
BcfBillion cubic feet
Bond CompaniesBond Company III, Bond Company IV and Restoration Bond Company, each a wholly-owned, bankruptcy remote entity formed solely for the purpose of purchasing and owning transition or system restoration property through the issuance of Securitization Bonds
Bond Company IIICenterPoint Energy Transition Bond Company III, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston Electric
Bond Company IVCenterPoint Energy Transition Bond Company IV, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston Electric
CARES ActCoronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
CCRCoal Combustion Residuals
CECAClean Energy Cost Adjustment
CECLCurrent expected credit losses
CEIPCenterPoint Energy Intrastate Pipelines, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CERC Corp.
CenterPoint EnergyCenterPoint Energy, Inc., and its subsidiaries
CERC Corp.CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.
CERCCERC Corp., together with its subsidiaries
CERCLAComprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended
CESCenterPoint Energy Services, Inc. (now known as Symmetry Energy Solutions, LLC), previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of CERC Corp. until its divestiture on June 1, 2020
Change in Control Plan
CenterPoint Energy Change in Control Plan (As Amended and Restated Effective May 1, 2017)
Charter CommonCharter Communications, Inc. common stock
CIPConservation Improvement Program
CNGCompressed natural gas
CNP MidstreamCenterPoint Energy Midstream, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy
CodeThe Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
CODMChief Operating Decision Maker, who is each Registrant’s Chief Operating Executive
Common StockCenterPoint Energy, Inc. common stock, par value $0.01 per share
Compensation CommitteeCompensation Committee of the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy
COVID-19Novel coronavirus disease 2019, and any mutations or variants thereof, and related global outbreak that was subsequently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization
COVID-19 ERPCOVID-19 Electricity Relief Program
CPPClean Power Plan
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GLOSSARY
CSIACompliance and System Improvement Adjustment
CVRConservation Voltage Reduction
DADistribution Automation
DCRFDistribution Cost Recovery Factor
Dodd-Frank ActDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
DOTU.S. Department of Transportation
DRRDistribution Replacement Rider
DSMADemand Side Management Adjustment
DthDekatherms
EBITDAEarnings before income taxes, depreciation and amortization
ECAEnvironmental Cost Adjustment
EDF RenewablesEDF Renewables Development, Inc.
EDITExcess deferred income taxes
EECREnergy Efficiency Cost Recovery
EECRFEnergy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor
EEFCEnergy Efficiency Funding Component
EEFREnergy Efficiency Funding Rider
EGTEnable Gas Transmission, LLC
EINEmployer Identification Number
ELGEffluent Limitation Guidelines
Elk GP Merger SubElk GP Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer
Elk Merger SubElk Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer
EnableEnable Midstream Partners, LP
Enable GPEnable GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of Enable
Enable MergerThe proposed merger of Elk Merger Sub with and into Enable and the merger of Elk GP Merger Sub with and into Enable GP, in each case on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Enable Merger Agreement, with Enable and Enable GP surviving as wholly-owned subsidiaries of Energy Transfer
Enable Merger Agreement
Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Energy Transfer, Elk Merger Sub LL, Elk GP Merger Sub, Enable, Enable GP and, solely for the purposes of Section 2.1(a)(i) therein, Energy Transfer GP, and solely for the purposes of Section 1.1(b)(i) therein, CenterPoint Energy
Enable Series A Preferred UnitsEnable’s 10% Series A Fixed-to-Floating Non-Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units, representing limited partner interests in Enable
Energy ServicesOffered competitive variable and fixed-priced physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers and electric and natural gas utilities through CES and CEIP
Energy Services Disposal GroupSubstantially all of the businesses within CenterPoint Energy’s and CERC’s Energy Services reporting unit that were sold under the Equity Purchase Agreement
Energy TransferEnergy Transfer LP, a Delaware limited partnership
Energy Transfer GP
LE GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and sole general partner of Energy Transfer
Energy Transfer Series G Preferred UnitsEnergy Transfer Series G Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
EPAct of 2005Energy Policy Act of 2005
Equity Purchase AgreementEquity Purchase Agreement, dated as of February 24, 2020, by and between CERC Corp. and Symmetry Energy Solutions Acquisition (f/k/a Athena Energy Services Buyer, LLC)
ERCOTElectric Reliability Council of Texas
ERCOT ISOERCOT Independent System Operator
ERISAEmployee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
EROElectric Reliability Organization
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GLOSSARY
ESGEnergy Systems Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
ESPCEnergy Savings Performance Contracting
FACFuel Adjustment Clause
February 2021 Winter Storm EventThe extreme and unprecedented winter weather event in February 2021 resulting in electricity generation supply shortages, including in Texas, and natural gas supply shortages and increased wholesale prices of natural gas in the United States, primarily due to prolonged freezing temperatures.
FERCFederal Energy Regulatory Commission
FIPFunding Improvement Plan
First AmendmentFirst Amendment to the Change in Control Plan, effective March 1, 2021
FitchFitch Ratings, Inc.
Form 10-QQuarterly Report on Form 10-Q
FPAFederal Power Act
FRPFormula Rate Plan
GHGGreenhouse gases
GRIPGas Reliability Infrastructure Program
GWhGigawatt-hours
HLPSAHazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979
Houston ElectricCenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC and its subsidiaries
HVACHeating, ventilation and air conditioning
IBEWInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
ICAInterstate Commerce Act of 1887
ICPAInter-Company Power Agreement
IDEMIndiana Department of Environmental Management
Indiana ElectricOperations of SIGECO’s electric transmission and distribution services, and includes its power generating and wholesale power operations
Indiana GasIndiana Gas Company, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
Indiana NorthGas operations of Indiana Gas
Indiana SouthGas operations of SIGECO
Indiana UtilitiesIndiana Electric, Indiana North and Indiana South, collectively
Infrastructure ServicesProvided underground pipeline construction and repair services through VISCO and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Miller Pipeline, LLC and Minnesota Limited, LLC
Infrastructure Services Disposal GroupBusinesses within the Infrastructure Services reporting unit that were sold under the Securities Purchase Agreement
Internal SpinCERC’s contribution of its equity investment in Enable to CNP Midstream (detailed in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements)
IRPIntegrated Resource Plan
IRSInternal Revenue Service
IURCIndiana Utility Regulatory Commission
kVKilovolt
KWKilowatt
LDCLocal Distribution Company
LIBORLondon Interbank Offered Rate
LNGLiquefied natural gas
LPSCLouisiana Public Service Commission
LTIPsLong-term incentive plans
MCRAMISO Cost and Revenue Adjustment
MergerThe merger of Merger Sub with and into Vectren on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, with Vectren continuing as the surviving corporation and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., which closed on the Merger Date
Merger AgreementAgreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of April 21, 2018, among CenterPoint Energy, Vectren and Merger Sub
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GLOSSARY
Merger DateFebruary 1, 2019
Merger SubPacer Merger Sub, Inc., an Indiana corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy
MESCenterPoint Energy Mobile Energy Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CERC Corp.
MGPManufactured gas plant
MISOMidcontinent Independent System Operator
MLPMaster Limited Partnership
MMcfMillion cubic feet
Moody’sMoody’s Investors Service, Inc.
MP20182018 pension mortality improvement scale developed annually by the Society of Actuaries
MP20192019 pension mortality improvement scale developed annually by the Society of Actuaries
MPSCMississippi Public Service Commission
MPUCMinnesota Public Utilities Commission
MRTEnable Mississippi River Transmission, LLC
MvaMegavolt amperes
MWMegawatt
NECANational Electrical Contractors Association
NERCNorth American Electric Reliability Corporation
NGANatural Gas Act of 1938
NGLsNatural gas liquids
NGPANatural Gas Policy Act of 1978
NGPSANatural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968
NOLsNet operating losses
NRGNRG Energy, Inc.
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
OCCOklahoma Corporation Commission
OGEOGE Energy Corp.
OPGWOptical Ground Wire
OPEIUOffice & Professional Employees International Union
OVECOhio Valley Electric Corporation
PBRCPerformance Based Rate Change
PHMSAPipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Pipes ActProtecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020
PowerTeam ServicesPowerTeam Services, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, now known as Artera Services, LLC
PRPsPotentially responsible parties
PSR AmendmentsFederal Pipeline Safety Regulations Amendments
PUCOPublic Utilities Commission of Ohio
PUCTPublic Utility Commission of Texas
Railroad CommissionRailroad Commission of Texas
RCRAResource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976
RCRA MechanismReliability Cost and Revenue Adjustment mechanism
RegistrantsCenterPoint Energy, Houston Electric and CERC, collectively
Reliant EnergyReliant Energy, Incorporated
REPRetail electric provider
Restoration Bond CompanyCenterPoint Energy Restoration Bond Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston Electric
ROEReturn on equity
ROURight of use
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RRARate Regulation Adjustment
RSPRate Stabilization Plan
SECSecurities and Exchange Commission
SESHSoutheast Supply Header, LLC
Securities Purchase AgreementSecurities Purchase Agreement, dated as of February 3, 2020, by and among VUSI, PowerTeam Services and, solely for purposes of Section 10.17 of the Securities Purchase Agreement, Vectren
Securitization BondsTransition and system restoration bonds
Series A Preferred StockCenterPoint Energy’s Series A Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share
Series B Preferred StockCenterPoint Energy’s 7.00% Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share
Series C Preferred StockCenterPoint Energy’s Series C Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share
STIPShort-term Incentive Plan
SIGECOSouthern Indiana Gas and Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
SOFRSecured Overnight Financing Rate
S&PS&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global Inc.
SRCSales Reconciliation Component
Symmetry Energy Solutions AcquisitionSymmetry Energy Solutions Acquisition, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (f/k/a Athena Energy Services Buyer, LLC) and subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners, LLC
TBDTo be determined
TCJATax reform legislation informally called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
TCOSTransmission Cost of Service
TCRFTransmission Cost Recovery Factor
TDSICTransmission, Distribution and Storage System Improvement Charge
TDUTransmission and distribution utility
Texas RETexas Reliability Entity
TSCRTax Savings Credit Rider
UESCUtility Energy Services Contract
USWUnited Steelworkers Union
Utility HoldingUtility Holding, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy
VCCVectren Capital Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
VectrenVectren Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy as of the Merger Date
VEDOVectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
VIEVariable interest entity
VISCOVectren Infrastructure Services Corporation, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
Vistra Energy Corp.Texas-based energy company focused on the competitive energy and power generation markets, whose major subsidiaries include Luminant and TXU Energy
VRPVoluntary Remediation Program
VUHIVectren Utility Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
VUSIVectren Utility Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren
ZENS2.0% Zero-Premium Exchangeable Subordinated Notes due 2029
ZENS-Related SecuritiesAs of both December 31, 2020 and 2019, consisted of AT&T Common and Charter Common
2019 Form 10-KAnnual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2020, as recast in the Registrants’ Current Report on Form 8-K dated May 18, 2020, and filed with the SEC on May 19, 2020


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 CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

From time to time the Registrants make statements concerning their expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “projection,” “should,” “target,” “will” or other similar words.

The Registrants have based their forward-looking statements on management’s beliefs and assumptions based on information reasonably available to management at the time the statements are made. The Registrants caution you that assumptions, beliefs, expectations, intentions and projections about future events may and often do vary materially from actual results. Therefore, the Registrants cannot assure you that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by the Registrants’ forward-looking statements. In this Form 10-K, unless context requires otherwise, the terms “our,” “we” and “us” are used as abbreviated references to CenterPoint Energy, Inc. together with its consolidated subsidiaries, including Houston Electric, CERC and Vectren.

Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by the Registrants’ forward-looking statements are described under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Certain Factors Affecting Future Earnings” and “ — Liquidity and Capital Resources — Other Matters — Other Factors That Could Affect Cash Requirements” in Item 7 of this report, which discussions are incorporated herein by reference.

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and the Registrants undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
 
SUMMARY OF RISK FACTORS

An investment in CenterPoint Energy’s securities involves a significant degree of risk. Below is a summary of certain risk factors to consider in evaluating CenterPoint Energy as well as its Common Stock and preferred stock. However, this list is not exhaustive. Before investing in CenterPoint Energy, carefully consider the risk factors discussed or referenced below and in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of this combined report on Form 10-K. If any of the risks discussed below and in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” were actually to occur, CenterPoint Energy’s, Houston Electric’s and CERC’s business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows could be materially adversely affected. In that case, CenterPoint Energy might not be able to pay dividends on its Common Stock or preferred stock, or the trading price of its Common Stock or preferred stock could decline.

Risk Factors Associated with Our Consolidated Financial Condition

If we are unable to arrange future financings on acceptable terms, our ability to finance our capital expenditures or refinance outstanding indebtedness could be limited.
If CenterPoint Energy redeems the ZENS prior to their maturity in 2029, its ultimate tax liability and redemption payments would result in significant cash payments, which would adversely impact its cash flows. Similarly, a significant amount of exchanges of ZENS by ZENS holders could adversely impact CenterPoint Energy’s cash flows.
Dividend requirements associated with CenterPoint Energy’s Series A Preferred Stock, Series B Preferred Stock and Series C Preferred Stock subject it to certain risks.

Risk Factors Affecting Electric Generation, Transmission and Distribution Businesses (CenterPoint Energy and Houston Electric)

Rate regulation of Houston Electric’s and Indiana Electric’s businesses may delay or deny their ability to earn an expected return and fully recover their costs.
Disruptions at power generation facilities owned by third parties or directives issued by regulatory authorities could interrupt Houston Electric’s sales of transmission and distribution services.
Indiana Electric’s execution of its generation transition plan, including its IRP, and its regulated power supply operations are subject to various risks, including timely recovery of capital investments, increased costs and facility outages or shutdowns.
Houston Electric and Indiana Electric, as a member of ERCOT and MISO, respectively, could be subject to higher costs for system improvements, as well as fines or other sanctions as a result of FERC mandatory reliability standards.
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Houston Electric’s receivables are primarily concentrated in a small number of REPs, and any delay or default in such payments could adversely affect Houston Electric’s cash flows, financial condition and results of operations.
In connection with the February 2021 Winter Storm Event, there have been calls for reform of the Texas electric market, which, if implemented, could have material adverse impacts on Houston Electric.

Risk Factors Affecting Natural Gas’ Business (CenterPoint Energy and CERC)

Rate regulation of Natural Gas may delay or deny its ability to earn an expected return and fully recover its costs.
Access to natural gas supplies and pipeline transmission and storage capacity are essential components of reliable service for Natural Gas’ customers.
Natural Gas is subject to fluctuations in notional natural gas prices, which could affect the ability of its suppliers and customers to meet their obligations or otherwise adversely affect CERC’s liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.
A decline in CERC’s credit rating could result in CERC having to provide collateral under its shipping arrangements or to purchase natural gas, which consequently would increase its cash requirements and adversely affect its financial condition.
Natural Gas must compete with alternate energy sources, which could result in less natural gas delivered and have an adverse impact on CERC’s results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Risk Factors Affecting ESG’s Business (CenterPoint Energy)

ESG’s business has performance and warranty obligations, some of which are guaranteed by CenterPoint Energy.

Risk Factors Affecting Our Businesses and/or CenterPoint Energy’s Interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP

We are subject to operational and financial risks and liabilities arising from environmental laws and regulations, including regulation of CCR and climate change legislation as well as other risks related to the implementation of our carbon emissions reduction targets. We could also experience reduced demand for our services, including certain local initiatives to prohibit new natural gas service and increase electrification initiatives.
The February 2021 Winter Storm Event has caused severe disruptions to our customers and our markets in certain of our jurisdictions and could have a material adverse impact to our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and liquidity.
CenterPoint Energy may be unable to effectively complete the integration of the businesses acquired in the Merger, including the integration of technology systems, for which significant time and resources have been allocated thereto.
Our revenues and results of operations are seasonal.