The parent of Evansville-based Vectren Corp. has unveiled plans to reduce operational emissions by 70% within the next 15 years. Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) said it also intends to cut emissions attributable to natural gas usage in residential and commercial sectors by up to 30% within 20 years.
The company, which distributes natural gas and delivers electric power to eight states, said the reduction goals are based on 2005 emission levels.
“Further reductions in our carbon footprint aligns with this commitment, and we look forward to bringing new, innovative technologies to the emissions-reduction effort, while maintaining affordability, reliability and quality of life.” said John Somerhalder, CenterPoint’s interim president and chief executive officer.
CenterPoint Energy said it also intends to provide more consumer choice for “alternative transportation fuels and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure in Texas and Indiana.”
Inside INdiana Business has reached out to Vectren to see if more specific plans for expanded EV infrastructure in Indiana are known.
CenterPoint Energy will focus on four areas:
- Partnering with customers to offer affordable conservation and energy efficiency programs
- Continuing to develop alternative fuel programs
- Collaborating with our suppliers to lower their methane emissions
- Piloting and supporting innovation.
Vectren’s service area covers about two-thirds of Indiana and parts of Ohio with about 1 million customers.