Operational Sites Owned, Leased, Managed In, or Adjacent To, Protected Areas and Areas of High Biodiversity Value Outside Protected Areas
GRI: 304-1 – Biodiversity GRI Disclosures
Geographic Area: CenterPoint Energy’s Houston Electric in Texas and Indiana and Ohio Electric Distribution and Transmission Delivery service territory. CenterPoint Energy plans to cover the entire company footprint in four years.
Houston Electric Territory
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area
Brazos Bend State Park
Sheldon Lake State Park
San Jacinto State Park
Galveston Island State Park
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Virginia Point Preserve
Katie Prairie Preserve
Coastal Heritage Preserve
Indiana Electric Territory
Harmonie State Park
Hovie Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
Twin Swamps Nature Preserve
Wabash Lowlands Wetland Conservation Area
Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area
IUCN Red List Species and National Conservation List Species with Habitats in Areas Affected by Operations
GRI: 304-4 – Biodiversity GRI Disclosures
A total of 14 federally-listed endangered species reside in – or visit seasonally – CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territories in Texas and Indiana. In these states, only two designated critical habitats are located in our service territory. During facility construction and maintenance activities, we work closely with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to avoid potential impacts, where possible, and mitigate impacts if they are impossible to avoid.
- No known IUCN red list species’ habitats in the category of “critically endangered” appear in CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory.
- Four known IUCN red list species’ habitats in the category of “endangered” occur in CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory.
- Three known IUCN red list species habitats in the category of “vulnerable” occur in CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory.
- Five known IUCN red list species with habitats in the category of “near threatened” occur in CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory.
A large number of IUCN “least concern” species occur within CenterPoint Energy’s electric service territory. Notable among these are the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), which have been delisted in recent years due to remarkable recoveries from near-extinction and benefits from CenterPoint Energy’s extensive avian protection efforts.