Vectren And CenterPoint Energy Announce Merger Of Companies

first_imgEarly this morning, CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, to form a leading energy delivery, infrastructure and services company serving more than 7 million customers across the United States.CenterPoint Energy is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than 5 million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint has nearly 8,000 employees.I want to ensure you and all customers that this agreement will have no impact on you or your energy service while this transaction progresses toward closing, and we will continue to reliably and safely serve our 1.2 million gas and electric customers now and well into the future as the newly combined company moves forward.Today’s news marks the next chapter for Vectren and its subsidiary companies. CenterPoint is the right partner because they demonstrate the values and commitment to customers and communities long demonstrated by Vectren. Together, we will be a stronger, more competitive company that will be well-positioned to continue to provide value for all of our stakeholders in the years to come.CenterPoint is committed to all of Vectren’s stakeholders as evidenced by the terms of this agreement:• The combined company’s natural gas utilities operations will be headquartered in Evansville, Ind., where Vectren utility operations are currently based today; the combined utility will serve ~4.5 million natural gas customers in eight states.• Indiana electric operations will remain headquartered in Evansville; CenterPoint will establish a chief business officer for Vectren’s electric business, who will directly report to CenterPoint’s CEO and spearhead southwestern Indiana’s electric grid modernization and generation transition initiatives recently underway.• In addition to utility field employees, CenterPoint Energy will retain key operational activities in support of the utilities in Evansville.• The Vectren Foundation will remain based in Evansville, and employee volunteerism and grants will continue within the communities we serve. In fact, CenterPoint will fund the Foundation at an additional $3 million per year over the next five years (once the transaction is closed).• Vectren and CenterPoint have made significant commitments to employees to preserve opportunities as the integration process gets underway.The transaction must be approved by several federal regulatory agencies, and Vectren’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions must be satisfied before the parties can close. The parties will also make regulatory filings in Indiana and Ohio. This process will take several months and the parties are targeting closing the transaction by the first quarter of 2019.As you can imagine, we are actively communicating with a number of stakeholders, and our focus is very much on the customers we serve and our employees who help deliver that service. We pledge to continue to keep you updated as this integration process moves forward. Today is the beginning of a bright future for the evolution of our company, and we are optimistic about becoming part of the CenterPoint Energy family.Regards,Carl ChapmanChairman, President and CEOVectren Corporation Customers to expect same level of safe and reliable servicecenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

5 New Microsoft 365 Features That Will Change How You Work

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At Build 2019, Microsoft showed off several new features designed to keep users and business using Windows 10 and Office 365 software.Here are the biggest features announced for Microsoft 365 at Build 2019.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? 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Microsoft will also integrate what it calls intelligent agents, or AI-powered bots that help you gather data, pull up photo suggests and translate languages.Fluid will be available to developers later this year, while the first uses of Fluent in Microsoft 365 should come to consumers not long after.Windows Hello on 365Windows Hello password-less authentication is coming to more apps and services now that the login method has gained FIDO2 certification. That means Hello adheres to a strict set of specifications crafted to improve security, protect people’s privacy and solve the annoyances caused by username and passwords.Now that Hello is FIDO2 certified, any website or application can use the fingerprint sensor or IR camera on your Windows 10 laptop for authentication. To further Microsoft’s goal for ridding the internet of passwords, the company is extending support for passwordless account sign-in to Firefox and “other browsers.” Users can already login to their Microsoft account on the latest version of Edge.Ideas in Word OnlineMicrosoft is bringing several features from its discrete Word program to Word Online. Called Ideas in Word, those features include Word Designer, Time-to-Read and Highlight Extraction, or the ability to pull highlighted text into a separate document.In a demo, Microsoft showed how Word Online uses artificial intelligence to improve your writing. In one example, the AI suggested changing “chairman” to “chairperson” to make the language gender inclusive. The Ideas feature also provided suggestions to replace clunky phrases, making the document easier to read. Ideas in Word will be available to Windows Insiders in June before a wider roll out this Fall.Microsoft SearchMicrosoft unveiled a new search service that uses AI technology from Bing and insight from Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Search is designed for enterprise users as a way to improve search across an entire organization.Details are somewhat vague, but the software giant said that it would overhaul the search experience across 365 brands, including SharePoint, OneDrive, Office, Bing and Windows. Those changes include moving the search box to a more prominent location as well as zero-query typing (suggestions will autofill before you start typing), key-phrase suggestion and a query history feature. Microsoft assured that IT teams would have access to the most popular searches across an organization, but not vision into the search history of individuals.MORE: Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Rumors, Release Date, Price and What We WantMicrosoft Search will launch to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 commercial subscription at the end of May.Cortana Skills KitBusinesses will soon be able to build their own custom Cortana skills using a new development kit for enterprises. The platform will let businesses create their own tools based around the voice assistant.The development kit is currently in a limited private preview, and Microsoft did not disclose a wider launch date.Credit: Microsoft Phillip Tracy, Author Biocenter_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy,last_img read more