Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): OCTOBER 21, 2002


                            CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

            TEXAS                       1-31447                74-0694415
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)       (IRS Employer
      of incorporation)                                    Identification No.)

                1111 LOUISIANA
                HOUSTON, TEXAS                                    77002
   (Address of principal executive offices)                     (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (713) 207-3000



                  (c)      Exhibits.

                  The following exhibit is filed herewith:

                  99.1     CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Slide Presentation


         A copy of a slide presentation that CenterPoint Energy, Inc. expects
will be presented to various members of the utility industry and the financial
and investment community at the 37th Annual Edison Electric Institute Financial
Conference is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1. A copy of the slide
presentation will also be available on CenterPoint Energy's website, The slide presentation is being furnished, not filed,
pursuant to Regulation FD. Accordingly, the slide presentation will not be
incorporated by reference into any registration statement filed by CenterPoint
Energy under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, unless specifically
identified therein as being incorporated therein by reference. The furnishing of
the slide presentation is not intended to, and does not, constitute a
determination or admission by CenterPoint Energy that the information in the
slide presentation is material or complete, or that investors should consider
this information before making an investment decision with respect to any
security of CenterPoint Energy or any of its affiliates.

         Some of the statements in the slide presentation 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. In some cases, you can identify our forward-looking statements
by the words "anticipates," "believes," "continue," "could," "estimates,"
"expects," "forecast," "goal," "intends," "may," "objective," "plans,"
"potential," "predicts," "projection," "should," "will," or other similar words.

         We have based our forward-looking statements on our management's
beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the
statements are made. We caution you that assumptions, beliefs, expectations,
intentions and projections about future events may and often do vary materially
from actual results. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those
expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. 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 we undertake no
obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements.

         In addition to the matters described in the slide presentation, the
following list identifies some of the factors that could cause actual results to
differ from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements:

o    state, federal and international legislative and regulatory actions or
     developments, including deregulation, re-regulation and restructuring of
     the electric utility industry, changes in or application of laws or
     regulations applicable to other aspects of our business and actions with
     respect to, among other things:

     o   approval of stranded costs;

     o   allowed rates of return;

     o   rate structures;

     o   recovery of investments; and

     o   operation and construction of facilities;

o   non-payment for our services due to financial distress of our customers;

o   the successful and timely completion of our capital projects;

o   industrial, commercial and residential growth in our service territory and
    changes in market demand and demographic patterns;


o   changes in business strategy or development plans;

o   unanticipated changes in interest rates or rates of inflation;

o   unanticipated changes in operating expenses and capital expenditures;

o   weather variations and other natural phenomena;

o   commercial bank and financial market conditions, our access to capital, the
    cost of such capital, receipt of certain approvals under the 1935 Act and
    the results of our financing and refinancing efforts, including availability
    of funds in the debt capital markets;

o   actions by rating agencies;

o   legal and administrative proceedings and settlements;

o   changes in tax laws;

o   significant changes in our relationship with our employees, including the
    availability of qualified personnel and the potential adverse effects if
    labor disputes or grievances were to occur;

o   significant changes in critical accounting policies material to us;

o   acts of terrorism or war, including any direct or indirect effect on our
    business resulting from terrorist attacks such as occurred on September 11,
    2001 or any similar incidents or responses to those incidents;

o   the availability and price of insurance;

o   the outcome of the pending securities lawsuits against Reliant Energy,
    Incorporated and Reliant Resources, Inc.;

o   the outcome of the SEC investigation relating to the treatment in our
    consolidated financial statements of certain activities of Reliant
    Resources, Inc.;

o   the reliability of the systems, procedures and other infrastructure
    necessary to operate the retail electric business in our service territory,
    including the systems owned and operated by the independent system operator
    in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.;

o   political, legal, regulatory and economic conditions and developments in the
    United States; and

o   other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC.



         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.

    Date:  October 21, 2002                     By:  /s/ James S. Brian
                                                     James S. Brian
                                                     Senior Vice President and
                                                     Chief Accounting Officer


                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

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  99.1      CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Slide Presentation