Direct Energy To Be Grand Sponsor Of Holiday Parade, "Green" City Of Harrisburg

     Direct Energy To Be Grand Sponsor Of Holiday Parade, "Green" City Of

Energy provider supplies Renewable Energy Credits and sponsorship for annual

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Nov. 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Direct Energy announced today
that it will once again be the grand sponsor for Harrisburg's 26^th annual
holiday parade. This year's parade, themed "Fairy Tale Winter," will begin at
noon on Saturday, November 17^th.


In addition to its sponsorship, Direct Energy is donating 10,463,000 Renewable
Energy Credits (RECs) toward energy consumption by residents of the City of
Harrisburg the day of the parade. RECs are non-tangible energy credits that
are generated from an eligible, "green" renewable energy resource. Residents
within the City of Harrisburg will still receive their electricity in the same
way, but by purchasing these credits, Direct Energy will help the
environmental footprint of the City of Harrisburg's and offset the impact of
electricity consumption during a time when it's at its highest.

"Having the opportunity to sponsor such a historic tradition in Pennsylvania's
capitol for the second time is such an honor," says Cory Byzewski, Vice
President for Direct Energy Residential. "We are committed to not only serving
our customers in Harrisburg, but also helping them and their families have a
happy holiday season."

Since 2009, Pittsburgh has served as Direct Energy's Business and US North
Residential headquarters with approximately 400 employees across Pennsylvania.
Through its acquisition of Clockwork Home Services, 29 small business
franchises of One Hour Heating and Cooling, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and
Mister Sparky are deployed throughout the state as well. Direct Energy has a
positive economic impact of $45 million annually in the state of Pennsylvania
and has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to help improve education
and energy efficiency outreach.

As a reflection of Direct Energy's dedication to community investment, it is
active with charitable organizations. Locally, Direct Energy recently renewed
its partnership with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) to help
local school districts cut costs on electricity. Direct Energy also partnered
with The Patriot-News earlier this year to launch the first Harrisburg
Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program. The winner, Nancy Chavez, was
given a $5,000 donation from Direct Energy for her charity, Randi's House of
Angels, a healing place for those that are victims of or exposed to domestic
violence in the Harrisburg area. Further, Chavez will serve as this year's
grand marshal in the holiday parade, as well as a judge in the parade's float

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related
services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial
customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and
support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative
products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the
world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S.
states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. 

SOURCE Direct Energy

Contact: Julie Hendry, Direct Energy, +1-412-925-6773,
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