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Lime Energy helps Central Hudson Gas & Electric exceed 2012 goal

  Lime Energy helps Central Hudson Gas & Electric exceed 2012 goal

Energy Efficient Facility Upgrades provided for nearly 1,000 Hudson Valley
small businesses

Business Wire

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- February 6, 2013

Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ: LIME) announced today they have saved businesses more
than 13,600 megawatt-hours through Central Hudson Gas & Electric's Small and
Mid-Sized Business Direct Install Programs, with an additional 5,000
megawatt-hours committed for installation. As the exclusive provider for these
programs, Lime Energy provides energy-efficient lighting facility upgrades for
business customers throughout Central Hudson's service territory, located in
the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. Lime Energy is poised to
deliver an additional 58,000 megawatt hours over the remaining course of their
four-year contract.

Central Hudson’s Direct Install Programs serve small- and medium-sized
commercial customers as well as municipalities,providingincentives that
cover up to70 percent ofthe cost of implementing these energy efficiency
projects. To date, Central Hudson has provided more than $3 million in
incentives to help nearly 1,000 businesses upgrade to energy-efficient
lighting, resulting in lower energy usage and improved lighting quality. In
addition, these businesses also lowered their operating and maintenance costs.
“We applaud Central Hudson’s commitment to New York State's energy efficiency
goals, and we are proud to partner with them,” said John O’Rourke, President
and CEO of Lime Energy. “Together we have improved small business workplaces
while saving local business owners thousands of dollars every month on their
electric bills.”

“Central Hudson exceeded their 2012 EEPS goal for their electric portfolio and
Lime played a significant role in that achievement,” said Brian Dimisko,
Division Manager of Energy Efficiency for Central Hudson. “Direct Install
Programs provide an invaluable service to our commercial electric customers.”

About Lime Energy Co

Lime Energy is a national leader in designing and implementing energy
efficiency programs for utilities, government agencies and private
enterprises. Our innovative solutions enable our clients to meet their energy
savings and carbon reduction goals across a portfolio of facilities, driving
increased profitability and competitiveness. We bring proven results and over
25 years of experience that enable us to scale energy efficiency programs to
meet increasing clean energy regulations.

About Central Hudson

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and
distribution utility company, serving approximately 300,000 electric and
75,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson
River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile
service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York
City to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson is a wholly owned
subsidiary of CH Energy Group, Inc., predominantly an energy delivery company
headquartered in Poughkeepsie, NY.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 including statements that reflect Lime Energy's current expectations
about its future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. Lime
Energy has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words
and phrases such as "may," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," “hope,”
"intends," "estimates," "plan," "should," "typical," "preliminary," or similar
expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information
currently available to Lime Energy and are subject to a number of risks,
uncertainties and other factors that could cause Lime Energy's actual results,
performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those
expressed in, or implied by, these forward- looking statements. These risks
include those described in Lime Energy's most recent Annual Report on Form
10-K or as may be described from time to time in Lime Energy's subsequent SEC
filings; such factors are incorporated here by reference.

Contact:

Lime Energy Co.
Ashley Conger, 704-892-4442
aconger@lime-energy.com