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Reliant Launches Free Weekends with a Nest Thermostat

  Reliant Launches Free Weekends with a Nest Thermostat

 Free Weekends Plan is Newest Offering to Bring Home a Nest and Start Saving

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- April 22, 2013

When Friday night rolls around, be sure to put your feet up and save. With the
Reliant Free Weekends^SM 24 plan, customers get 24 months of price security, a
free energy charge all weekend long, plus the opportunity to save energy with
a Nest Learning Thermostat^TM. That’s cool savings and potential energy
conservation without lifting a finger.

The Reliant Free Weekends ^ 24 plan is the first of its kind and the second
Reliant plan to include a Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest learns about the
customer’s lifestyle to automatically adjust the temperature when family
members are home or away, making it even easier to manage energy use.

The new Reliant Free Weekends 24 plan reflects the expansion of Reliant’s
successful partnership with Nest Labs, Inc. that began in 2012 with the
Reliant Learn & Conserve^SM plan featuring the Nest Learning Thermostat^TM.
Reliant was the first and only retail electricity provider in Texas to offer
the Nest Learning Thermostat to help customers understand and conserve energy
use.

To further Reliant’s commitment of giving customers the tools to better manage
their energy use, Reliant has combined its Degrees of Difference program with
the smart features of the Nest, making energy conservation effortless. The
Reliant Degrees of Difference program offers customers the opportunity to earn
credits on their electricity bill when they are able to conserve during times
of expected high electricity usage.

“As the first electricity provider in Texas to offer the Nest, Reliant is
delighted to expand our relationship to provide Texas consumers more
innovative products and services that include the Nest thermostat,” said
Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger. “We are passionate about providing
customers smart tools to help save electricity, and our new plans featuring
the Nest will help Texans join forces to reduce electricity usage during peak
periods when the state needs it most.”

With the Reliant Degrees of Difference program and the Reliant Free Weekends
24 plan, in addition to the Reliant Learn & Conserve plan, consumers have
three ways to take advantage of hassle-free energy conservation with Nest. The
Nest learns about the customer’s lifestyle and automatically adjusts the
temperature accordingly. And, the customer is always in control by using the
device or mobile app.

“The Nest is simple to use and our Airwave feature alone can help reduce AC
runtime by up to 30 percent,” said Matt Rogers, Nest Labs, Inc. founder and
Vice President of Engineering. “We are thrilled to expand our work with
Reliant, and we’re looking forward to continuing to find new ways to help
introduce savings and energy awareness into more homes.”

Options with the Nest

With three options featuring the Nest thermostat, Reliant is giving consumers
the tools and information they need to better manage their electricity use and
change the way they think about energy. The options include:

  *The Reliant Free Weekends 24 plan offers a competitive price during the
    week and a free energy charge from 8pm Friday until 12am Monday. By
    shifting electricity use to the weekends, customers can save money and
    help ease the demand on the state’s electricity grid. The plan is
    available starting April 26.
  *The Reliant Learn & Conserve^SM 24 plan is a fixed-price plan that
    provides customers with one free Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest
    thermostat learns a customer’s preferred temperature and keeps them
    comfortable while helping save on energy.
  *The Reliant Degrees of Difference with Nest program offers customers the
    opportunity to earn credits on their electricity bills when they are able
    to reduce electricity usage during periods of high demand also known as
    energy rush hours. This program helps customers support their communities
    by helping ease the strain on the electric grid during these energy rush
    hours. Combining the existing Reliant Degrees of Difference program with
    the smart features of the Nest makes saving electricity effortless.

About Reliant

Reliant provides electricity, energy services and smart energy solutions to
homes, businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and
institutions in Texas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As part of NRG (NYSE: NRG),
Reliant is backed by a Fortune 300 company that is at the forefront of
changing how people think about and use energy. NRG is a pioneer in developing
cleaner and smarter energy choices for its customers. NRG’s diverse power
generating facilities can support over 40 million homes nationwide, and its
retail businesses collectively serve more than 2.2 million customers in 10
states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Reliant
products and services, please visit www.reliant.com. Connect with Reliant on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/reliantenergy and on Twitter @reliantenergy.

Contact:

Reliant
Pat Hammond, 713.537.2157
phammond@reliant.com