Crius Energy Inks New Agreement with Cincinnati Bell; Extends Successful Marketing Relationship

  Crius Energy Inks New Agreement with Cincinnati Bell; Extends Successful
  Marketing Relationship

Three Year Marketing Contract Brings Together Cincinnati Bell’s Customer Base
      and Crius Energy’s Superior Natural Gas and Green Energy Offerings

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- May 1, 2013

Crius Energy, parent company to leading retail energy providers nationwide,
today announced it has renewed its agreement with Cincinnati Bell to continue
marketing clean burning natural gas and green energy through Cincinnati Bell
Energy (CBE). Effective earlier this month, the three year extension
demonstrates Crius Energy’s continued leadership in telecom and energy
provider partnerships.

“The renewal of the relationship signifies the trust and confidence Cincinnati
Bell places in Crius Energy to deliver the highest quality products and
services to its customers through CBE,” said Michael Fallquist, CEO of Crius
Energy. “As the first of Crius’ telecom partnerships, Cincinnati Bell’s
ongoing excitement and interest in engagement represents a key milestone
showing the sustainability of this business model and this channel. We are
pleased to continue to work with a partner of Cincinnati Bell’s caliber and
expect this will continue to represent a growing segment of the Crius
business.”

In June of 2011, Crius pioneered this business model, launching green
electricity offerings through Cincinnati Bell’s inbound call center. The
marketing relationship has progressed to include natural gas as well as green
electricity options offered through Cincinnati Bell’s call center as well as
its retail stores.

“Crius Energy, through CBE, has been an effective partnership for Cincinnati
Bell as we strive to offer unique, quality products for our customers,” said
Darrick Zucco, Vice President & General Manager, Cincinnati Bell. “CBE has
provided a new channel for growth for Cincinnati Bell, allowing us to add
another venue to differentiate our offerings from our competition. The
commitment of another three years exhibits the importance of energy as part of
our core customer offering. We are proud to continue this association.”

Crius Energy first created these types of associations with Cincinnati Bell,
rapidly developing the channel by signing partnerships with telecom giants
Frontier Communications and FairPoint Communications. For more information,
please visit us at www.criusenergy.com.

About Crius Energy LLC

Crius Energy, LLC is one of the largest independent energy retailers operating
in the United States, with approximately 515,000 residential customer
equivalents. The Company serves residential and small to medium-size
commercial customers in the United States and markets its products through a
variety of sales channels and brand names. The Company currently sells
electricity in 12 states and the District of Columbia and natural gas in four
states.

About Cincinnati Bell Energy

Cincinnati Bell Energy is a local provider of affordable retail energy. The
company provides electricity generated by 100 percent wind power as well as
natural gas to customers in southwestern Ohio. Cincinnati Bell Energy is a
subsidiary of Crius Energy LLC and the company uses the Cincinnati Bell Energy
name under a license agreement with Cincinnati Bell, Inc. For more
information, visit www.cincinnatibellenergy.com

About Cincinnati Bell

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) provides
integrated communications solutions - including local and long distance voice,
data, high-speed internet, entertainment and wireless services - that keep
residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected
with each other and with the world. In addition, enterprise customers across
the United States rely on Cincinnati Bell for efficient, scalable office
communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. Cincinnati Bell also is
the majority owner of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which provides best-in-class
data center colocation services to enterprise customers through its facilities
with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in
the Midwest, Texas, Arizona, London and Singapore. For more information,
please visit www.cincinnatibell.com.

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Contact:

Coltrin & Associates, for Crius Energy
Jennifer Webb, 212-221-1616
Jennifer_Webb@Coltrin.com
 
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