Cleco Corp. : Cleco sends crews to assist OGE in Oklahoma City

        Cleco Corp. : Cleco sends crews to assist OGE in Oklahoma City

PINEVILLE, La., May 21, 2013 -Cleco is preparing to send a 34-member crew to
Oklahoma City todayto help Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OGE) restore
power to customers after yesterday's devastating tornado destroyed its
electric system. The crew is expected to arrive in Oklahoma tomorrow.

"After seeing the damage that resulted from this horrific tornado, our crews
are leaving with the expectation of not repairing lines for OGE but helping
them rebuild their system," said Floyd Pittman, Cleco's mutual assistance
coordinator. "Our hearts go out to the families that have experienced loss,
and we know of no better way to help them than bringing back power so they can
begin to rebuild."

OGE serves more than 801,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. At
this time, approximately 30,000 customers are reporting power outages.

"Over the years, we've enjoyed a close working relationship with OGE," said
Pittman. "We are ready to help each other at any time. Because of past
hurricanes, we know what it is like to have your electric grid destroyed and
customers unable to report outages because their homes are no longer standing.
It is a desperate feeling. However, we also know the hope you feel when you
see the trucks from other companies arriving to help. We are pleased to offer
our assistance to OGE, and we are prepared to stay and work for as long as
they need us."

Cleco is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange's mutual assistance
program where member utilities offer power restoration assistance after major
weather events.

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.
Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which
ownsnine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,565 megawatts
and serves approximately 283,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail
business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale
power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream
Resources LLC, which owns two generating units with a total nameplate capacity
of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit

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