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NRG Energy Readies Disaster Relief Vehicle for Nationwide Service



  NRG Energy Readies Disaster Relief Vehicle for Nationwide Service

  – Trailer truck provides mobile emergency power for communities struck by
                                catastrophe –

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- June 18, 2013

As hurricane season begins, the employees of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) are
preparing to help affected coastal areas by championing a new concept called
“Power2Serve” – anchored by a 42-foot disaster relief vehicle and 26-foot
trailer combination designed to deliver immediate power, emergency shelter,
access to news and information and Wi-Fi internet connectivity to those in
need. The vehicle was unveiled today to crisis management officials in the
home city of NRG retail subsidiary, Reliant.

NRG Energy introduced the "Power2Serve" concept, an employee volunteer effort
in tandem with a 42-fo ...

NRG Energy introduced the "Power2Serve" concept, an employee volunteer effort
in tandem with a 42-foot disaster relief vehicle and 26-foot trailer
combination that delivers electricity through solar panels and diesel
generators, emergency shelter and other services to communities in times of
disaster. (Photo: Business Wire)

NRG purchased the commercial grade vehicle from a stock car racer and, drawing
on expertise from across the company, modified it to suit its new mission. At
the same time, approximately 400 NRG employees from across the country signed
up to staff the vehicle as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and
“ServeCrew” community volunteers. CERT members receive training in search and
rescue operations, medical response, disaster psychology, shelter operations,
and basic fire suppression. ServeCrew members are qualified to set up power
charging stations, assist residents in filling out necessary forms and
applications, and provide IT support.

“The Power2Serve vehicle is a way for NRG to be more involved in our
communities as part of future disaster relief efforts – harnessing our
collective skills and knowledge in a creative, hands-on way to respond quickly
to help affected people,” said Fran Sullivan, senior vice president of plant
operations. “It’s an opportunity for us to bring electricity to impacted
residents in times of urgent need, to do whatever we can to make their lives a
little better.”

The Power2Serve vehicle and trailer, along with three smaller, complementary
vehicles providing additional services as needed, will be dispatched in
coordination with local, state, and federal disaster relief authorities. The
large unit has sleeping accomodations for seven volunteers and is completely
self-sufficient, powered by a 10 kilowatt solar array, a 20 kilowatt diesel
generator and a 10 kilowatt auxillary diesel generator.

Additional features include:

  * An enclosed 50 x 20 foot pavilion to provide cooled or heated temporary
    shelter for residents
  * Numerous flat panel TVs to show news or weather broadcasts
  * 100 charging stations for cell phones, cameras, small tools and power
    equipment
  * Wi-Fi and satellite service, and tablet computers to access email and the
    internet

The Power2Serve initiative is just one example of NRG’s commitment to
improving the quality of life in local communities through employee-led
volunteerism, donations, and corporate grant matching. Earlier this year,
employees across the company raised $428,000 for Superstorm Sandy relief
efforts. And last year, NRG contributed $5.4 million and 17,000 volunteer
hours to benefit over 700 charitable organizations.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We
deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the
nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel,
nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is challenging
the U.S. energy industry by becoming one of the largest developers of solar
power, building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging
infrastructure, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy
solutions to better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts
of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail
electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve
more than two million customers. More information is available at
www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on
Twitter @nrgenergy.

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Contact:

NRG Energy
Media:
Karen Cleeve, 609-524-4608
David Knox, 713-537-2130
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