Direct Energy Partners with Nest to Bring Energy Savings Offers to Customers in North America

 Direct Energy Partners with Nest to Bring Energy Savings Offers to Customers
                               in North America

Leading electric service provider and thermostat innovator deliver home energy
management solutions in key U.S., Canadian restructured markets

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, May 15, 2014

HOUSTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Energy,  one of North America's
largest energy and energy-related services providers, today announced that it
has teamed up with Nest, the company that created the Nest Learning
Thermostat™, to offer tens of millions of electricity customers an innovative
and convenient solution for managing home and small business energy usage.
Direct Energy plans to make available an offer that includes the Nest Learning
Thermostat, giving customers the opportunity to save on energy costs and
reduce energy use in time for the hot summer months.

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The partnership represents a substantial commitment by Direct Energy to bring
Nest's Learning Thermostat to its key markets in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic,
Northeast, New England, and Canada. More details about the offer will be
available by June 1.

"We're focused on giving customers across Canada and the U.S. greater
convenience, control and empowerment in managing energy use in their homes and
small businesses, along with competitive low rates," said Direct Energy
president and CEO Badar Khan. "The Nest Learning Thermostat is an innovative
product that helps Direct Energy deliver not just electricity, but a real
boost in household and small business management power."

"Small changes in Nest's settings – made automatically or with fingertip
control via a mobile app – can make a big difference in energy use and costs,"
said Manu Asthana, president, Direct Energy Residential. "This partnership
with Nest allows us to bring to bear the resources of not only our residential
business, but also our commercial and home services businesses to ensure that
our customers are receiving the full benefits of the Nest Learning
Thermostat."

The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adjusts temperature settings based
on learning customers' energy use patterns and eliminates programming hassles
by creating a personalized temperature schedule. With heating and cooling
accounting for approximately 50 percent of the average household energy bill,
Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping reduce energy consumption.
Since its launch in October 2011, Nest has earned rave reviews and awards and
helped people across the U.S., Canada and U.K. save energy.

"In partnership with energy providers, the Nest Learning Thermostat, along
with Nest energy services, has saved an incredible amount of energy," said Ben
Bixby, general manager, Nest Energy Services. "Following our successful
partnership with Direct Energy in Alberta, Canada, we are excited to expand
the relationship and bring our energy-savings solution to even more people
across North America."

In some markets, Direct Energy will also offer customers other incentives for
the Nest Learning Thermostat, as well Nest's Rush Hour Rewards™ and Seasonal
Savings™ services. Rush Hour Rewards helps people earn money or credits from
their energy provider by using less energy when everyone else is using more.
With Seasonal Savings, a Nest Learning Thermostat uses its knowledge of a
customer's schedule and preferences to make gradual temperature adjustments to
help save energy. Both services are powered by Nest's proprietary Auto-Tune™
technology and offered only through Nest's energy partners.

In February, Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer the Nest Learning
Thermostat to customers in Alberta who sign up for the 5-Year Comfort and
Control Dual Fuel plan. This industry-leading offer lets customers pay a
flexible natural gas price with the security of a winter cap and an
electricity price that is fixed for the five-year term of the contract.

For more information, visit www.directenergy.com.

Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related
services providers with six million residential and commercial customer
relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in
managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and
services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading
integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the
District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

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SOURCE Direct Energy

Website: http://www.directenergy.com
Contact: Micah Hirschfield, Direct Energy, 713-877-3805 office, 281-908-6597
mobile, Micah.Hirschfield@directenergy.com, or Jessica Michan, Direct Energy,
713-904-7488 office, 714-805-7306 mobile, Jessica.Michan@directenergy.com
 
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