|Green Mountain Energy Company Selected to Participate in City of Houston's Consumer Choice Initiative|
Company offering two Pollution Free electricity products to Houston Residents
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Houston, TX — April 6, 2006 — Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation's leading retailer of cleaner electricity, has been selected to participate in the City of Houston's Consumer Choice Initiative (CCI) campaign. Mayor Bill White today officially launched the new CCI campaign to promote electric competition and educate Houston residential customers about making informed choices concerning their electricity supplier.
Green Mountain Energy Company will offer Houstonians two different Pollution Freesm electricity products that are competitive with the local electric provider's Price to Beat: Pollution Free and Pollution Free-Reliable Rate.
Pollution Free — generated solely from wind and water and sold at a price that is the same as the incumbent provider's Price to Beat as approved by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas.
Pollution Free — Reliable Rate — generated solely from wind and water and sold at a fixed price of 16¢ per kilowatt-hour, which is less than the average per kWh rate under the current incumbent provider's Price to Beat for an average customer using 1,000 kWh per month. This rate is guaranteed through December 31, 2006.
Houston residents can l earn more about signing up for Green Mountain Energy Company's Pollution Free electricity offerings by visiting the City of Houston's Consumer Choice Initiative Web site: www.power.houstontx.gov/portal. The Web site will go live on Thursday, April 6, 2006.
"We urge Houstonians to become informed power consumers," Mayor White announced. "There are a range of electricity offers available including pollution free alternatives which reduce harmful emissions."
In fact, by choosing Pollution Free electricity over typical system power, a Texas household with average monthly usage of 1,000 kWh can prevent more than 1,700 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution a year — as much as a car would produce in almost 2,000 miles of driving. This is a significant reduction in the average American household's share of CO2 emissions.
"We are honored to participate in this Consumer Choice Initiative, and we applaud the Mayor for recognizing the importance of consumer choice and especially for educating consumers about the benefits of pollution free electricity from renewable sources," said Paul Thomas, president and CEO of Green Mountain Energy Company. "Most people don't know that making electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States. Green Mountain Energy Company provides customers with an easy way to purchase clean, affordable electricity."
Additionally, Houstonians will be hearing more about why they should switch to Green Mountain Energy® Electricity in the coming weeks as a result of the company's new advertising campaign currently underway. The campaign, which consists of TV, radio and in-theatre advertising, goes through June. "The campaign will remind Houston residents that it's easy to switch and that choosing Pollution Free electricity is the right thing to do as part of a healthy lifestyle," added Thomas.
Green Mountain Energy Company was the first retail electric provider in Texas to offer clean electricity. The company has been serving Houston residential and commercial customers since 2001 when the state of Texas opened the retail electricity market to competition.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation's leading retail provider of cleaner electricity products, offering residential, business, institutional and governmental customers the choice to support cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas. Since its inception, Green Mountain Energy Company has delivered more than six billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy into the market.
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