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July 01, 2009 08:04 ET

Direct Energy Business: Pittsburgh To Be Green For G-20 Summit

Direct Energy Business to Green City of Pittsburgh for G-20 Summit

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2009) - Direct Energy Business, one of North America's leading commercial and industrial energy retail suppliers, announced it plans to green the electricity usage of the city of Pittsburgh for both days of the G-20 Summit by securing Green-e Energy certified Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, generated from renewable energy sources located in Pennsylvania and Texas.

"Pittsburgh will be on the world stage as we host the G-20 Summit," said Maura Clark, president of Direct Energy Business. "We wanted to do something to further demonstrate the fact that Pittsburgh is a city at the forefront of leveraging alternate energy sources to promote economic stability. Direct Energy Business recognizes that protecting the environment through sustainable business practices such as investing in renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency strategies have become essential for today's businesses."

Direct Energy Business will calculate the amount of independently verified RECs required to green Pittsburgh on September 24th and 25th based on electricity usage data provided by local utility, Duquesne Light Company. Direct Energy Business will offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity used in the City through the permanent retirement of Green-e Energy certified RECs.

Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, said, "As an organization dedicated to greening Pittsburgh through community gardens and the TreeVitalize program, and that supports renewable energy, we are very pleased to see Direct Energy Business take this step to 'green' the city during the G-20 summit."

This greening program follows last month's media event hosted by Direct Energy Business featuring state leaders, including Governor Edward G. Rendell, where the Company announced its five-year, $2.5 million Committed To Pennsylvania initiative and its expanded Pennsylvania operations; more information is available at

Dr. Alan Miciak, Dean of the John F. Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, and creator of the school's globally ranked Sustainability MBA, is also pleased to see the blending of renewables with the G-20 Summit. "We created our Sustainability MBA to incorporate the bedrock elements of ethics and fiscal responsibility into a program with environmental and human capital considered part of the bottom line," noted Miciak. "It's heartening to see Direct Energy Business connect the same dots with their global-impact renewable efforts."

Direct Energy Business is currently assisting over 1,000 organizations across the Commonwealth in taking control of their energy costs and has more Pennsylvania-based employees than any other competitive retail energy supplier. "We are committed to helping other businesses succeed by offering competitive electricity and related services to small, medium and large-sized organizations in Pennsylvania," added Ms. Clark. "We are thrilled that an international audience will see the reasons Direct Energy Business chose Pittsburgh as our North American headquarters."

About Direct Energy Business:

Direct Energy Business is one of North America's largest commercial retail energy suppliers and a Direct Energy company. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Direct Energy Business is dedicated to helping customers make cost-effective choices for their electricity and natural gas requirements. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Direct Energy Business serves nearly 50,000 customers in 14 states, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces. Direct Energy is wholly owned by Centrica plc. (LSE:CNA) one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. To learn more, visit

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