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Direct Energy

July 31, 2008 12:55 ET

Media Advisory/Interview Opportunity: Direct Energy and James Wall Available to Comment on Rising Residential Gas Prices in Manitoba

Improving Energy Efficiency: One Way Manitoban's Can Save

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) -

What: Residential natural gas costs will rise in Manitoba starting August
first and utilities are already preparing for commodity rate increases
of up to 20 per cent this year. The hikes coincide with increased
prices at the pumps, airline tickets and other commodities being
driven by the sky high price of oil. Direct Energy customers who are
on a fixed-priced contract will not be affected by this increase.

While customers don't have the power to change the factors that
influence market prices - including weather, supply and demand - they
do have choices in how they buy their natural gas, and ways to improve
the energy efficiency in their home.

Who: Direct Energy and James Wall have spokespeople available to discuss:

- The benefits of upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace to save
money on your heating bill as well as help the environment

- The type of high-efficiency furnaces that would receive the
government's new, short-term rebates

- How long term contracts can help consumers manage fluctuating gas

- Causes of upward pressure on Manitoba's gas prices for the years

- Low tech ways to help improve the energy efficiency in your home

- How a competitive energy market drives innovation, service and
long-term investment in infrastructure.

When: Please contact Alison Mullen at 416-355-7421 or to schedule an interview.

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