SOURCE: Premier Alliance Group, Inc.

Premier Alliance Group, Inc.

March 07, 2012 08:30 ET

Premier Alliance Awarded Largest Contract of Its Kind for California Steel Industries

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - Mar 7, 2012) - Premier Alliance Group, Inc (OTCBB: PIMO), a professional services company focused on business and technology advisory and consulting services and solutions, today announced that its recent acquisition and Energy Division, Greenhouse Holdings, has been engaged to implement Southern California Edison's (SCE) Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) program for California Steel Industries, Inc. (CSI). Premier will implement Auto-DR and automation technologies inside CSI's 450-acre Fontana, CA facility. The project will be one of the largest energy management systems of its kind in the country.

"This strategic win clearly positions Premier as an expert in the Auto-DR space and is a testament to the professionalism and expertise of the Energy Division's consultants and engineers," said Mark Elliott, CEO of Premier Alliance. "A project of this scale truly exemplifies the value that automation and energy demand management can bring to both the provider, in this case Southern California Edison, as well as the utility customer."

Premiers' Greenhouse division is a leading provider of energy efficiency services and solutions and sustainable infrastructure products. The company is a qualified service provider of SCE's Auto-DR program, providing site assessment and audits, feasibility studies, project development, engineering, and installation of enabling technologies including complete processing of all utility documents. CSI will be provided a comprehensive, fully automated energy management and control system complete with a customized software platform that will interface with specific process equipment and all of the HVAC and lighting in the facility. Once completed CSI will be able to reliably load shed a significant amount of electricity.

About Automated Demand Response

The Auto-DR program offers significant financial incentives and technical support to Southern California Edison (SCE) customers willing to install equipment that enables participation in demand response events versus depending on their employees to perform all the curtailment activities manually when required. Normally, control systems (automation) are installed with the programming needed to achieve reductions in electricity consumption during peak periods of demand on the grid. "Participants in SCE's Auto-DR program are in 100% control of the actual curtailment measures implemented on an event-to-event basis," stated Robert Davis, Senior Vice President of Energy Services. "Additionally the systems commonly implemented for Auto-DR participation are fully capable of being used to improve productivity and equipment operating efficiencies as well as provide users with information that can augment routine and emergency operations and maintenance regimens."

About Premier Alliance Group, Inc.

Premier Alliance Group, Inc. (OTCBB: PIMO) is a leading provider of business and technology advisory and consulting services. Practice areas of expertise encompass Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Business Performance & Technology, and Finance & Accounting as we assist clients with Risk Management, Compliance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Organizational Effectiveness, Project/Program Management, Information Management, Architecture and Software Development. Premier's Greenhouse division is a leading provider of energy efficiency and sustainable facilities solutions. The division designs, engineers and installs solutions and technologies that enable its clients to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint. Its target markets for energy efficiency solutions include government and military, as well as commercial, residential and industrial markets. In addition, the division develops, designs and constructs rapidly deployable, sustainable facilities primarily for use in disaster relief and security in austere regions. Premier Alliance Group is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit www.premieralliance.com.

About California Steel Industries, Inc.

California Steel Industries is the leading producer of flat rolled steel products in the western United States (the 11 states located west of the Rocky Mountains), with a broad range of products, including hot rolled, cold rolled, and galvanized sheet and electric resistant welded pipe. Located in Fontana, California, CSI has slightly less than 900 employees. For more information, please visit www.californiasteel.com.

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