Direct Energy Helps Canadians Fight Global Warming With First National Carbon-Neutral Natural Gas Program



    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Canadian consumers can significantly reduce
their carbon footprint through a natural gas plan created by Direct Energy.
The plan allows them to offset greenhouse gases they produce in their homes
with carbon credits that fund clean energy projects around the world.
    The Direct Energy carbon-neutral natural gas program is the only one of
its kind that is available in all Canadian markets where residential consumers
have their choice of providers, including Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and
British Columbia.
    "We are well past the tipping point on the climate change issue," said
Clinton Roeder, Direct Energy's Senior Vice President of Energy Services.
"Canadians are demanding that companies and governments work with them to
provide options that address climate change, and energy companies like Direct
Energy have a critical leadership role to play."
    For customers who choose the carbon-neutral option, Direct Energy will
buy certified carbon emission credits to offset the greenhouse gases released
into the atmosphere from the natural gas they consume. The money from the
purchase of those credits is used to fund green energy and environmental
sustainability projects around the world. By purchasing a carbon-neutral
natural gas plan, consumers can be confident that when they use natural gas
for things like appliances or heating, they are not adding to the problem of
greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change.
    "We think it's important that consumers use energy wisely because climate
change is real, and man-made carbon emissions are a major cause," said Mr.
Roeder. "But even with the very best energy conservation efforts, most of us
will still be responsible for creating greenhouse gases. A carbon-neutral plan
enables customers to have a significant impact on their own carbon footprint -
the total amount of carbon that their activities put into the atmosphere."
    Direct Energy's carbon-neutral product is just one of a wide range of
solutions the company offers to help consumers minimize their environmental
impact. The company also provides customers with choice and support in their
efforts to conserve energy through a portfolio of innovative products and
services for both residential and commercial use.

    About Direct Energy

    Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related
services providers with over 5 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 Texas, the northeastern
United States and across Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, visit
http://www.directenergy.com

    
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For further information:

For further information: Lisa Frizzell, Direct Energy, (403) 290-6835,
lisa.frizzell@directenergy.com


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