Texas Retailers Association pledges continued participation in Texas Commercial Energy’s aggregated purchasing program

PLANO, Texas, April 22, 2003 — With support from key customers, Texas Commercial Energy (TCE) continues to successfully build its customer base. While signing new commercial customers and re-signing customers that were switched, TCE received declaration of continued support from the Texas Retailers Association (TRA).

According to Chuck Courtney, CAE, president of TRA, “The Texas Retailers Association has been very involved in the transition to a competitive marketplace for electricity in Texas since the legislature first considered the issue in 1999.

“TRA believes TCE’s continued presence in this marketplace is essential to the success of deregulation and provides a real choice for our members as they seek competitive bids to meet their energy needs,” Courtney continued.

The Texas Retailers Association, representing over 2,000 companies and corporations operating thousands of stores, offers its members many cost-savings programs to assist them in operating profitably and efficiently. TRA was one of the first associations to take advantage of TCE’s Power in NumbersSM aggregated purchasing program.

Courtney explained that TRA continues to value TCE’s participation in deregulation and to encourage its qualifying members to seek energy savings through Power in NumbersSM.

Michael Shirley, president and CEO of TCE said, “It is a positive sign that TRA and other commercial class trade organizations like them continue to support TCE. Strong customer support is what will allow TCE to emerge from reorganization as a stronger and more effective competitor in Texas’ retail electric market.”

Shirley added, “TRA was a very active proponent of a competitive electric market. It bodes well for all Texas businesses to see that deregulation continues to provide notable benefits to Texas businesses.”

“Currently, TCE is serving more than 1,000 commercial customers across Texas with more than 5,000 meter locations,” Shirley noted. “In our commitment to unequivocal customer service, TCE continues to offer the energy industry’s only guaranteed switching and billing process.”

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