Accent Energy acquires Northern Illinois commercial and industrial customers from Nicor Energy

DUBLIN, Ohio and LISLE, Ill., April 2, 2003 — Accent Energy Group LLC has announced the acquisition of approximately 1,700 commercial and industrial customer accounts in deregulated natural gas markets across northern Illinois.

The accounts were acquired from Nicor Energy, a retail energy marketer owned equally by Nicor Inc. and Dynegy (NYSE:DYN). Accent Energy currently serves natural gas customers throughout California.

Accent Energy Group is led by Founder and Chairman, Lance W. Schneier, who has a strong history in Chicago as a pioneer in natural gas marketing through Access Energy, the company he previously founded.

“We’re excited to return to Northern Illinois as Accent Energy,” said Lance W. Schneier. “We will deliver innovative pricing solutions and excellent customer service to our new customers.”

Nicor Energy President Kevin Kirby stated: “We are pleased to have Accent Energy enter the Illinois market. We’re confident they will continue to provide our former customers with reliable supplies and excellent customer service.”

Accent Energy will continue to honor the natural gas contracts. Customers do not have to take any action at this time and will be notified by letter in the coming days.

Nicor Energy announced several months ago its decision to exit the retail energy business. “This transaction with Accent Energy completes our efforts to assign all our customers to a qualified energy supplier,” said Kevin Kirby. “Our focus will now turn to an orderly and expeditious closing of Nicor Energy.”

Customers with questions may contact Accent Energy at (800) 928-7775 or visit their website at

Accent Energy helps businesses and industries manage their energy requirements by providing them with reliable supplies of natural gas and electricity, innovative pricing solutions and superior customer service. It is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

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