Retail electric provider Cirro Energy begins serving greater Houston

DALLAS, July 1, 2002 — Cirro Energyà¢â€ž- officials have announced that the Texas based company has begun offering service to Houston area businesses and residents.

The Retail Electric Provider opened its first Houston office at 11011 Brooklet Drive on May 1, 2002. Cirro, which began serving customers in North Texas earlier this year, is creating new competition in the power industry by expanding throughout the state with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Houston.

“The goal of deregulation is to provide choice to consumers, ultimately giving them a way to better control their power consumption and lower electric bills through choice,” said Cirro CEO Tim Rogers. “Cirro has been empowering consumers in North Texas since the beginning of deregulation; now we are bringing competition to Houston. From the tremendous response to our products and services, we know that the people in this area are ready to benefit from deregulation with a company that has proven its commitment to lower energy costs and improved customer service. We believe that Cirro’s entry into this market will signal a new era of competition that will ultimately benefit the consumer.”

Cirro was established in Plano, Texas, in 2001. Significant growth in its customer-base has led the company to add more locations and expand its staff. Cirro expects to be empowering customers statewide by the end of 2002.

“Cirro has attracted residential and business consumers with competitive energy prices, advanced management tools, outstanding program choices and superior customer service, as well as innovative products and services tailored to customer needs,” stated Cirro executive vice president Tim Bell. “As Cirro grows, we plan to offer a full line of utility services including energy, Internet access and telecommunications based on the same business principles. From e-commerce applications to on-demand usage reporting, Cirro puts the tools to manage utility usage in the customers’ hands.”

CapRock Communications founders Tim Rogers and Tim Terrell were two of the partners that established Cirro. In just a few short years, Cirro’s executive team turned CapRock into the premier Integrated Communications Provider in the southwestern United States. Beginning with three people, CapRock grew to more than 1,000 employees and became one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Dallas. CapRock later became a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq stock exchange and ultimately was sold to McLeod USA in December 2000.

“The same lessons and opportunities we found during deregulation of the telecommunications market are applicable to the deregulated electricity industry,” added Rogers. “Based on that experience, we built Cirro to be more responsive, flexible, cost-effective and dedicated to customer needs than any other company in the industry. Our team looks forward to proving that Houstonites can share in the benefits of deregulation with Cirro.”

The Houston Cirro office is now officially open. Consumers can visit in person, call (832) 328-1494 or visit to begin controlling their power consumption and costs.

About Cirro Corp.

The customer-focused and service-oriented company provides bundled utility services — including electricity, telecommunications and Internet access — to business and residential customers. Cirro offers multiple service package options as well as the tools to control, monitor and adjust service usage in real-time. The company is led by a management team with successful experience in deregulated markets. For more information on Cirro, visit .

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