Champion Energy Services Approved as Energy Services Company in New York

Expansion Gives Company Footprint in 7 Deregulated States

HOUSTON, TX, October 4, 2012 - Scott Fordham, president and chief executive officer, today announced that Champion Energy Services, LLC (www.championenergyservices.com) received approval to become a supplier of electricity in New York and plans to begin serving electric customers during the second quarter of 2013.

Champion Energy Services filed on September 4, 2012 to serve residential and nonresidential electric customers in the service territories of Consolidated Edison, Central Hudson, National Grid, Orange and Rockland, Rochester Gas & Electric, Long Island Power Authority and New York State Electric and Gas.  The New York Department of Public Service recently approved Champion Energy’s application to become an Energy Services Company (ESCO).

“Our entry into New York's deregulated electricity markets is a logical next step for Champion Energy Services," said Fordham. "We look forward to building on our successful track record in the Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland markets as Champion Energy again extends its footprint. Our company is excited to bring competitive rates, exceptional customer care and flexible solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers across New York."

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About Champion Energy Services

www.championenergyservices.com

Houston-based Champion Energy Services is one of the fastest-growing and largest retail electric providers (REPs) in the nation and one of the top REPs never to have been affiliated with a utility. Champion Energy currently serves residential, governmental, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; governmental, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio and Maryland; and natural gas customers in Illinois. The company has ranked “Highest in Residential Customer Satisfaction with Retail Electric Service, Three Years in a Row” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2012 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Studiessm.* Backed by the financial strength of Texas-based Crane Capital and EDF Trading North America, LLC, the company currently serves more than 1.4 million residential customer equivalents, with a peak load near 3,600 megawatts. PUCT No. 10098, PA PUC license A-2009-2124113, Ohio PUC certificate 09-166E(1), Illinois (ICC) docket 10-0168, New Jersey BPU license ESL-0082 and Maryland IR-2196.

* For J.D. Power and Associates award information, go to www.jdpower.com.

CONTACT: Scott Fordham, President & Chief Executive Officer, +1-281-653-1813, sfordham@championenergyservices.com

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Houston-based Champion Energy Services is one of the fastest-growing and largest retail electric providers in the nation and one of the largest never to be affiliated with a utility. Champion Energy currently serves residential, governmental, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland and plans to begin serving customers natural gas in Illinois in the third quarter of 2012. The company has ranked “Highest in Residential Customer Satisfaction with Retail Electric Service, Two Years in a Row” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Studies℠.* Backed by the financial strength of Texas-based Crane Capital and EDF Trading North America, LLC, the company serves 1,000,000 residential customer equivalents, with a peak load of near 2,600 megawatts. PUCT No. 10098, PA PUC license A-2009-2124113, Ohio PUC certificate 09-166E(1), Illinois (ICC) docket 10-0168, New Jersey BPU license ESL-0082 and Maryland IR-2196.