THOUSANDS OF MARYLAND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION MEMBERS TO SEE POTENTIAL SAVINGS ON ELECTRICITY COSTS MCEA teams up with Direct Energy to roll out Direct Choice program.

Baltimore, MD (9/12/2012) – Direct Energy has partnered with the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), to roll out their Direct Choice program. The program provides a fixed electricity price for MCEA members and their friends and family that participate in the Direct Choice program. MCEA has over 6,000 members across the state. This means potential savings for their members, as well as their friends and family.

For the October 1st, 2012 through May 31st, 2013 billing cycles, MCEA members, as well as their friends and family, can potentially save on their electricity supply bills when they sign-up for this new program from Direct Energy.

The special offer from Direct Energy applies to MCEA members and their friends and family members that reside in the Potomac Edison, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Delmarva and Pepco utility territories. The special rates that are offered in these territories are as follows:

Potomac Edison$0.0579 per kWh*
Baltimore Gas & Electric$0.0829 per kWh*
Pepco$0.0785 per kWh*
Delmarva$0.0759 per kWh*


*Prices are exclusive of all utility transmission charges and taxes. Residents are encouraged to compare these prices to their utility's rate for potential savings.


To enroll or learn more about Direct Energy's Direct Choice offer, MCEA members can contact Direct Energy's Customer Service Department toll free at: 1-866-803-4618, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Members can also visit www.directenergy.com/enroll.

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 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 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

About The Maryland Classified Employees Association
The Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), founded in 1935 by a group of state workers motivated to protect the merit system from political interference, is the State's oldest labor organization for public employees. The union is an active and powerful advocate for public employees. The MCEA provides affordable group benefits and professional representation, and fight for rights, privileges, job security, and better wages. MCEA also protests privatization, harmful changes to employees' pensions, and unfair compensation issues. Over the years, MCEA has secured many of the benefits state workers currently enjoy, including the State Employees Credit Union, leave and the pension plan.

For additional information, contact:

Bethany Ruhe
(412) 841-3818
Bethany.Ruhe@directenergy.com

Direct Energy® is a subsidiary of Centrica plc. All rights reserved. Centrica was created following the demerger of British Gas plc in 1997 and is now a leading supplier of energy and related services. To read more about Centrica plc please visit www.centrica.com.