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Strategic Energy Named the Electric Service Provider of Choice by the Pearsall Independent School District.

Pearsall ISD Joins More Than 120 School Districts Currently Served by Strategic Energy in Texas

PITTSBURGH -- Strategic Energy([R]) proudly announces that the Pearsall Independent School District (ISD), based on recommendations from its advisor Texas Energy Consultants, recently named the company to serve as its retail electric service provider of choice. The Pearsall Independent School District is located in Frio County, approximately 60 miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas, and operates five facilities with an annual electricity consumption of approximately 5.5 million kWhs.

"For school districts like Pearsall ISD and other educational institutions in Texas and across our nation, managing electricity spend in a complex energy market is a real and formidable challenge," says Shahid Mailik, President and CEO of Strategic Energy. "At Strategic Energy, we understand the complexities of the energy market and the unique challenges that educational institutions face. We are committed to helping Pearsall ISD meet its goal of attaining reliable power supply at a price that achieves budget certainty."

"At Pearsall ISD, we understand the benefits of the deregulated Texas energy marketplace," says Mario Sotelo, Pearsall ISD Superintendent. "We know that purchasing our electricity from retail rather than from the utility can significantly reduce our electricity expenditures. In awarding Strategic Energy our contract, we believe we have selected an experienced and highly qualified partner that is truly committed to assisting our educational institution attain our electricity goals of reducing costs while receiving a firm power supply."

In issuing its request for proposal (RFP), Pearsall ISD and its energy advisor, Texas Energy Consultants, sought a retail electric provider that could provide competitive, flexible pricing to reduce the district's electricity expenditures, as well as reduce exposure to market volatility to achieve budget certainty. After a rigorous two-phased RFP review process, Texas Energy Consultants determined that Strategic Energy best demonstrated its ability to assist Pearsall ISD in achieving its energy objectives with its Fixed Price offering with no bandwidth provisions.

"Within the education sector in the state of Texas, Strategic Energy has a proven track record in assisting school districts gain control of their electricity budgets and is clearly the ideal partner for Pearsall ISD," says Tom Ratza, Texas Energy Consultants. "Strategic Energy's approach to helping Pearsall ISD achieve its goal of reducing its electricity costs met, and in some instances, exceeded our client's selection criteria of potential partners."

About the Pearsall Independent School District (ISD)

The Pearsall Independent School District is located in Frio County, approximately 60 miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas. Pearsall ISD is committed to achieving excellence, efficiency and equity in its learning environment that ensures success for more than 2,200 students in grades PK-12. For more information, visit www.pearsall.k12.tx.us.

About Texas Energy Consultants

Texas Energy Consultants is a privately owned consulting services and

electric brokerage with offices in Houston and Edinburg, Texas. The principals have a combined 36 years in the energy industry. Texas Energy Consultants has advised more than 100 customers Co including such Texas cities as Hidalgo, La Joya, Elsa and Palmview, and other entities like Dodge Arena, Frontera Produce, Marriot Casa de Palmas and Caterpillar Services Co on how to best achieve their energy objectives. For more information, call 832-264-3794 or 956-207-3644.

About Strategic Energy

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., Strategic Energy is a leading supplier of retail electricity in competitive markets. For more than 20 years, Strategic Energy has acted as a trusted, unbiased advisor, helping companies implement effective energy purchasing strategies to optimize their energy spending. Strategic Energy is licensed to serve customers in deregulated energy markets including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C. Strategic Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP). For more information, visit www.sel.com.
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