GDF SUEZ Energy Resources to Provide Electricity to Houston Museum of Natural Science

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, one of the largest competitive market retail electricity providers to commercial, industrial and institutional customers in the country, announced today that it will provide electricity to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

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As one of the most visited venues in the United States, the Houston Museum of Natural Science houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a range of permanent and traveling exhibit areas.  It also maintains two satellite facilities—the George Observatory and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, for which GDF SUEZ Energy Resources will also supply the power.

Joel Bartsch, President of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, said competitive pricing and customer service were two key factors in the museum's selection of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources as its electricity supplier. 

"We are delighted to be working with GDF SUEZ Energy Resources," explained Bartsch.  "These professionals understand what drives our business, and they have built an energy management strategy that fits our unique operating requirements.  That level of service is hard to come by, and we look forward to a promising partnership." 

Sam Henry, President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, said, "Nonprofit customers like the Houston Museum of Natural Science need an electricity supplier they can count on to provide superior customer service and competitive, fixed-price products that deliver budget certainty.  We're honored to serve one of Houston's landmark venues."

The electricity supply agreement is the result of a review of competitive proposals conducted by the museum's energy consultant, Energy Edge Consulting.  Energy Edge evaluated several key areas, including pricing, contract terms, customer service, and other strategic value drivers in determining that GDF SUEZ Energy Resources offered the best overall value proposition.

About the Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science – one of the nation's most heavily attended museums – is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District.  With four floors of permanent exhibit halls as well as the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium, and George Observatory, and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group.  With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.  

About GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA is one of the largest non-residential retail electricity suppliers in the U.S. and currently serves commercial, industrial and institutional customers in 12 markets: Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. The company serves over 80,000 accounts for customers having a peak demand ranging from 50 KW to more than 200 MW, with an estimated peak load totaling nearly 10,000 MW.  The company offers electricity service to small business customers under the brand Think Energy™.

For more about GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, visit www.gdfsuezenergyresources.com or call 1-866-999-8374.  Follow GDF SUEZ Energy Resources on LinkedIn, Twitter: @GDFSUEZEnergy and Facebook. GDF SUEZ Energy Resources is a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, which manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, asset-based trading and origination, and retail energy sales and related services to commercial and industrial customers.  GDF SUEZ Energy North America is a part of the international energy group GDF SUEZ. For more information, please visit www.gdfsuez.com.

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