The New Power Company Announces Revolutionary Energy-Saving Program That Gives Consumers Remote Control of Their Thermostats Via the Internet

Internet-Based Pilot Program Gives Remote Access Via any Internet Enabled

Device, Including PCs, Mobile Phones, and PDAs



Program Will Enable Houston Area Residents to Better Manage Energy Costs



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The New Power Company

    PURCHASE, N.Y., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Some 500 Houston-area households will soon be part of an energy-saving pilot
 program that enables consumers to control their thermostats via the Internet.
 The program will allow thermostats to be adjusted from almost anywhere, with
 any Internet-enabled device.  The program will be launched this summer by The
 New Power Company(TM), a subsidiary of NewPower Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:   NPW),
 and its partners in Internet Home Alliance.  For the typical household, the
 three-month pilot could result in up to 10-15 percent utility bill savings
 based on personal usage and home size.
     Today NewPower signed separate agreements with Shadowpack, a wireless
 application design/build firm, and Internet Home Alliance members Coactive
 Networks and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE:   S) to launch the pilot program,
 which will run from early June to the end of September -- the peak season for
 energy consumption.  Installations will begin in early May.
     NewPower Connections' remote energy management system will give customers
 unprecedented access to their air conditioning and heating systems from any
 Internet-accessible device.  Energy management functionality will be provided
 from a number of access points, including a powerful Web interface, and
 Internet-enabled devices such as "smart" mobile phones and PDAs.
     NewPower's energy management solution will benefit pilot participants in a
 number of ways.  For example, a family on a vacation can use remote thermostat
 access to save money while away.  The family's thermostat may have been set at
 72 degrees -- an unnecessary expense when no one is at home.  The thermostat
 temperature can be adjusted to a more economical 80 degrees using hotel
 Internet access.  Subsequently, the setting can be returned to 72 degrees from
 a Palm VII on the way home from the airport, thereby eliminating the dreaded
 end of vacation "hot house" syndrome.
     In order to maximize the available savings, NewPower asks for the ability
 to remotely adjust a customer's thermostat settings a few degrees between the
 peak hours of noon and 5 p.m. on weekdays.  This adjustment -- barely noticed
 by most consumers -- has a tremendous effect on expensive peak energy supply.
 By reducing usage a small amount during periods of peak demand, customers can
 save additional money and help conserve energy resources.  However, with
 NewPower, the customer always remains in control and may instantaneously
 override the adjustment at any time from the Web or a wireless device.
     NewPower will also be offering numerous "concept" products to the pilot
 participants.  As part of the pilot, households will be asked to complete a
 number of short surveys about how they use the system and their feelings about
 new product concepts.
     "NewPower is delivering on the promise of deregulation with innovative
 solutions to help our customers control their energy costs," said H. Eugene
 Lockhart, The New Power Company's president and chief executive officer.
 "Houston area residents will be the first in the country to help us test this
 technology, and, at the same time, do their part to conserve energy.  Already
 we've been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from Houston area
 customers who are looking for innovative alternatives to manage their energy
 needs."
     Sears will install and service the Energy Management System throughout the
 duration of the pilot program.  Their professional installers will complete
 the system installation in a matter of hours and provide helpful user
 instruction.  Coactive Networks will provide the heart of the system, the
 residential gateway and telemetry e-services network.  This first-of-its-kind
 technology uses home networking to enable real-time monitoring and control of
 devices over the Internet without requiring any new wires in the home.
 Shadowpack has built the system's Web and wireless user interfaces and will
 provide the back-end infrastructure necessary to carry out customer requests.
 Shadowpack's services allow for seamless connectivity from almost any Internet
 accessible device.
     Pilot households will meet the following criteria:
 
     -- Resident of the greater Houston metropolitan area
     -- Single family dwelling with central heating/air
     -- Web access at home or work
     -- At least one head of household working outside the home
 
     Those interested in participating as a pilot household should send an
 email to connections@newpower.com or call NewPower Connections at
 914-697-2487.
     The New Power Company also announced that it has signed on more than
 11,500 residential customers in Texas since it began to market electricity in
 the state in early March.  Consumers who need additional information about
 NewPower or who want to sign up for other intelligent energy services can
 visit the Company's Web site at http://www.newpower.com or call 866-841-1163.
 
     About NewPower Holdings, Inc.
     NewPower Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:   NPW), through its subsidiary, The New Power
 Company, is the first national provider of electricity and natural gas to
 residential and small commercial customers in the United States. The Company
 offers consumers in restructured retail energy markets competitive energy
 prices, pricing choices, improved customer service and other innovative
 products, services and incentives.
 
     About Internet Home Alliance
     Internet Home Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit association of leading
 companies working together to advance the home technology industry by
 developing the ecosystem needed to support the delivery of Internet lifestyle
 solutions and educating consumers on the value of an Internet lifestyle.
 Internet Home Alliance is an open alliance that encourages cross-industry
 participation.  Currently, 23 companies participate in the Alliance.
 Principal members include Best Buy Co., Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., General
 Motors, Invensys, The New Power Company, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric
 Corporation of America), Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sun Microsystems.  For
 more information on Internet Home Alliance, visit
 http://www.internethomealliance.com.
 
     About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
     Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and
 automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than
 $40 billion.  The company serves families across the country through
 approximately 860 full-line department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized
 retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the
 company's Web site, sears.com.  Sears, Roebuck and Co. is the majority owner
 of Sears Canada Inc.
 
     About Coactive Networks
     Coactive Networks extends Internet access to every device, appliance,
 control system and computer -- Connecting Networks to the Real World(TM).  By
 providing a central link from these devices to the Internet, the Coactive
 Connector(R) and Coactive Router product families deliver a new class of
 telemetry e-services to homes and businesses worldwide.  The leader in
 Internet telemetry, Coactive Networks delivers affordable, scalable
 connectivity with a highly integrated third-generation residential gateway
 platform and the patent-pending distributed object technology of the IOConnect
 Architecture(TM).  Coactive Networks is a privately held corporation based in
 Sausalito, California.  More information on Coactive Networks can be found at
 http://www.coactive.com.
 
     About Shadowpack Inc.
     Shadowpack creates wireless experiences for businesses desiring
 imaginative, substantive ways to interact with their customers.  From remote
 energy management solutions to wireless home automation, Shadowpack helps
 leading edge companies put the power of anywhere in their customers' hands.
 Shadowpack products include the Wireless Automation Tools and Technologies
 (WATT) engine. Based in Dublin, Ohio, Shadowpack can be found on the Web at
 http://www.shadowpack.com.
 
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SOURCE The New Power Company
    PURCHASE, N.Y., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Some 500 Houston-area households will soon be part of an energy-saving pilot
 program that enables consumers to control their thermostats via the Internet.
 The program will allow thermostats to be adjusted from almost anywhere, with
 any Internet-enabled device.  The program will be launched this summer by The
 New Power Company(TM), a subsidiary of NewPower Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:   NPW),
 and its partners in Internet Home Alliance.  For the typical household, the
 three-month pilot could result in up to 10-15 percent utility bill savings
 based on personal usage and home size.
     Today NewPower signed separate agreements with Shadowpack, a wireless
 application design/build firm, and Internet Home Alliance members Coactive
 Networks and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE:   S) to launch the pilot program,
 which will run from early June to the end of September -- the peak season for
 energy consumption.  Installations will begin in early May.
     NewPower Connections' remote energy management system will give customers
 unprecedented access to their air conditioning and heating systems from any
 Internet-accessible device.  Energy management functionality will be provided
 from a number of access points, including a powerful Web interface, and
 Internet-enabled devices such as "smart" mobile phones and PDAs.
     NewPower's energy management solution will benefit pilot participants in a
 number of ways.  For example, a family on a vacation can use remote thermostat
 access to save money while away.  The family's thermostat may have been set at
 72 degrees -- an unnecessary expense when no one is at home.  The thermostat
 temperature can be adjusted to a more economical 80 degrees using hotel
 Internet access.  Subsequently, the setting can be returned to 72 degrees from
 a Palm VII on the way home from the airport, thereby eliminating the dreaded
 end of vacation "hot house" syndrome.
     In order to maximize the available savings, NewPower asks for the ability
 to remotely adjust a customer's thermostat settings a few degrees between the
 peak hours of noon and 5 p.m. on weekdays.  This adjustment -- barely noticed
 by most consumers -- has a tremendous effect on expensive peak energy supply.
 By reducing usage a small amount during periods of peak demand, customers can
 save additional money and help conserve energy resources.  However, with
 NewPower, the customer always remains in control and may instantaneously
 override the adjustment at any time from the Web or a wireless device.
     NewPower will also be offering numerous "concept" products to the pilot
 participants.  As part of the pilot, households will be asked to complete a
 number of short surveys about how they use the system and their feelings about
 new product concepts.
     "NewPower is delivering on the promise of deregulation with innovative
 solutions to help our customers control their energy costs," said H. Eugene
 Lockhart, The New Power Company's president and chief executive officer.
 "Houston area residents will be the first in the country to help us test this
 technology, and, at the same time, do their part to conserve energy.  Already
 we've been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from Houston area
 customers who are looking for innovative alternatives to manage their energy
 needs."
     Sears will install and service the Energy Management System throughout the
 duration of the pilot program.  Their professional installers will complete
 the system installation in a matter of hours and provide helpful user
 instruction.  Coactive Networks will provide the heart of the system, the
 residential gateway and telemetry e-services network.  This first-of-its-kind
 technology uses home networking to enable real-time monitoring and control of
 devices over the Internet without requiring any new wires in the home.
 Shadowpack has built the system's Web and wireless user interfaces and will
 provide the back-end infrastructure necessary to carry out customer requests.
 Shadowpack's services allow for seamless connectivity from almost any Internet
 accessible device.
     Pilot households will meet the following criteria:
 
     -- Resident of the greater Houston metropolitan area
     -- Single family dwelling with central heating/air
     -- Web access at home or work
     -- At least one head of household working outside the home
 
     Those interested in participating as a pilot household should send an
 email to connections@newpower.com or call NewPower Connections at
 914-697-2487.
     The New Power Company also announced that it has signed on more than
 11,500 residential customers in Texas since it began to market electricity in
 the state in early March.  Consumers who need additional information about
 NewPower or who want to sign up for other intelligent energy services can
 visit the Company's Web site at http://www.newpower.com or call 866-841-1163.
 
     About NewPower Holdings, Inc.
     NewPower Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:   NPW), through its subsidiary, The New Power
 Company, is the first national provider of electricity and natural gas to
 residential and small commercial customers in the United States. The Company
 offers consumers in restructured retail energy markets competitive energy
 prices, pricing choices, improved customer service and other innovative
 products, services and incentives.
 
     About Internet Home Alliance
     Internet Home Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit association of leading
 companies working together to advance the home technology industry by
 developing the ecosystem needed to support the delivery of Internet lifestyle
 solutions and educating consumers on the value of an Internet lifestyle.
 Internet Home Alliance is an open alliance that encourages cross-industry
 participation.  Currently, 23 companies participate in the Alliance.
 Principal members include Best Buy Co., Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., General
 Motors, Invensys, The New Power Company, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric
 Corporation of America), Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sun Microsystems.  For
 more information on Internet Home Alliance, visit
 http://www.internethomealliance.com.
 
     About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
     Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and
 automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than
 $40 billion.  The company serves families across the country through
 approximately 860 full-line department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized
 retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the
 company's Web site, sears.com.  Sears, Roebuck and Co. is the majority owner
 of Sears Canada Inc.
 
     About Coactive Networks
     Coactive Networks extends Internet access to every device, appliance,
 control system and computer -- Connecting Networks to the Real World(TM).  By
 providing a central link from these devices to the Internet, the Coactive
 Connector(R) and Coactive Router product families deliver a new class of
 telemetry e-services to homes and businesses worldwide.  The leader in
 Internet telemetry, Coactive Networks delivers affordable, scalable
 connectivity with a highly integrated third-generation residential gateway
 platform and the patent-pending distributed object technology of the IOConnect
 Architecture(TM).  Coactive Networks is a privately held corporation based in
 Sausalito, California.  More information on Coactive Networks can be found at
 http://www.coactive.com.
 
     About Shadowpack Inc.
     Shadowpack creates wireless experiences for businesses desiring
 imaginative, substantive ways to interact with their customers.  From remote
 energy management solutions to wireless home automation, Shadowpack helps
 leading edge companies put the power of anywhere in their customers' hands.
 Shadowpack products include the Wireless Automation Tools and Technologies
 (WATT) engine. Based in Dublin, Ohio, Shadowpack can be found on the Web at
 http://www.shadowpack.com.
 
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