June 19, 2008

Reliant Energy Launches Two Contests Providing Texans Opportunities to Win Thousands in Electricity Bill Credits, Energy Efficiency Improvements

As a partner in helping consumers manage their electricity costs and consumption, Reliant Energy this week launched two innovative contests giving Texans a chance to win thousands of dollars in credits to their electricity bill, and home energy efficiency improvements and specialized support.

Electricity for Life Sweepstakes

The Reliant Energy Electricity for Life sweepstakes is open to eligible Texans in Reliant Energy's service area and will award one grand prize winner $60,000 in electricity. During the sweepstakes, through July 20, Reliant Energy will select:

-- One winner per day (35 winners) who will receive $3,000 in bill credit

-- One weekly winner (five winners) who will receive $15,000 in bill credit

-- One grand prize winner selected at the end of the sweepstakes for the $60,000 bill credit

Reliant Energy customers can sign up for the sweepstakes by logging into their account at reliant.com/myaccount or reliant.com/forlife to complete an entry form. Consumers who are not an existing customer of Reliant Energy can sign up to become customers online at reliant.com/forlife or by calling 877-524-5231 through July 20 to be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Winners will be notified by phone and/or e-mail, and daily results will be posted at reliant.com/forlife beginning June 19. For further eligibility and requirements, and non-purchase participation information, visit reliant.com/forlife.

Houston's Most Energy INefficient Home Contest

Houston's Most Energy INefficient Home Contest (HMEIHC) is open to Reliant Energy homeowners in the Greater Houston-area and is designed as a lighthearted way to highlight real energy efficiency improvements homeowners can make. To enter HMEIHC, homeowners can visit reliantpowerzone.com/efficiency and submit a one-minute video or five photos with a 100-word description telling Reliant Energy about any ingenuous or offbeat things they have done in an attempt to improve their homes' energy efficiency, and why they believe their home needs energy efficiency improvements. The three grand prize winners, selected based on content creativity, will be announced July 24 on KHOU's "Great Day Houston" and will receive:

-- $2,500 in home energy efficiency improvements

-- A $1,200 bill credit on a Reliant Energy pricing plan

-- 60-days of support from Reliant Energy energy experts

For further eligibility and requirements, visit reliantpowerzone.com/efficiency.

"Reliant Energy is always looking for innovative ways to help our customers manage their electricity cost and usage," said Reliant Energy Chief Operating Officer Brian Landrum. "Through Electricity for Life and Houston's Most Energy INefficient Home Contest, we have created a little fun and excitement for our customers around energy efficiency and managing their electricity costs."

About Reliant Energy

Reliant Energy, Inc. (NYSE:RRI) based in Houston, Texas, provides electricity and energy services to retail and wholesale customers in the United States. In Texas, the company provides service to approximately 1.8 million retail electricity customers, including residential and small business customers and commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers. Reliant also serves commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers in the PJM (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland), Illinois and New York markets.

The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the nation with approximately 16,000 megawatts of power generation capacity across the United States. These strategically located generating assets utilize natural gas, fuel oil and coal. For more information, visit www.reliant.com.