Friends For Life Awarded $100,000 from Reliant Gives

—Second Round of Public Voting Campaign Awards Three
Texas Nonprofits Total of $115,000 from Reliant—

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Charity–Reliant Gives, Reliant’s crowd-sourced charitable giving program, has
awarded its top donation of $100,000 to Friends
For Life
in Houston, an animal and pet shelter. Now in its second
round, the Reliant Gives program puts the power of nonprofit advocacy in
the hands of the public, letting people vote from among three Texas
charities nominated by the company’s employees to receive the top
donation of $100,000.

“We are proud to be Houston’s only no kill, LEED-certified animal
shelter, offering adoptions for animals who wouldn’t have a chance
without us, along with unique community programs like an animal food
bank to help people keep the pets they love,” said Salise Shuttlesworth,
executive director and founder, Friends For Life. “We express our
deepest gratitude to Reliant for this generous donation and are
especially touched and thrilled to thank our supporters who
enthusiastically voted and stayed with us through the ten day adventure!”

“A big part of who we are at Reliant and NRG is supporting efforts that
are important to the communities where we live and work,” said Elizabeth
Killinger, president, Reliant and NRG Retail. “We thank everyone who
participated in this latest phase of Reliant Gives for their passion
about making a difference for local causes.”

The two additional nonprofit award recipients are Metrocrest
based in Dallas, which assists families, individuals and
senior adults coping with crisis situations, and Driscoll
Children’s Hospital
in Corpus Christi, an intensive care unit for
critically ill and injured children in South Texas. The two
organizations received $10,000 and $5,000 donations, respectively, based
on public vote totals.

The mission of the Reliant Gives program is to support causes that are
important to people in Texas communities. Through this program, Reliant
employees nominate and the public at large votes for the organization of
their choice. In 2016 alone, Reliant has donated more than $200,000 to
deserving causes through this new initiative, with plans for a third
round of the program before the end of 2016.

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant brings electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services
to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 200 company that is at the
forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed
by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that
can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail
businesses, including Reliant, deliver electricity and home security
services and serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the
District of Columbia. Collectively, NRG’s retail brands are the largest
providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant
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Bobby Zafarnia, 713-537-2159