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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, TX – September 21, 2016 – 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 Services 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 products and services, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.

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