NRG Energy and Reliant to Provide Over $2 Million in Relief for Hurricane Harvey
August 31, 2017
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As Hurricane Harvey emergency response continues across Texas and Louisiana, NRG Energy and its subsidiary Reliant today announced broad preliminary efforts to assist millions of Texans impacted by devastating rains, floods and winds. NRG and Reliant will provide more than $2 million of disaster relief resources, comprised of $1 million in cash donations, as well as in-kind relief efforts valued at more than $1 million in community support and customer assistance. The funding goes toward charitable contributions including a relief fund for impacted employees, deploying disaster-response power generation solutions to assist first responders, providing Houstonians backup power and phone chargers, and offering enrollment and billing assistance to impacted customers.
"We are devastated to witness the hardship and suffering endured by so many in and around Houston, Corpus Christi and southeast Texas," said Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. "Houston is our home, and NRG and our employees will do everything we can to provide assistance and resources to those in need and who are bearing the tragic effects of this historic natural disaster."
NRG and Reliant's combined relief will include $1 million in cash contributions to: the Greater Houston Community Foundation on behalf of the City of Houston and Harris County; the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts; the J.J. Watt Foundation Houston Flood Relief Fund; Team Rubicon; SBP USA; BakerRipley; the NRG Employee Relief Fund to help employees facing financial hardship immediately after the natural disaster; and a handful of other relief agencies and charities.
Reliant will also provide direct financial relief for customers impacted by Harvey, including payment extensions, late fee and deposit alternatives/waivers as well as increased funding of bill payment assistance in the CARE program (Community Assistance from Reliant Energy).
Finally, NRG and Reliant will provide numerous in-kind donations, including:
- Deployment of Power2Serve, a 26-foot-long truck that serves as a mobile power generation station and provides a climate-controlled pavilion to assist emergency responders and area residents;
- Two 18-wheeler trucks filled with Goal Zero portable solar-powered generators and battery charging products, to be distributed by Reliant Home Services across impacted communities; and
- 20 NRG Go stations that dispense portable phone battery chargers, delivered to area shelters.
"As a native Houstonian and fourth-generation Texan, I am heartbroken by the loss so many in our community are experiencing this week. We want everyone affected by Harvey - the communities here in Houston and beyond, and all public officials, first responders and tireless volunteers - to know they are in our thoughts and prayers during this most trying of times," said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant and NRG Retail. "The spirit of our state and our residents are resilient, and together we will overcome this adversity and emerge stronger than ever."
NRG and Reliant are continuing to support fundraising efforts, as well as developing plans for expanded customer and community assistance and programs in the days and weeks ahead.
Source: NRG Energy
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