Bipartisan State Senate Caucus to Meet at Direct Energy on Thursday

Harrisburg – January 23, 2013 – The bipartisan state Senate Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus met on Thursday, January 24th with Direct Energy in Pittsburgh to discuss innovation and choice in Pennsylvania’s energy market.

Following the meeting, the senators toured Duquesne University, a Direct Energy client, to learn more about the university’s unique approach to their energy requirements by visiting the Duquesne cogeneration plant.

“I am so pleased that Direct Energy provided us this great opportunity to learn about how the deregulated energy market is affecting jobs and the economy in Pennsylvania. Learning from industry leaders is paramount in re-growing a strong economy here in Pennsylvania.” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/ Monroe).

“Developing new energy technologies and challenging the industry to have competitive pricing is important to businesses all across the Commonwealth. I’m glad we had the chance to learn more about meeting the challenges of providing energy to Pennsylvania’s businesses.” said Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Northampton/Lehigh/Montgomery/Bucks)

Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and state Sens. Tim Solobay (D-Cannonsburg) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) also participated in the meeting.

Mensch and Boscola co-chair the caucus, which examines ways to break down barriers that hinder economic expansion in Pennsylvania. They said their goal is to unlock the state’s economic potential by gaining a better understanding of what shapes the state’s economic climate, encourages investment and enhances workforce development.

“Our goal is to bring more good-paying, family-sustaining jobs to Pennsylvania, while keeping the jobs we already have,” the lawmakers said.

Direct Energy is a leading energy and energy related service supplier in North America, and the market competition created by alternative energy suppliers has a direct impact on providing affordable energy to businesses and residents in the Commonwealth. Direct Energy also supplies 1,000 direct and indirect employees in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Lisa Walter