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Important Announcement for ACN Energy California Electricity Customers

ACN Energy to Announce New Strategy in April 2001;

California Electricity Customers Changing Back to Local Utilities

ACN Energy soon will announce a new, enhanced, business strategy for utilities marketing in April 2001 at ACN’s International Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Key initiatives of this new strategy ACN Energy will pursue include:

The complete new strategy will be announced in detail during the Atlantic City International Convention, being held April 20-22, 2001. Registration information can be found on, under "Upcoming Events", or under Facts-On-Demand document #185.

ACN Energy’s new strategy comes at a perfect time, as we will be shifting our focus in the California market from both electricity and natural gas to simply gas services. In response to recent changes by the California state legislature, effective immediately, ACN Energy will turn electricity customers in California back to their local utility providers. This change affects electricity customers only and does not apply to ACN Energy gas customers in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Gas (SCG) areas of California.

ACN Energy has made this customer-focused decision due to the fact that the California legislature has made it impossible for retail energy providers to compete with the local utilities in providing customers value. The local utilities in California are now able to take advantage of extremely low-cost energy purchases through the Department of Water Resources that are unavailable to retail providers, including ACN Energy. ACN Energy has no other choice but to cease electricity services in California in order to protect the best interests of our customers.

ACN Energy will continue to monitor the electricity situation in California, as well as lobby the state legislature for a fair and competitive marketplace. When such a marketplace exists, ACN Energy will once again be able to meet our overall goal of providing true customer value and will relaunch our electricity services in California. Until such time, we will keep our independent representatives and customers informed of any new developments as they occur.

We appreciate your patience and your support of this difficult decision. In addition, we extend our sincere thanks to our electricity customers in California for their patronage over the last several months, throughout this energy crisis.

Although ACN Energy regrets turning back approximately 17,000 electricity customers due to uncontrollable circumstances, we are extremely excited about the 55,000 new natural gas customers we will be connecting to our utility service in the very near future. This growth is just another indication of the tremendous market potential that lies ahead for ACN Energy and its independent representatives. As deregulation continues to spread throughout the utilities industry, ACN Energy will lead the way as the preferred, alternative provider.

Don’t miss out on the exciting details of ACN Energy’s new business strategy – make sure you attend the ACN International Convention in Atlantic City in April! In the meantime, continue to market ACN Energy’s services with as much enthusiasm and dedication as always.

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PUC Tentatively Approves Settlement with ACN Energy

June 13, 2002

HARRISBURG– A Virginia-based electric generation supplier has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle charges by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) that it illegally slammed 19 customers and over-billed 81, according to a settlement tentatively approved today by the Commission.

ACN Energy will pay $15,000 for allegedly switching customers without their authorization and $30,000 for allegedly over-charging customers. Penalties are paid into the Commonwealth’s General Fund.

Between June 2000 and November 2001, approximately 135 informal complaints were filed against ACN Energy with the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services, which led the PUC’s Law Bureau to investigate ACN Energy. The Law Bureau concluded that ACN Energy may have violated several provisions of the Public Utility Code.

Under the terms of the settlement, ACN Energy also will:

The PUC voted 4-1 to approve the settlement, with Commissioner Aaron Wilson Jr. dissenting. Commission Wilson also issued a statement.

After today’s order is officially entered, parties to the case have 15 days to submit comments or file exceptions. If no comments are filed opposing the settlement, the tentative order will become a final order.

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