Liberty Power Recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency

Ft. Lauderdale – December 3, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced they have been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as the recipient of the 2013 Minority Retail Energy Firm of the Year Award.

Liberty Power was one of 12 organizations recognized during National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Their award was part of the Minority-Owned Firms category; the other two categories were the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award and the Champions of Minority Business Development.

This Minority Retail Energy Firm Award is presented to the minority-owned firm in the energy industry who has achieved notable success in providing quality products and services resulting in the improvement of the environment, proficiency, and customer satisfaction.

David Hernandez, Liberty Power’s CEO, accepted the award during a private ceremony hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on December 2 in Washington, D.C.

“We are humbled and proud to receive this award, and do so on behalf of our team members and all the small businesses, households and Fortune 500 customers we serve. We are grateful to the Minority Business Development Agency for their advocacy for diversity on all levels,” said David Hernandez, co-founder and CEO of Liberty Power.

These awards were created to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of minority entrepreneurs and businesses. All the recipients have demonstrated industry leadership, business success, economic impact and a positive influence on their community.

“These award recipients are pillars in their communities who help create jobs and keep our nation competitive in the global economy,” said David A. Hinson, MBDA National Director. “MBDA and the U.S. Department of Commerce are pleased to honor these outstanding leaders and firms and the entrepreneurial spirit they embody and promote.”

About Liberty Power
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2012 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers.

Winners of the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program Announced

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – September 19, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship program. The scholarship – a result of a collaborative effort between Liberty Power and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation – awarded three college students a total of $20,000 at the USHCC National Convention which took place September 15 – 17 in Chicago, Illinois.

“Liberty Power’s devotion to our nation’s foremost duty – preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future – is commendable, and we are honored to partner with them in this endeavor,” said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board.

The Bright Horizons Scholarship was geared towards eligible college students pursuing an education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with an interest in pursuing a career in energy or the environment. A selection committee comprised of business leaders and policymakers within the energy industry selected one grand prize winner to receive a $10,000 scholarship and two runners-up to each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The three winners were honored by David Hernandez, co-founder and CEO of Liberty Power, and the USHCC during the annual convention’s closing gala on September 17.

“I was very impressed with our first-ever group of Bright Horizons Scholarship winners; it has been a privilege spending time with them. It is very rewarding to know Liberty Power is helping them prepare for their future,” said Mr. Hernandez. “We are delighted to partner with the USHCC Foundation as we continue to support bright young minds pursue their educational goals.”

The $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Tatiana Narvaez, who is earning her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Rice University.

 

“I am honored to be a recipient of Liberty Power’s Bright Horizons Scholarship mostly because I can be a role model to other Hispanic women pursuing careers in engineering,” said Ms. Narvaez. “This award not only gives me a sense of accomplishment for all my hard work but it also helps me continue my goal in providing the future’s energy as well as protecting the environment, and for that I am thankful,” she added.

The two $5,000 scholarships were awarded to Jonathan Taylor Fairey, an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in industrial and systems engineering, and Lawrence Valverde, who is earning his doctorate degree in materials science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I felt both very honored and thrilled when I found out that I was awarded this scholarship. I’ve always been intrigued by energy and how it is generated and transmitted and how it affects the environment,” said Mr. Fairey. “With the support of this scholarship, I look forward to continuing my education and pursuing a career in energy.”

“Receiving the Bright Horizons Scholarship carries great meaning for me. As a young Hispanic pursuing graduate study in a STEM field, I hope to inspire and provide confidence to my younger peers to pursue careers in STEM as well,” said Mr. Valverde.

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.ushcc.com.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

Liberty Power Partners with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Launch Scholarship Program

Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship to Award College Students $20,000 This Year

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, is proud to announce its partnership with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). This alliance is geared toward providing tens of thousands of dollars in annual scholarships to eligible students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with an interest in pursuing careers in the fields of energy or the environment.

“The USHCC is proud to partner with Liberty Power to award scholarships to tomorrow’s visionaries, who will soon carry on the responsibility of preserving the perennial American Dream,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “By giving students the resources they need, we are stemming the tide of restrictive education costs and making sure we continue to out-innovate the rest of the world.”

“Liberty Power’s devotion to our nation’s foremost duty – preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future – is commendable, and we are honored to partner with them in this endeavor,” said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board.

This year, the newly-established Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship will award one $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of environment and energy. The first-ever award winners will be announced at this year’s USHCC National Convention, set to take place in Chicago on September 15th-17th.  Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited two or four-year university that have an interest in the field of energy or the environment are welcome to apply by August 25, 2013.

“There is a clear connection between my educational and life experiences and how I, with the help of others, have applied those lessons to get to where I am today,” said David Hernandez, co-founder & CEO of Liberty Power. “Now, we at Liberty Power are proud to support promising young minds in their own educational pursuits.”

For more information on the Bright Horizons Scholarship program, please visit: https://www.libertypowercorp.com/scholarship/

About Liberty Power
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United Statesbased on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com  

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.ushcc.com.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

Liberty Power Expands Product Line

Liberty Power launches renewable energy offer and a multi-rate product

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – June 28, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, announced today the launch of two new products – Liberty Green, a green alternative plan and SmartStep, a targeted savings plan that offsets higher rates associated with peak energy times during the year.

Liberty Green

Liberty Green was created to enable customers to easily offset their electricity usage through green resources. Green or renewable energy is generated by resources that can naturally replenish themselves; this includes solar, wind, small hydro, and geothermal energy, among other sources.

Liberty Power’s new product addresses the growing concern of the impact energy use has on the environment. Liberty Green provides renewable energy certificates or credits (RECs) equal to 100% of consumers’ electricity usage. Each REC represents the equivalent of one thousand kilowatt hours of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

For Liberty Green, Liberty Power purchases enough RECs on behalf of the customer to match their energy usage over the term of their agreement, offsetting their usage. The 100% Green-e Energy Certified RECs are available to commercial and residential customers. In Illinois, Liberty Green is offered in the form of wind RECs associated with the state’s wind farms.

The green alternative plan was launched hand-in-hand with the company’s “Boost Your Eco” Earth Day campaign. The promotion was designed to build awareness of renewable energy sources and “boost” Liberty Power customers’ environmental sustainability.

Part of the campaign included an Earth Day kit, a ‘thank you’ for selecting a renewable energy solution. Customers received a variety of green-themed giveaways including a dual purpose seed-imbedded bookmark and a four-pack of energy efficient light bulbs. Customers also received a renewable energy certification for their eco-friendly support. Liberty Power, in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation, supported the planting of 2,000 trees in the Blackwater River State Forest located in Florida’s panhandle. The support was a joint effort on behalf of participating customers and employees.

“Customers are increasingly aware of the impact their energy-use decisions have on the environment,” said David Hernandez, CEO and co-founder. “We’ve provided renewable energy solutions to our large, key accounts for a number of years; we are now excited about helping all our customers reach their sustainability goals.”

SmartStep

The launch of SmartStep, Liberty Power’s subsequent product, purposely coincides with the onset of the summer season, known for its increasing temperatures and higher electricity costs. This new multi-rate plan addresses these costs and in the near future will offer the opportunity to reduce energy expenses with a lower rate during other peak times of the year.

“Because of SmartStep’s initial summer savings rate, you won’t have to think twice about turning down the air conditioner during a heat wave,” said Rana Ghosh, Chief Marketing Officer. “Energy bills can eat up a lot of your budget. This product makes seasonal price changes more affordable.”

With SmartStep, the term of a customer’s agreement is divided into sub-terms or ‘steps.’ Each ‘step’ is secured with its own Liberty Power low fixed-rate. This new product combines price certainty and rate relief while removing the mystery of fluctuating costs.

SmartStep is now available to residential and commercial customers in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.

Visit www.libertypowercorp.com to learn more about Liberty Power’s new products and request a quote.

About Liberty Power

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with affordable electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com.

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC encompassing Liberty Power Holdings LLC, Liberty Power Delaware LLC, Liberty Power Maryland LLC, Liberty Power District of Columbia LLC, and LPT LLC, dba LPT SP LLC. Liberty Power is certified and licensed by the Public Utilities/Service Commissions of: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD (IR793), MA (CS-057) MI, NJ (ESL-0001), NY, OH, PA, RI, TX (10118) and VA; as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Liberty Power’s CEO and President Named Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Florida

Liberty Power co-founders, David Hernandez and Alberto Daire, recognized for their entrepreneurial success

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – May 30, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced co-founders David Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, and Alberto Daire, President, are finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Florida. Award winners will be announced at the Florida awards gala on June 13 at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida.

According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“These finalists were selected from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges,” says Greg Rosica, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner. “Collectively, these finalists grew their employment by 18 percent and their revenues by nearly 36 percent between 2010 and 2012.”

Hernandez and Daire co-founded Liberty Power in 2001 and have guided the company on a consistent path of growth and advancement. This isn’t the first time the co-founders have been recognized for their entrepreneurship; they were also recognized as finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2010.

“We are humbled and honored to be named a finalist for this award a second time. This esteemed distinction is a symbol of our entrepreneurial spirit,” said David Hernandez, CEO and co-founder. “The energy industry is constantly changing and every day something new and exciting challenges us to reach even higher.”

Over the years, Liberty Power has also been acknowledged by several of their partners for their extensive service and leadership as a supplier. In 2008, Liberty Power received the Bill Alcorn Supplier Diversity Award from JCPenney; Frito-Lay North America recognized them as Supplier of the Year in Energy in 2009. Earlier this year, Liberty Power accepted the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), Inc. ® 2013 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year Award. They were nominated by long-time customer, Costco® Wholesale.

“When we first established the company, it was hard to imagine ourselves in the position we are in today. We could not have reached this stature without the commitment of our Liberty Power team, our channel partners, and of course, our customers,” said Alberto Daire, President. “The initiative and drive shared throughout the company has helped to shape the nature of our business and propel us forward.”

Hernandez and Daire are also interested in sharing their hard-won knowledge on how to successfully launch new, scalable businesses. The co-founders are currently exploring ways to share their business and leadership experience with the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. The program has expanded globally to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 16. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Liberty Power

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2012 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with affordable electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC encompassing Liberty Power Holdings LLC, Liberty Power Delaware LLC, Liberty Power Maryland LLC, Liberty Power District of Columbia LLC, and LPT LLC, dba LPT SP LLC. Liberty Power is certified and licensed by the Public Utilities/Service Commissions of: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD (IR793), MA (CS-057) MI, NJ (ESL-0001), NY, OH, PA, RI, TX (10118) and VA; as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Regional sponsors include Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank, Tribridge, Vaco, RFB Communications Group, Scherzer International and Smart Business Network.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit www.ey.com. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited operating in the US.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. Ernst & Young is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

Liberty Power Supports the Children’s Miracle Network in Charity Event

Liberty Power assists in raising more than $70,000 for the 17th Annual Sporting Clays Charity Event

Ft. Lauderdale – April 26, 2013

Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced their sponsorship in the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network 17th Annual Sporting Clays Charity Event which took place on April 6 in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

The annual event, which raises funds for pediatric services, life-saving equipment, research initiatives, and educational resources, is organized by the Penn State College of Medicine, a Liberty Power customer through energy consultant, World Energy.

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Liberty Power Receives Northwest MSDC 2013 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year Award

Ft. Lauderdale – March 19, 2013

NWMSDC 2013 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year awardLiberty Power,the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced that it has been awarded the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), Inc. ® 2013 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year award. The award was presented to Liberty Power on March 8 at the Northwest MSDC 2013 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction in Seattle, Washington.

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Liberty Power Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Liberty Power donates $25,000 to the American Red Cross recovery efforts

Ft. Lauderdale – December 14, 2012

Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced it has donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The company launched a campaign during the month of November to help provide assistance and support to those devastated by the late October superstorm. The campaign, which provided customers with the added incentive of knowing they would be a part of Liberty Power’s efforts to help the American Red Cross deliver assistance to those who need it most, was a huge success.

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Liberty Power Ranks as a Top 15 Retail Electric Supplier

Liberty Power jumps five spots in rankings and is now recognized as the 13th largest non-residential electric supplier

Ft. Lauderdale – November 13, 2012

Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced its ranking as the 13th largest, non-residential retailer and a top 40 residential retailer based on information provided by the world-renowned industry consultant, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability.

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DNV KEMA’s Retail Landscape Assessment recognizes Liberty Power as a Top Electric Retailer

Ft. Lauderdale – May 24, 2012

Liberty Power, one of the nation’s fastest-growing independent energy retailers, today announced the company’s rank as the nation’s largest, completely independent retail electric provider based on information provided by world-renowned industry consultant, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability.

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