Corporate Resource Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRRS), a diversified technology, staffing, recruiting, and consulting services firm, today announced that Abest Power & Gas, its joint venture in retail energy supply, and Sterling Planet, the nation’s leading retail provider of renewable energy and other carbon-reduction assets, have entered into an agreement for Abest to offer wind power options to its customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. Sterling Planet will supply customers of Abest with Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind power projects. Customers can match 50% or 100% of their use of conventionally produced electricity with RECs to mitigate the environmental impacts of conventionally produced electricity with zero-emissions wind energy. The average residential customer can expect to pay an additional 50 cents daily for wind energy at the 100% level. “We’re excited about providing our residential and business customers the ability to choose to reduce the environmental impact of their everyday lives,” said Abest Power & Gas CEO Frank Rosa. “We all use electricity, so we all have an impact. Now electricity users in the markets we serve can erase that impact by simply making a choice.” Enrolled customers will be avoiding the emissions of carbon dioxide and its equivalent greenhouse gases that would otherwise result from electricity use. For the average U.S. residence using 1,000 kilowatt-hours monthly, the annual avoidance is 18,600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. The environmental benefit compares to taking two cars off U.S. roads for a year or not burning nearly 1,000 gallons of gasoline, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond these environmental benefits, enrollment also helps grow the green power market, creating new revenue to keep existing renewable projects operational and fund new projects. Greater use of U.S.-made renewable energy translates to less reliance on imported sources of electricity, greater energy security and an economic stimulus through green job creation and additional tax revenue. Businesses enrolling for Abest wind power can rightfully claim a 100% greenup of their electricity use to meet their environmental goals, strengthen their brand and demonstrate stewardship to customers. Businesses using large amounts of electricity can request a quote for wind power greenup.
Sterling Planet’s RECs are Green-e Energy certified, which means stringent standards for environmental integrity and consumer protection are upheld. Each REC represents all the bundled environmental benefits of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable power production.“Sterling Planet is pleased to extend our green reach with this offer of renewable energy to Abest customers,” said Mel Jones, Sterling Planet President and CEO. “The benefits of this sustainable energy extend beyond the environment. Wind power is home-grown, USA-made power that strengthens the economy, increases energy diversity and contributes to greater independence from imported fuels.” About Abest Power & Gas: Abest Power & Gas is a licensed energy supplier that provides economical and secure energy rate plans for businesses and homes. Abest Power & Gas offers programs and services designed to help lower energy costs and protect its customers from sudden price increases. The Company maintains a low overhead and runs a lean operation, which enables it to maintain competitive products. Abest Power & Gas LLC is a joint venture of Corporate Resource Services (NASDAQ:CRRS) and business professionals that have extensive experience in deregulated energy markets. Abest Power & Gas is headquartered in New York with offices in lower Manhattan and Connecticut. About Sterling Planet: Named EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year for 2013, Sterling Planet delivers innovative energy solutions that benefit the environment. Since 2000, the Atlanta-based company has offered business and residential customers renewable energy certificates as an easy, affordable way to reduce the impact of everyday electricity use. The comprehensive portfolio of solutions has since grown to include carbon offsets, White Tags® energy efficiency certificates, green power project development, green partnerships with electricity and natural gas providers, and a Sterling Analytics IT platform that companies of all types are using for sustainable energy, water and carbon management. Sterling Planet’s four cornerstone activities – analyzing, greening, energizing and building – promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
About Corporate Resource Services, Inc.Corporate Resource Services, Inc. provides cloud-based enterprise applications and hosting services to PEO and staffing companies, as well as diversified staffing, recruiting, and consulting services. The Company offers trained employees in the areas of Insurance, Information Technology, Accounting, Legal, Engineering, Science, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Creative Services, Hospitality, Retail, General Business and Light Industrial work. The company’s blended staffing solutions are tailored to our customers’ needs and can include customized employee pre-training and testing, on-site facilities management, vendor management, risk assessment and management, market analyses and productivity/occupational engineering studies. The Company’s ability to deliver broad-based solutions provides its customers a “one stop shop” to fulfill their staffing needs from professional services and consulting to clerical and light industrial positions. Depending on the size and complexity of an assignment, Corporate Resource Services can create an on-site facility for recruiting, training and administration at the customers’ location. Company recruiters have the latest state of the art recruiting resources available to help customers secure the best candidates in today's ever-changing marketplace. CRS’s national network of recruiters has staffing experts that get excellent results by focusing within their areas of expertise. The Company operates 238 staffing and on-site facilities throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and it offers its services to a wide variety of clients in many industries, ranging from sole proprietorships to Fortune 1000 companies. To learn more, visit http://www.crsco.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations which may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, financial and otherwise, may differ from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. A number of these risks and other factors that might cause differences, some of which could be material, along with additional discussion of forward-looking statements, are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.