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Cleco prepares for possible icy conditions

PINEVILLE, La., Feb. 22, 2015 – Weather forecasts call for the possibility of freezing rain in parts of Cleco’s service territory, and the company has taken steps to prepare by securing contract crews and readying Cleco crews to mobilize to areas impacted by the winter storm. 

“We are ready to respond if needed,” said Anthony Bunting, vice president of transmission and distribution operations. “If ice accumulates on trees, power outages are possible as falling limbs could damage our electrical system. We have crews ready to respond as quickly as possible if this occurs.”
Cleco reminds everyone to stay away from downed power lines, and call Cleco or 911 to report a dangerous situation with electricity. “Even if a person’s home is without power, the downed lines still could be energized,” said Bunting. “We urge our customers to use caution and to report downed power lines for everyone’s safety.”
To report outages, Cleco customers can use MyAccount, an easy online tool located on Cleco’s website at www.cleco.com. Cleco customers can report outages by phone at 1.800.622.6537 simply by giving a telephone number or Cleco account number through its voice response system.

Media Contact:
Robbyn Cooper
Office: (318) 484-7136
Cell: (318) 308-7604

Cleco Corporation is a public utility holding company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which is engaged principally in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity, primarily in Louisiana. Cleco Power owns 11 generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,340 megawatts. Cleco Power serves approximately 284,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business, and it supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Corporation announced on Oct. 20, 2014, that it entered into an agreement to be acquired by a North American investor group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. Shareholder and regulatory approvals for the transaction are pending. For more information about Cleco, visitwww.cleco.com.


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