H.I.G. Capital, its portfolio company Comverge, which provides demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement to electric utilities, and Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products, have formed CPower. CPower, based in Baltimore, Maryland, will provide demand response to utilities across the U.S. H.I.G. holds a majority stake in CPower, while Constellation holds a minority interest.
H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $17 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company Comverge, a leading provider of demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions, together with Constellation, a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products, have combined their demand response businesses serving commercial & industrial (“C&I”) customers.
The combined business, named CPower, is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., and will operate as a new, standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation. CPower, like its predecessor companies, will continue to deliver a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States. The combination creates one of the largest demand response companies in North America.
“Demand response is a proven resource that helps contribute to a more reliable grid, and we are significantly increasing our investment in this business to make sure we remain a strong force in the industry and continue to exceed our customers’ expectations”
H.I.G. holds a majority ownership interest in CPower, and Constellation holds a minority ownership interest and will remain an important business partner to CPower. Former Comverge Chief Financial Officer John Horton will serve as President and CEO of CPower.
“Demand response is a proven resource that helps contribute to a more reliable grid, and we are significantly increasing our investment in this business to make sure we remain a strong force in the industry and continue to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Horton. “The leaders of CPower have helped thousands of C&I customers optimize their participation in demand response programs, providing them with a new source of revenue that can have a significant impact on their bottom line.”
“This transaction creates a market leading company in the demand response industry with scale, differentiated capabilities and a solid foundation for growth,” said Brian Schwartz, an Executive Managing Director of H.I.G. “We look forward to partnering with the CPower management team as they grow the business and continue to provide excellent service to our customers.”
Comverge will now focus exclusively on delivering world class solutions to help electric utilities deploy successful demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement programs targeting residential and small business customers.
Comverge provides an integrated set of demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions that enable electric utilities to ensure grid reliability, lower energy costs, meet regulatory demands and enhance the customer experience. Through its combination of software, hardware and services, Comverge helps utilities optimize the management of every aspect of an energy management program, from participant recruitment and device installation to call center support, control events, and measurement and verification. Comverge has worked with hundreds of electric utilities to deploy nearly six million energy management devices and enroll more than 1.6 million residential customers into mass-market demand management programs. For more information, visit www.comverge.com.
Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s family of retail businesses serves more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion, and more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more at www.constellation.com or on Twitter at @ConstellationEG.
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $17 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and San Francisco in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. H.I.G. invests in management-led buyouts and recapitalizations of profitable and well managed manufacturing or service businesses. H.I.G. also has extensive experience with financial restructurings and operational turnarounds. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 80 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.
* Based on total capital commitments to funds managed by H.I.G. Capital and its affiliates