HOUSTON — September 27, 2010   Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is pleased to welcome a new affiliate member, Ernst & Young LLP, a professional services and auditing firm, specializing in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services for all types of businesses.

 “Due to the nature of their business on a national and global scale, Ernst & Young is a company with close ties to many facets of the energy industry. Consumer Energy Alliance welcomes Ernst & Young to our alliance, which is committed to supporting a balanced energy policy for America encompassing all resources, including traditional resources, such as oil and natural gas, as well as alternative resources, such as wind, water, solar and more,” said CEA President David Holt.

 The oil and gas industry is faced with complex issues and constant change. Volatile prices, business consolidation, difficult operating environments, ever-increasing customer demand, continuously evolving regulatory environments and the reliability of supply all present significant challenges. The Ernst & Young LLP Americas Oil & Gas Center draws upon a network of Ernst & Young energy professionals in the Americas and around the world to work closely with clients to facilitate the development of coordinated approaches to managing risk, improving performance and increasing operational effectiveness. The Center works to anticipate market trends, identify the implications of and develop points of view on relevant industry issues.  

 “It is important for us, and for our energy clients, to understand the industry’s current market conditions and key business issues. We are joining the Consumer Energy Alliance in support of their efforts to provide the energy industry and consumers with a deeper understanding of the critical importance of secure and affordable energy supplies,” said Charles Swanson, Houston Office Managing Partner.

 For more information about the Ernst & Young organization, visit www.ey.com.