updated 3/10/2011 9:47:02 AM ET 2011-03-10T14:47:02

STAMFORD, Conn., March 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeServe USA (HomeServe), the nation's leading provider of emergency home repair programs, has signed a long-term agreement to provide emergency home repair plans to homeowners in Arizona served by Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES), subsidiaries of UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE:UNS). The addition of the 580,000 residential customers of TEP and UES brings the number of HomeServe's accessible households across the nation in excess of 21 million.

The new agreement will provide a wide array of affordable service options for electric and gas customers of these Arizona utilities. Initial service offerings will include cooling repair, electrical wiring and water heater repair/replace options.

"Owning a home can bring many challenges, especially in an emergency when home repairs are needed in a hurry," observed Jonathan King, chief executive officer of HomeServe USA. "With a HomeServe plan, homeowners are just a phone call away from having a qualified service technician come to quickly solve their problem."

"We are excited to work with HomeServe based on their track record of providing emergency home repair service plans to customers around the country," said Steve Lynn, chief customer officer of TEP and UES. "We wanted our customers to have access to these affordable options to help protect them and their homes, and we believe our relationship with HomeServe provides this opportunity."

Customers of TEP and UES will receive more information about this new program offering in the next few months. 

About HomeServe

Home Service USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of homeowner assistance services. The company was established in 2003 and has grown to protect more than 800,000 homeowners holding 1.2 million service plans across 36 states against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. HomeServe dedicates itself to being a customer focused company offering best practices in marketing and service. For more information about HomeServe, please go to www.homeserveusa.com

About UniSource Energy

UniSource Energy Corporation is a Tucson, Arizona-based company with consolidated assets of approximately $3.8 billion. Its primary subsidiaries include Tucson Electric Power, which serves more than 402,000 customers in southern Arizona, and UniSource Energy Services, provider of natural gas and electric service for about 237,000 customers in 30 communities across northern and southern Arizona. For more information, visit uns.com.

CONTACT: Myles Meehan, HomeServe
         Phone: 203-356-4259
         Email: HomeService@homeserveusa.com

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