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Grant County PUD selects SoftSmiths' Electronic Tagging Portal Suite to implement E-Tag 1.7

Houston, TX. – April 30, 2002 – Today, SoftSmiths announced that Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County WA, has selected SoftSmiths Electronic Tagging Portal Suite (ETPS) to provide its NERC E-Tag 1.7 compliant tagging solution. The Grant County Public Utility District, located in Central Washington, is a municipal corporation of the state of Washington. The District is a major generating utility with two large hydroelectric developments on the Columbia River and two small generating plants on local irrigation canals. Electricity is sold on a nonprofit retail basis to Grant County residents and wholesale to utilities serving customers in seven Western and Northwestern states. SoftSmiths delivers critical e-Business solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance profitability and reliability in the competitive marketplace.

"We needed an easy-to-use, robust and highly available platform," said Frank Tempel, Systems Control Manager at Grant County Public Utility District. "We believe SoftSmiths’ Electronic Tagging Suite is that solution. Intuitive for the business user to operate and supporting our requirements for continuous throughput, it provides us the most steady and stable platform in the market place."

The Electronic Tagging Portal Suite (ETPS) provides virtually limitless scalability and availability. ETPS includes three components - e-Agent, e-Authority and e-Approval - and enables all entities (Control Area Operators, Purchasing/Selling Entities, Transmission Providers, Load Serving Entities, and Generation Producers) involved in energy delivery transactions to create, verify, approve and manage transactions electronically using the internet as its platform

"We welcome Grant County PUD to our growing customer base", said Larry Stone, Director of Engineering at SoftSmiths. "Built on SoftSmiths’ proven e-Business application infrastructure, SoftSmiths’ ETPS ensures scalability, availability, reliability, and ease of integration that allows Grant County to maintain an uninterrupted focus on their business. The ETPS software not only supports integration with SoftSmiths' e-Merchant and e-Wheel transaction and scheduling systems, including automatic tag creation, but also provides tight integration with legacy back-office systems."

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths is a leading provider of proven business critical Transaction Management Systems and services to the energy industry. SoftSmiths' seamlessly integrated and scalable products are designed to address increased customer and transaction volumes and yield increased operational efficiencies, thereby enabling its customers to profitably operate in the competitive marketplace. SoftSmiths' highly differentiated position in the market is a result of its in-depth knowledge of the industry’s business practices, having the broadest product development strategy and using its intellectual property and consulting service to meet its customer’s competitive business requirements. The company has been successfully delivering e-business solutions to energy service companies since 1997.

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