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Grant County PUD Awards Contract for SoftSmiths Application Upgrade

Houston, TX. – May 31, 2007 – SoftSmiths, Inc., a leading energy software solutions and services company, today announced it has been awarded a contract by Grant County Public Utilities District for upgrading its SoftSmiths Power Suite as part of a technology upgrade, while protecting its existing application software investment and to support new business requirements.

Based on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), SoftSmiths Power offers front-to-back functionality for load forecasting, resource planning, trade capture, scheduling, transmission reservation, electronic tagging, risk measurement, credit control, wholesale checkout and accounting.

The upgrade to SoftSmiths Power Version 5 allows Grant County to take advantage of the latest functionality and rationalize their supporting IT infrastructure, in time to meet newly introduced business practices and reliability regulations, and be well equipped to meet future requirements in the constantly changing industry.

Grant PUD generates and sells electricity to Grant County residents and millions of customers throughout Central Washington and the Pacific Northwest.  The Priest Rapids Project, comprised of Priest Rapids and Wanapum Dams, produces nearly 2,000 megawatts of clean, renewable and reliable electricity – enough to supply a city the size of Seattle. 

Since 2002, Grant County has relied on a range of SoftSmiths applications, including SoftSmiths Power, SoftSmiths Electronic Tagging, SoftSmiths e-Link and SoftSmiths Market Portal.

"The on-going market changes and industry regulatory compliance challenges compel utilities to take new approaches and align their operations to simplify their business and IT infrastructures," said Hugo Stappers, Director of Sales and Marketing at SoftSmiths, Inc. "The upgrade at Grant County PUD not only illustrates their continued confidence in SoftSmiths but also underlines how SoftSmiths' integrated suite of applications helps companies evolve their business processes for greater efficiency and flexibility"

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths, Inc. delivers critical electronic energy trading and operations solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance profitability and reliability in the competitive marketplace. SoftSmiths' proven solutions and in-depth knowledge of the industry's business practices allow its customers to automate manual processes, eliminate redundancies, and increase business visibility across the enterprise to allow faster decision making and more informed decisions, thereby improving profitability, operational efficiencies and cash flow. The company has been successfully delivering e-business solutions to energy service companies since 1997.

SoftSmiths is a registered trademark of SoftSmiths, Inc.

Contact Information:

SoftSmiths Inc.
Hugo Stappers
Phone:    713.626.9184
Fax:          713.626.0186

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