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SoftSmiths delivers Automation of Short Term Redirects to Bonneville Power Administration

Houston, TX. – September 15, 2003 – Today, SoftSmiths announced the delivery of automation of Short Term Reservation Requests and Short Term Redirects to Bonneville Power Administration - Transmission Business Line (BPAT), providing transmission customers the ability to reserve Short Term Firm (STF) transmission services, and Short Term Firm Redirects (STFR) of Short- and Long- Term transmission service on an automated basis. SoftSmiths delivers critical e-Business solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance profitability and reliability in the competitive marketplace.

Transmission Customers will be able to enter STF Reservations and STF Redirects via their Northwest OASIS node. SoftSmiths' e-Wheel application will interact with the OASIS, perform validation checks, and process each OASIS request according to its requirements (capacity and duration) for the requested services and the availability of transmission capacity (ATC) on the requested path. Subsequently, e-Wheel will update the status of the request (e.g. invalid, refused, accepted, counter offer), and transmit the updated transaction back to OASIS. Customers will then be able to confirm or withdraw accepted or counteroffered requests.

e-Wheel is the primary processing system for STF and STFR automation. e-Wheel is designed for Transmission Providers, Control Area Operators, and RTO's who face an increasingly diverse customer service base and require cutting-edge technology to accommodate transaction rates in the hundreds of thousands. SoftSmiths' e-Wheel Suite provides just that - a flexible, scalable business technology solution, seamlessly integrating Scheduling, Transmission Services, ATC Management, Interchange Checkout, EMS integration, Accounting and Reporting - so that Transmission Providers can stay on top in the changing business environment. The e-Wheel suite also provides BPAT with the NERC 1.7 compliant e-Authority and e-Approval applications.

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths is a leading provider of proven business critical Transaction Management Systems and services for Load Serving Entities, Generation Production Entities, Purchasing Selling Entities, and Transmission Providers who operate in physical markets to sell, purchase, trade, and deliver energy in the most efficient and cost- effective way. SoftSmiths’ seamlessly integrated, scalable, and adaptable solutions provide ready-to-deploy, out-of-the-box functionality that is highly configurable and customizable to meet companies' unique needs. 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.

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Hugo Stappers
Phone:    713.626.9184
Fax:          713.626.0186
Email:      mkt@softsmiths.com
Website:  www.softsmiths.com



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