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Group 8760, ESG Supply Group 8760's Market-Leading GISBAgent® Software to 34 Companies in Competitive Energy Marketplace

March 29, 2001 • Birmingham, Alabama

Group 8760, together with its business partner Energy Services Group (ESG), now supplies Group 8760's Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB)-certified GISBAgent® software to 34 gas and electric companies, making GISBAgent the most widely used Internet communications solutions in the nation's competitive energy markets.

Many companies, including the majority of utility distribution companies participating in the deregulated New York State and Pennsylvania marketplaces, have licensed GISBAgent directly from Group 8760. Others have chosed to outsource their electronic data interchange and other e-commerce needs to ESG, which uses GISBAgent within the system architecture of its managed e-commerce services.

"We have been extremely pleased with the flexibility, security and reliability of GISBAgent," said Bryn Owen, vice president of business development at ESG. "GISBAgent has been a cost-effective solution that supports the transmission requirements of multiple markets, allowing us to provide rapid access to deregulated markets of our clients."

Added Jim Mark, chief operating officer of Group 8760, "Whether companies contract for GISBAgent directly through Group 8760 or through ESG, they are assured of getting a functionally rich and scalable solution for their e-commerce initiatives."

ESG, with headquarters in Massachusetts and offices in Texas and Vermont, is a strategic source of managed e-commerce services tailored to meet the requirements of competitive natural gas and electricity markets across the U.S. Its state-of-the-art processing systems, supported by experienced professionals, enable clients to enter and compete successfully in rapidly changing and complex energy markets. ESG's data processing infrastructure supports over 75 utility trading partners, providing market access to nearly 100 million deregulated energy accounts. Additional information on ESG is available on the Internet at http://www.energyservicesgroup.net or by calling 1-800-773-3298.

Group 8760 has been helping utility companies leverage technological and regulatory changes since 1996. Group 8760's enabling technology, InsideAgent®, providing the electronic infrastructure that allows clients to connect directly with customers, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and other trading partners. Its market-leading GISBAgent software provides inbound and outbound Internet EDI and other file transport trading partners over the Internet. Additional information on Group 8760 is available on the Internet at http://www.8760.com or by contracting Helen Markland or Jim Mark at (205) 250-8053.