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Group 8760's GISBAgentĀ® Clients in New York State Ready To Implement EDI Standards Approved by Public Service Commission

June 1, 2001 - Birmingham, AL

Group 8760's New York State clients are ready to participate in the state's restructured energy market under rules recently approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), a Group 8760 official said this week.

The rules approved by the PSC for electronic data interchange (EDI) among electricity and natural gas service providers call for the use of Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB) standards. Five major New York State utilities-Rochester Gas and Electric Co., New York State Electric and Gas Co., Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, National Fuel Gas Corporation, and KeySpan Energy - use Group 8760's GISB-certified GISBAgentĀ®.

GISBAgentĀ® is the most widely used Internet communications solution in the nation's competitive energy markets.

"New York's choice of EDI and the GISB electronic delivery mechanism standards allows energy suppliers and utilities to utilize the security, reliability and privacy that the Internet can now offer," said Jim Buccigross, vice president of Group 8760's energy practice and chairman of the GISB Executive Committee.

John D'Aloia, Power System Operations Specialist for the New York Department of Public Service, said, "The use of standardized EDI transactions across the Internet for competitive energy suppliers and utilities will ensure that New Yorkers will reap all the benefits of competition, including lower prices, by having a choice of suppliers of electricity and natural gas.

Additional information on Group 8760 is available on the Internet at http://www.8760.com or by contacting Helen Markland or Jim Mark at (205) 250-8053.