Christine Richards Joins IDC’s Energy Insights Company

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 26, 2005 – H. Christine Richards has joined Energy Insights, an IDC Company, as Research Analyst. In her new role, Ms. Richards will provide research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable executives from energy companies to maximize the business value of their technology investments and drive technology-enabled business innovation. Ms. Richards' services will also enable vendors who serve the energy industry to understand market size and industry dynamics.

Specifically, Ms. Richards will play a key role in developing and managing the company's oil and gas and utility industry IT spending guides and various benchmarking and metrics studies. "Christine brings a solid track record of providing compelling research and analysis that will enable our clients to make more informed technology decisions," said Rick Nicholson, vice president of Research, Energy Insights.

Previously, Ms. Richards served as a consultant to the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, where she developed a study to measure how job gains or losses by individual manufacturers impact the broader community. She also consulted for a town board in New York where she researched and presented economic and geographic data to the planning committee.

Ms. Richards is a recent graduate from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, where she obtained her Master in Regional Planning degree. She also has a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Colorado State University.

About Energy Insights, an IDC Company

Energy Insights, an IDC Company, provides energy industry executives with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable energy companies to maximize the business value of their technology investments, minimize technology risk through accurate planning, benchmark themselves against industry peers, adopt industry best practices for business/technology alignment, make more informed technology decisions and drive technology-enabled business innovation.

Energy Insights provides full coverage of the energy industry value chain from upstream to retail activities. Staffed by senior analysts with significant technology experience in the energy industry, Energy Insights provides a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs.

Founded in January 2005, Energy Insights is headquartered in Framingham, Mass. Visit http://www.energy-insights.com for more information.

IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.

Energy Insights, an IDC Company Shellie James, 508-988-7566 sjames@energy-insights.com