Energy Insights’ and IDC’s Energy and Utilities Forum Brings Together Leading Energy and Utility Executives to Discuss Building the Intelligent Utility

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 29, 2007 – IDC and Energy Insights present an impressive roster of speakers at their second annual Energy and Utilities Forum being held April 24, 2007 at the Park Hyatt Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Headlining the agenda is Kurt E. Yeager, Executive Director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative. Yeager will kick off the Forum with a keynote address, "Perfecting the Quality of Electricity Service: The Intelligent Utility System's End Goal."

Designed for senior IT and business executives seeking practical strategies and tools for building the intelligent utility, this event will feature presentations and end-user case studies from IDC and Energy Insights analysts, subject matter experts, and key utility executives. Speakers from American Electric Power, Austin Energy, Kansas City Power and Light, National Grid, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Xcel Energy will offer presentations on key industry topics, including "Smart Metering; Customer Response to Intelligent Offerings," "Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources," "The Intelligent Generation Plant," and "Meter Data Management." Executive panel discussions on The Disappearing Boundary Between Information and Energy Technologies and How Emerging Technologies Will Enable the Intelligent Utility will also be featured.

According to Rick Nicholson, Vice President of Research for Energy Insights and chairman of the conference, "The current economic and government climate finds energy and utility executives under increasing pressure to modernize their business processes and enabling technologies. As such, business and IT executives must collaborate to create innovative strategies that will transform their organizations into intelligent utilities. This Forum was designed to provide the strategies and real-world perspectives needed to help these executives meet the ongoing challenges of achieving a higher level of intelligence and automation."

Forum Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors of the Forum include IBM, Oracle|SPL, OSISoft, Inc., DevonWay, LODESTAR Corporation, Microsoft, MRO Software, and SAP.

Media Partners of the Forum include Electric Light and Power Magazine, Energy Biz Magazine, Energy Central, Public Utilities Fortnightly Magazine, SNL Energy, and Utility Automation & Engineering T&D Magazine

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC's website at www.idc.com/energy-utilities07 .

If you are a member of the media interested in attending the Forum, you must be credentialed prior to arrival. Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Lisa O'Brien at 508-988-7557 or lobrien@idc.com.

About Energy Insights

Energy Insights, an IDC company, provides research-based advisory and consulting services focused on market and technology developments impacting the rapidly evolving energy industry. Energy Insights serves a diverse and growing global client base – including electric and gas utilities, information technology vendors, independent power producers, retail energy providers, oil and gas companies, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, financial institutions, professional services firms, and other organizations. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry-specific business and technology experience, Energy Insights provides full coverage of the energy industry value chain – including upstream, downstream, wholesale, delivery, and customer service activities. For more information, please visit www.energy-insights.com

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com .

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