Third Annual Energy and Utilities Summit Brings Together Executives to Discuss the Role of Intelligent Technologies in Addressing Climate Change

FRAMINGHAM, MA – April 2, 2008 – IDC and Energy Insights present an impressive roster of speakers at the 3rd( )Annual Energy and Utilities Summit being held April 16, 2008 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

The Summit is designed to bring together senior energy industry technology, customer service, marketing, and operations executives to explore the role of intelligent technologies in addressing climate change issues. The agenda will feature presentations and end-user case studies that communicate real-world perspectives from Energy Insights analysts, subject matter experts, and peer executives.

This year’s theme, The Role of Intelligent Technologies in Addressing Climate Change, will feature a keynote address – "Climate Change Strategy and the Role of the Smart Grid City at Xcel Energy" – by Frank Prager, vice president, Environmental Policy, and Roy Palmer, managing director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, at Xcel Energy.

Additional speakers from Alcatel-Lucent, APX Inc, Colorado Springs Utilities, Electric Power Research Institute, Elster Integrated Solutions, Energy Insights, IDC, Microsoft, Oracle, PPL Utilities, Storage Networking Industry Association and more, will address key industry topics such as Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Trading Markets, Billing and Meter Data Management, Smart Grid and Demand Response, Green IT, and Smart Metering. An executive panel discussion, "Climate Change – The Role of IT," will also be featured.

According to Rick Nicholson, vice president Energy Insights and chairman of the Summit, “Rising energy prices, especially for oil and natural gas, government energy policies and regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions, and investments by venture capitalists, private equity firms, and energy companies are driving increased focus and spending on a range of energy and information technologies. To be successful, energy companies and technology vendors alike must get up to speed rapidly and stay abreast of a vast array of market and technology developments. This Summit was designed to provide the strategies and real-world perspectives needed to help Executives meet the ongoing challenges posed by climate change.”

Sponsors of the Summit include Elster, Microsoft, Oracle, APX, Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, and Accenture.

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

For more information or to register for the Summit, please visit www.idc.com/energy-utilities08 . 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. More than 900 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 90 countries worldwide. For more than 43 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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