Reliant Energy Chooses Market Leader GISBAgent(R) For Electronic Commerce in Texas Energy Market

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Group 8760

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Having established itself as the
 leading supplier of electronic commerce solutions for the deregulated
 Pennsylvania and New York State energy markets, Group 8760 has gained its
 second major client in the Texas marketplace.
     Reliant Energy recently selected Group 8760's Gas Industry Standards
 Board-certified GISBAgent(R) software for energy transactions over the
 Internet. El Paso Energy had earlier chosen GISBAgent(R), the most widely used
 Internet electronic commerce solution in the nation's competitive energy
 markets.
     Robert Frazier, Reliant's IT director for deregulation, noted that Reliant
 is in the process of splitting into two companies and recently had to decide
 how to implement a GISB-compliant communication protocol for moving large
 amounts of data between market players within Texas. Frazier said the company
 decided not to develop a GISB-compliant solution in-house, choosing instead to
 perform a trial of Group 8760's GISBAgent(R).
     "Our technical staff was greatly impressed by the ease of implementation
 and quality of the technical support from Group 8760," Frazier said. "We
 subsequently purchased a copy of the product for each of our two companies.
 Group 8760 tailored the in-house training to concentrate on the aspects of the
 product we were particularly interested in learning about in depth."
     Jim Buccigross, vice president of Group 8760's energy practice, said,
 "GISBAgent(R) is a solution that works right out of the box, which is why our
 product is the market leader. We're very pleased that Reliant has put its
 trust in Group 8760 and GISBAgent(R)."
     Added Robert Gustafson, senior client manager-utilities for AMR Research
 Inc., which specializes in e-business strategies and technologies, "Group 8760
 has much better market penetration than its competitors in providing
 electronic commerce solutions for the new, evolving marketplace for
 electricity and natural gas. They've proved they can get in there and get the
 job done."
 
     Reliant Energy (NYSE:   REI), based in Houston, is an international energy
 services and energy delivery company with approximately $29 billion in annual
 revenue and more than $32 billion in assets. The company has more than 23,000
 megawatts of power generation in operation in the United States and is one of
 only three companies to rank among both the five largest power marketers and
 the five largest natural gas marketers in the nation. Reliant also has
 wholesale trading and marketing operations and more than 3,400 megawatts of
 power generation in Western Europe. Reliant Energy's retail marketing and
 distribution operations serve nearly four million electricity and natural gas
 customers in the U.S., and its Internet infrastructure and communications
 company serves business customers in Texas.
 
     Group 8760 has been helping utility companies leverage technological and
 regulatory changes since 1996. Its market-leading GISBAgent(R) software
 provides inbound and outbound Internet EDI and other file transport between
 trading partners over the Internet. GISBAgent(R) clients include the majority
 of the utility distribution companies in the deregulated markets of
 Pennsylvania and New York State, including Duquesne Light Company, GPU, Penn
 Power, UGI Utilities, National Fuel, Niagara Mohawk, New York State Electric &
 Gas, PG Energy, and Rochester Gas & Electric, in addition to 25 other North
 American energy clients. 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.
 
 

SOURCE Group 8760
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Having established itself as the
 leading supplier of electronic commerce solutions for the deregulated
 Pennsylvania and New York State energy markets, Group 8760 has gained its
 second major client in the Texas marketplace.
     Reliant Energy recently selected Group 8760's Gas Industry Standards
 Board-certified GISBAgent(R) software for energy transactions over the
 Internet. El Paso Energy had earlier chosen GISBAgent(R), the most widely used
 Internet electronic commerce solution in the nation's competitive energy
 markets.
     Robert Frazier, Reliant's IT director for deregulation, noted that Reliant
 is in the process of splitting into two companies and recently had to decide
 how to implement a GISB-compliant communication protocol for moving large
 amounts of data between market players within Texas. Frazier said the company
 decided not to develop a GISB-compliant solution in-house, choosing instead to
 perform a trial of Group 8760's GISBAgent(R).
     "Our technical staff was greatly impressed by the ease of implementation
 and quality of the technical support from Group 8760," Frazier said. "We
 subsequently purchased a copy of the product for each of our two companies.
 Group 8760 tailored the in-house training to concentrate on the aspects of the
 product we were particularly interested in learning about in depth."
     Jim Buccigross, vice president of Group 8760's energy practice, said,
 "GISBAgent(R) is a solution that works right out of the box, which is why our
 product is the market leader. We're very pleased that Reliant has put its
 trust in Group 8760 and GISBAgent(R)."
     Added Robert Gustafson, senior client manager-utilities for AMR Research
 Inc., which specializes in e-business strategies and technologies, "Group 8760
 has much better market penetration than its competitors in providing
 electronic commerce solutions for the new, evolving marketplace for
 electricity and natural gas. They've proved they can get in there and get the
 job done."
 
     Reliant Energy (NYSE:   REI), based in Houston, is an international energy
 services and energy delivery company with approximately $29 billion in annual
 revenue and more than $32 billion in assets. The company has more than 23,000
 megawatts of power generation in operation in the United States and is one of
 only three companies to rank among both the five largest power marketers and
 the five largest natural gas marketers in the nation. Reliant also has
 wholesale trading and marketing operations and more than 3,400 megawatts of
 power generation in Western Europe. Reliant Energy's retail marketing and
 distribution operations serve nearly four million electricity and natural gas
 customers in the U.S., and its Internet infrastructure and communications
 company serves business customers in Texas.
 
     Group 8760 has been helping utility companies leverage technological and
 regulatory changes since 1996. Its market-leading GISBAgent(R) software
 provides inbound and outbound Internet EDI and other file transport between
 trading partners over the Internet. GISBAgent(R) clients include the majority
 of the utility distribution companies in the deregulated markets of
 Pennsylvania and New York State, including Duquesne Light Company, GPU, Penn
 Power, UGI Utilities, National Fuel, Niagara Mohawk, New York State Electric &
 Gas, PG Energy, and Rochester Gas & Electric, in addition to 25 other North
 American energy clients. 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.
 
 SOURCE  Group 8760