El Paso Electric and TIO Networks Launch Automated Bill Payment Service



    ~ El Paso Electric customers to have access to bill payment services at
    Circle K Convenience Stores in El Paso ~

    BURNABY, BC, March 3 /CNW/ - TIO Networks Corp., North America's leading
automated non-bank financial services network (TSX-V: TNC) and El Paso
Electric (EPE) (NYSE:  EE) today announced the launch of a self-serve automated
bill payment program for the utility's 351,000 customers to pay their bills
with cash at ZapLink branded kiosks in Circle K convenience stores in El Paso,
Texas.
    Beginning in April of 2008, El Paso Electric customers will be able to
pay their bills in cash 24-hours-a-day, at selected Circle K stores using the
ZapLink kiosk and entering account information directly on TIO's easy to use
touchscreen interface. "We're always happy to bring services and products into
our stores that facilitate the needs of our customers," said Debbie Meyer,
Financial Services Manager of Circle K Stores, Inc. Our ZapLink program with
TIO Networks Corp. continues to grow with important alliances such as El Paso
Electric. Transactions are securely completed in English or Spanish, and all
payments will be posted to the customer's account. Customers pay a $2
convenience fee per transaction.
    "El Paso Electric welcomes the opportunity to bring convenience in the
payment options we offer to our customers," said Kerry Lore, El Paso Electric
Vice President of Administration. "TIO offers our customers easy access
through its many convenience store locations. With this addition, El Paso
Electric is able to broaden the options our customers have to pay their
bills."
    "El Paso Electric recognizes the customer service benefits in offering
TIO's bill pay option to its cash paying customers," said Hamed Shahbazi
Chairman & CEO of TIO Networks Corp. "TIO is excited about offering El Paso
Electric customers the most convenient bill payment program in the marketplace
today."

    About TIO Networks Corp.

    TIO Networks Corp. powers the "Walk Up Financial Services" marketplace
with thousands of leading edge automated self-service and clerk assisted
solutions. TIO owns the largest and most convenient national network of cash
accepting ATMs for bill payment and prepaid services for the 'cash preferred'
consumer marketplace in North America. TIO symbolizes fast, convenient, safe
and secure access to key financial services. For more information, please
visit www.TIOnetworks.com

    About El Paso Electric

    El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation,
transmission and distribution service to approximately 351,000 retail and
wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in
west Texas and southern New Mexico. EPE has a net dependable generating
capability of 1,492 MW. EPE's common stock trades on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol EE.

    About Circle K Stores Inc.

    Circle K Stores Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation
Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry.
    In North America, Couche-Tard is the fourth largest convenience store
operator and the second largest independent (not integrated with a petroleum
company) convenience store operator. The Company currently operates a network
of 4,898 convenience stores, 3,073 of which include motor fuel dispensing,
located in eight large geographic markets, including three in Canada and five
that cover 23 American states in the United States. Some 34,000 people work at
Couche-Tard's executive offices and throughout the network.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed this news release and does not
    accept responsibility for its adequacy and accuracy.

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For further information:

For further information: Behshad Hastibakhsh, Media Relations - TIO
Networks, Tel: (604) 298-4636, Ext. 250, Toll Free: (888) 679-3322, Email:
pr@TIOnetworks.com; John Lewis, Business Development - TIO Networks, Tel:
(416) 364-2266, Email: jrlewis@TIOnetworks.com; El Paso Electric, El Paso,
Teresa Souza, (915) 543-5823


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