Austin Energy Selects LODESTAR for Load Research Analysis

    LodeStar Software Gives Utilities Best-In-Class Capabilities for
    Understanding How Customers Use Energy

    PEABODY, Mass., March 15 /CNW/ -- LODESTAR Corporation, a leading
developer of software for the energy industry, today announced that Austin
Energy has licensed its flagship LodeStar(R) software to perform load
research.  Based in Austin, Texas, Austin Energy is the nation's 10th largest
community-owned electric utility, serving 360,000 customers and a population
of more than 800,000.
    Load research is the analysis of utility usage data to better understand
when and how customers use energy. LodeStar is a software solution designed to
collect, manage and analyze load research data.  It consists of subsystems for
Sampling, Data Management and Data Analysis.  With LodeStar, utilities like
Austin Energy can optimize load forecasting, cost-of-service, and marketing
programs.  LodeStar has specific pre-built features for:

    -- Designing single or multi-dimensional samples
    -- Loading, validating and automatically fixing incorrect data
    -- Producing robust, customizable reports
    -- Managing interval data storage
    -- Performing MPU, Ratio, 100 percent, Domains, or Individual Customer
    -- Graphically viewing/editing any interval data or analysis results

    "To streamline and optimize their operations, load research is a critical
component for every utility," said Glenn MacRill, vice president of North
American sales and services for LODESTAR.  "We're extremely pleased that the
world's leading utilities continue to select LODESTAR for their load research

    About LODESTAR Corporation
    LODESTAR Corporation is a leading provider of energy software solutions.
Our customers include 125 of the largest energy companies in North America,
Europe, and Australia.  LODESTAR Corporation's headquarters is at Two
Corporation Way in Peabody, MA 01960 USA. LODESTAR and LODESTAR's other marks
are either trademarks or registered trademarks of LODESTAR Corporation in the
U.S. and/or other countries.  All other brands or products are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as

    Contact:  Michael DiLorenzo
              +1 617.233.4812


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