LODESTAR to Demonstrate Utility Industry's Leading Load Research Solutions at WLRA Conference

    Company's LodeStar and Interval Data Manager software give utilities
    best-in-class load research capabilities

    PEABODY, MA., March 5 /CNW/ - LODESTAR Corporation, a leading developer
of software for the energy industry, today announced that it will be
demonstrating the capabilities of both its flagship LodeStar and Interval Data
Manager solutions at the Western Load Research Association (WLRA) Conference,
held March 14-16 in Ketchum, Idaho.
    Load research is the analysis of utility usage data to better understand
when and how customers use energy. This data is typically used to support load
forecasting, cost-of-service and marketing programs. Demonstrations available
at the WLRA conference will illustrate that LodeStar is the most robust and
accurate industry standard solution for dealing with the challenges of the
modern electric utility industry.
    LODESTAR will be demonstrating two solutions at the show that address
practical applications of load research. They include:
    LodeStar -- LodeStar is a solution designed to help collect, manage and
analyze load research data. It consists of subsystems for Sampling, Data
Management and Data Analysis. It enables users to:

     - Design single or multi-dimensional samples
     - Load, validate and automatically fix incorrect data
     - Produce robust, customizable reports
     - Manage interval data storage
     - Perform MPU, Ratio, 100%, Domains, or Individual Customer Analysis
     - Graphically view/edit any interval data or analysis results

    Interval Data Manager (IDM) -- With IDM, LodeStar users can apply a range
of manual and automated functions to smooth dips and spikes via historical
extrapolation as well as perform other mathematical or load data editing
operations. To cut down on the time spent on editing, IDM allows users to
apply these tools to a single cut, a range of values within a cut, or multiple
cuts at once.
    IDM offers a robust set of features that allows users more flexibility to
edit their data, including a new web-based GUI that provides for both exact
key entry and drag-and-drop editing. Users can find specific cuts of data by
using a powerful search tool, using keyword values for certain fields,
wildcards, validation status or ordinal values. Most importantly, IDM archives
all data to ensure cuts can be restored to their original state at any time.

    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

For further information:

For further information: Michael DiLorenzo of LODESTAR Corporation,
+1-617-233-4812, or michael_dilorenzo@lodestarcorp.com, Web Site:

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