Dominion delivers online billing and payment to nearly 4 million natural gas and electric customers

ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2002 — CheckFree i-Solutions and Dominion recently announced that customers of Dominion East Ohio, Dominion Peoples and Dominion Hope can now receive and pay their gas bill online.

The three natural gas companies serve 1.9 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Since 1999, Dominion has offered CheckFree-powered electronic bill distribution and payment to Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power electric customers. Now, all Dominion customers can enroll through www.dom.com , the CheckFree distribution network of more than 580 banks, portals, credit unions and personal financial management software, or www.checkfree.com .

By enrolling at one of the CheckFree distribution network sites, Dominion customers can receive and pay other bills from a growing number of telephone, mortgage, insurance, credit card companies, newspaper publishers and more. Consumers can also use “pay everyone” services to make payments from their computers to anyone to whom they would write a check.

This includes all payments such as charitable deductions and money sent to individuals, such as children in college. To find out what bills are available online and to help identify which site is best suited for bill paying needs, consumers can visit www.checkfree.com/freedom .

Dominion is utilizing CheckFree i-Utility software — developed specifically for the needs of utility companies — to deliver highly interactive electronic bills and statements to its residential and the majority of its business customers. Using the software platform, Dominion offers its customers tools for online monitoring and comparing monthly energy usage. CheckFree i-Utility also enables Dominion’s customers to easily access up to six month worth of bills.

Dominion offers its customers a biller direct electronic billing service that is powered by CheckFree i-Solutions. Online payments for Dominion’s biller direct site, www.dom.com, are processed using the CheckFree Hosted Payment service. This solution enables Dominion to accept electronic payments from its customers over the Web via a Web server. The service provides a high level of payment functionality and convenience to Dominion customers.

About Dominion

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers of energy, with a production capability of more than 3 trillion British thermal unit of energy per day. Dominion has a diversified and integrated energy portfolio consisting of over 22,100-megawatts of generation, 5.1 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves, 7,600 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline and the nation’s largest underground natural gas storage system with more than 950 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. Dominion also serves 3.9 million franchise natural gas and electric customers in five states.

In addition, Dominion owns a managing equity interest in Dominion Fiber Ventures LLC, owner of Dominion Telecom. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s web site at www.dom.com .

About CheckFree i-Solutions (www.checkfreeisolutions.com )

As a software group within CheckFree Corporation, CheckFree i-Solutions is a provider of end-to-end business-to-consumer and business-to- business solutions for e-billing and payment and e-statement delivery.

CheckFree i-Solutions offers CheckFree i-Series software for e-bill and e- statement creation, i-Processing services that include payment and distribution through more than 580 financial services sites and customer care, and i-Hosting services that accommodate software hosting and full-service outsourcing.

With 265 billers under contract, CheckFree i-Solutions is committed to helping billers, financial services organizations and biller service providers leverage electronic bills and statements as interactive conduits to customer relationship management, marketing and customer self service applications.

About CheckFree (www.checkfreecorp.com )

CheckFree is a provider of financial electronic commerce services and products. Founded in 1981 and celebrating its 21st year in e-commerce, CheckFree is comprised of three divisions: Electronic Commerce, Software, and Investment Services. CheckFree launched the first fully integrated electronic billing and payment solution in 1997.

As of June 30, 2002, CheckFree’s Electronic Commerce division enabled 6.6 million consumers to receive and pay bills electronically. The company has multi-year contracts with 265 of the nation’s top billers to provide online billing and payment through 584 financial services organizations, including banks, brokerage firms, Internet portals and content sites and personal financial management (PFM) software. CheckFree Investment Services provides a broad range of investment management services to thousands of financial institutions nationwide. The division’s clients manage about 1.2 million portfolios totaling more than $500 billion in assets.

CheckFree’s Software division provides solutions through three operating units: CheckFree ACH Solutions, CheckFree Financial and Compliance Solutions (CFACS), and CheckFree i-Solutions. CheckFree ACH Solutions provides software and services that are used to process more than two-thirds of the nation’s eight billion Automated Clearing House payments, while CFACS provides reconciliation and compliance software and services to more than 400 organizations in the banking, brokerage, utility, retail, insurance and credit card industries, among others.

Source: CheckFree Corporation

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