EPRI makes power delivery reliability tools available through EXL Consulting

Palo Alto, Calif., July 22, 2002 — EPRI announced recently that the Distribution Program Knowledge Base, a database of utility distribution system “best practices,” and other products developed during its Power Delivery Reliability Initiative (PDRI) will now be available for purchase through EXL Consulting, Inc.

In addition to the database, PDRI products include on-site reliability assessments, proceedings from three PDRI workshops, and related reports on improving distribution system performance.

“EXL Consultants are uniquely qualified to present these products to utilities across the nation,” said Richard Lordan, director of EPRI’s transmission & distribution product line. “They are specialists in the area of electricity distribution reliability, and have worked closely with EPRI in providing R&D support and consulting services for the Initiative,”

During the two-phase Initiative, the key causes or “drivers” that affect the cost and reliability of electricity distribution were identified. In subsequent on-site assessments of participating utilities, these key drivers were used to help utility managers lower costs, improve reliability, and increase customer satisfaction.

“EPRI demonstrated its unique value by facilitating collaborative research that provides immediate and durable benefit to participants of the Power Delivery Research Initiative,” said Matthew Olearczyk, EXL’s managing partner for utility practices, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to help distribution utilities across the country take advantage of the research and on-site assessment methods that were so successfully used by Initiative participants.”

For more information about PDRI products and services, contact Matthew Olearczyk at 925-846-6060 or molearczk@exlconsulting.com.

EPRI (http://www.epri.com/), headquartered in Palo Alto, was established in 1973 as a center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI’s collaborative science and technology development program now spans nearly every area of power generation, delivery and use. More than 1000 energy organizations and public institutions in 40 countries draw on EPRI’s global network of technical and business expertise. For information about EPRI’s programs, visit the EPRI Destinations website at http://www.epri.com/destinations/

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