Enporion and CN Utility Consulting announce joint alliance to deliver vegetation management solutions to utilities

TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 17, 2002 — Enporion, an energy industry e-marketplace, and CN Utility Consulting, a consultant organization to utilities and their suppliers in vegetation management, recently announced the companies have signed a marketing alliance agreement that will expand Enporion’s e-commerce offerings.

In the electric utility industry, the encroachment of trees and vegetation into overhead power lines is one of the leading causes of electric outages. Maintaining the vegetation around overhead power lines is also typically one of the largest maintenance costs associated with electric transmission and distribution systems. Utility companies currently spend more than $2.5 billion per year on vegetation management.

Enporion’s marketing alliance with CN Utility Consulting will combine the subject matter expertise of CNUC and Enporion’s Dynamic Commerce Services to significantly reduce this major expense to utility companies.

Enporion’s members will be able to receive more favorable contracts with major vegetation management companies by aggregating their spend for these services and by standardizing terms and conditions. Vegetation management suppliers will realize increased business volumes, more efficient electronic processing of orders, and can also take advantage of Enporion’s services to reduce the costs of their own procurement activities.

“We are pleased to be able to offer an additional suite of services to the utility industry. Members of Enporion are realizing savings of 10-to-20 percent of their spend on direct and indirect purchased goods and services,” said Enporion CEO George Gordon. “This alliance with CNUC will offer our members, both buyers and suppliers, the opportunity to achieve the same savings in vegetation management procurement.”

“We believe the combination of Enporion’s supply chain management expertise and our concrete understanding of the utility vegetation management industry will result in many new and valuable tools for the Utility Arborist. This is a big step forward for our very specialized industry and we are excited to be a part of it, ” said CNUC Partner Stephen Cieslewicz.

About Enporion
Enporion is an electronic marketplace, founded by gas and electric energy companies, to improve the efficiency of business transactions between buyers and suppliers. Enporion’s goal is to simplify the buying process and to drive operational excellence through supply chain improvement.

By reducing cycle times, lowering inventories, and reducing transaction costs, buyers and suppliers will realize enhanced profitability. Enporion buyers access new suppliers and experience supply chain process improvements, thus lowering overall operating costs.

Suppliers reap the benefit of a smoother interface and exposure to new customers, while having their voices heard through a permanent Enporion Supplier Council. Founding members of Enporion include Allegheny Energy, Inc., Allete, Ameren Corporation, CMS Energy Corporation, Keyspan Corporation, PPL Corporation and UGI Corporation. The company’s Web address is www.enporion.com.

About CN Utility Consulting
CN Utility Consulting was founded to provide peerless consulting and training services to the electric utility vegetation management (UVM) industry. CNUC offers a wide variety of services to electric utility companies, vegetation management contractors, and professionals in the legal and regulatory arena.

Services include program reviews, training, litigation support, benchmarking, research, and other related services to this very specialized industry. CNUC is particularly experienced in all facets of UVM contract development and bidding strategies, which can help reduce overall costs to electric utility companies and their suppliers.

CNUC also owns and operates the Tree Line Connection (TLC) web site at www.utilityarborist.com. TLC is the industry hub for the utility vegetation management industry and offers various educational and industry specific content. The CNUC Web address is www.cnutility.com.

SOURCE: Enporion

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