Xcel Energy to implement GE Network Solutions Spatial Technology

ATLANTA, Ga., August 20, 2002 — GE Network Solutions, a supplier of technology solutions to the utilities industry, announced that Xcel Energy has selected the Smallworld Core Spatial Technologyà¢â€ž- software from GE Network Solutions to standardize the management of its distribution networks throughout the company.

Xcel Energy, the nation’s fourth largest natural gas and electric utility company, will implement the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology software across its entire merged service territory.

Tim Taylor, vice president of Asset Management at Xcel Energy, stated, “The GE Network Solutions product satisfied our requirements for consolidating our disparate geographic information systems (GIS). We needed one common system for all of Xcel Energy that would allow us to uniformly utilize the asset information contained in the GIS and provide the opportunity to continue efficiency and effectiveness improvements.”

Xcel Energy was formed in August 2000 from the merger of Denver-based New Century Energies and Minneapolis-based Northern States Power Co. In an effort to consolidate different information technology systems at the two former companies, Xcel was faced with choosing between two existing geographic information systems. New Century Energies was a long-time GE Network Solutions customer with an extensive

Smallworld spatial technology implementation; Northern States Power was using a competitor’s GIS product. After a comprehensive evaluation period, Xcel Energy selected GE Network Solutions software to implement across the company.

Henry Stueber, president of GE Network Solutions, said, “New Century Energies (formerly Public Service Company of Colorado) was one of the first GE Network Solutions customers in North America and has been extremely successful using our GIS software in support of its business goals. We are very pleased to be providing GIS software for the entire company.”

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. (www.xcelenergy.com) operates in 12 Western and Midwestern states. The utility provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.2 million electricity customers and 1.7 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Xcel Energy owns nearly 90,000 miles of electricity transmission and distribution lines, and more than 31,000 miles of natural gas pipelines.

GE Network Solutions, a division of GE Power Systems, offers technology-based, end-to-end network management solutions to utility, communication and public systems organizations. It has more than 900 customers in 44 countries around the world.

About GE Power Systems

GE Power Systems (www.gepower.com) is a supplier of power generation technology, energy services and management systems with 2001 revenues exceeding $20 billion. The business has the largest installed base of power generation equipment in the global energy industry. GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.

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