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OSI Selected by a Joint Utility Group to Deliver 7 SCADA/EMS Systems for 7 Operating Companies

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been awarded seven contracts by a Joint Utility Procurement (JUP) project to deliver seven SCADA/EMS systems.

JUP members include: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Florida; Lakeland Electric, Florida; Memphis Light, Gas & Water, Tennessee; Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., North Dakota; South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Mississippi; City of Tallahassee, Florida; and Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc., Michigan.

The JUP group has been a voluntary membership program since the mid-1990s, between a group of utilities that wanted to collaborate on procurement and support of their SCADA/EMS systems. The utilities achieve economies of scale savings in the procurement, implementation and support costs as well as collaborative relationship between parties to assist in the long-term support of these systems. The utilities leverage not only the buying power of the combined utilities but also coordinate periodic system upgrades to ensure they stay current with the latest technology.

The seven new SCADA/EMS systems are based on OSI's monarch™ (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platform and include OSI's next-generation, .NET based Graphical User Interface, SCADA, Historian and Generation Management and Transmission Management applications.

"We are very excited and pleased to have the JUP group's trust in OSI and our technology and we welcome this group to our family of users. We are confident that this project will be of an exemplary execution and will be delivered on schedule and within budget," said Bahman Hoveida, President & CEO of OSI.

"From the viewpoint of current ability, business and personal relations and future enhancements, we have found OSI to be everything we expected and more. This decision was made with a great deal of research and investigation and in the end, we found OSI to be more than a product. We found each individual to be part of a talented and dedicated family who have produced a system with which they take personal pride and ownership. It is an honor to be associated with such," said Tommy Clark, Director of Computer and Control Systems at South Mississippi Electric Power Association.

About JUP Members:

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), is a multi-service utility owned by the City of Gainesville and is the 5th largest municipal electric utility in Florida. GRU serves approximately 93,000 retail and wholesale customers in Gainesville and surrounding areas, offering electric, natural gas, water, wastewater and telecommunications services. www.gru.com

Lakeland Electric is a full service municipal utility, servicing over 120,000 customers with some of the most economically priced electricity in the state of Florida. Lakeland Electric is the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago. www.lakelandelectric.com

Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) is the nation's largest three-service municipal utility, serving nearly 421,000 customers. Since 1939, MLGW has met the utility needs of Memphis and Shelby County residents by delivering reliable and affordable electricity, natural gas and water service. www.mlgw.com

Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. (MPC) is a regional generation and transmission cooperative serving 11 member-owner distribution cooperatives. Minnkota's service area of 34,500 square miles is located in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Through its generation resources, Minnkota has some of the most competitive wholesale electrical rates in the country. www.minnkota.com

The City of Tallahassee is committed to enriching the quality of life in Tallahassee by providing clean and reliable electric service to their customers through a professional and diverse workforce that is committed to safe, responsible, cost effective and customer-focused operations. They are a vertically integrated electric utility with generation, transmission and distribution operations. As the 4th largest municipal electric utility in Florida and the 22nd largest in the United States (of over 2,000), their 295 employees are dedicated to meeting the electric service needs of their customers.www.talgov.com

South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) is a Generation and Transmission cooperative that has been in business for more than 40 years. SMEPA began by meeting the wholesale power requirements of seven small electric power associations. SMEPA provides reliable, economical electric power for more than 412,000 homes and businesses served by their eleven Member systems. www.smepa.coop

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. (WPSC) is a generation and transmission electric cooperative headquartered in Cadillac, Michigan. Wolverine is owned by and supplies wholesale electric power to seven members: Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy, HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Midwest Energy Cooperative, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, Spartan Renewable Energy and Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative. Wolverine members have served rural portions of Michigan's Lower Peninsula for nearly 70 years and today, they provide electricity to more than 260,000 homes, farms and businesses. www.wpsci.com

OSI (www.osii.com) provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Outage Management Systems (OMS), Generation Management Systems (GMS), Substation Automation systems (SA); Data Warehousing and Historians, as well as individual software and hardware products and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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