National Grid Selects BRIDGE Energy Group to Lead Delivery of the Most Comprehensive Smart Grid Deployment in the Northeast

    National Grid Selects BRIDGE Energy Group to Lead Delivery of the Most
             Comprehensive Smart Grid Deployment in the Northeast

Cloud-Based Grid Project to Set Standard for the Utility of the Future

PR Newswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 15, 2013

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BRIDGE Energy Group, the
leading Utility business consulting and systems integration solutions
provider, today announced that National Grid has selected the organization as
the project leader and primary system integrator for the company's Smart Grid
project in Worcester, Massachusetts, which covers approximately 15,000
customers.

National Grid's smart grid pilot, developed in partnership with customers, the
city of Worcester and other key parties, is designed to provide participating
customers a new level of choice and control over their energy use through
advanced technology. The goals of this project include empowering customers to
save energy, increasing electric service reliability and improving response to
power outages.

"Utilities are transforming the way they do business in order to become more
customer-centric, energy efficient and operationally effective, improving
consumer programs and reducing power outages," said David E. Olsson, CEO of
BRIDGE Energy Group. "BRIDGE's Utility-focused domain and technology expertise
will be applied to piloting and implementing National Grid's transformational
advances in their technological, operational and customer practices."

This local project is expected to serve as a model for how to deploy all
essential technologies, such as head end systems and MDMs, in a Software as a
Service (SaaS) model. It will also be the first to utilize 4G WiMAX
technology for network communications.

"We are excited that the collective vision for this project has transitioned
from the planning stage to implementation," said Cheri Warren, Vice President
of Asset Management at National Grid. "Our focus now is delivering on this
vision alongside a select group of technologies and industry experts, managed
by BRIDGE Energy Group, to help us achieve this goal."

BRIDGE has been selected by National Grid for the definition, management and
delivery on several fronts including Program Governance and Management,
Business Readiness, Solution Architecture and Design, Testing and Transition
to Operations. In addition to managing over a dozen different vendors and
technologies, BRIDGE's team of integration experts is also responsible for
defining the end-to-end architecture in conjunction with the National Grid IS
teams and technical vendor teams.

Updated communications on Worcester's energy transformation can be viewed at
www.green2growth.com.

About BRIDGE Energy Group
BRIDGE Energy Group is the leading Utility business consulting and systems
integration solutions provider for clients in the energy industry. BRIDGE
offers business and IT transformation strategy planning, program management
and expert implementation services in support of key Market Operations,
Customer Support Systems, Grid Operations and Smart Grid initiatives across
Transmission, Distribution, Independent System Operators and Regional
Transmission Operators. Founded in 2004, BRIDGE is headquartered in
Marlborough, MA. For more information on BRIDGE, please contact 888-351-8999
or visit www.BridgeEnergyGroup.com.

SOURCE BRIDGE Energy Group

Website: http://www.bridgeenergygroup.com
Contact: Kerri Martinek, Director of Marketing, +1-508-281-7132,
kmartinek@bridgeenergygroup.com
 
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