Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index

Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure

NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the
NASDAQ^® Clean Edge^® Smart Grid Infrastructure Index (Nasdaq:QGRD), which
became effective prior to market open on Monday, March 24, 2014.

The following eight securities will be added to the Index: Toshiba Corp. (6502
JP), Osaki Electric Co Ltd. (6644 JP), Badger Meter Inc. (NYSE:BMI), Echelon
Corporation (Nasdaq:ELON), Eaton Corp PLC (NYSE:ETN), Honeywell International
Inc. (NYSE:HON), Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI) and PSI Group ASA (PSI NO).

The Index is designed to act as a transparent and liquid benchmark for the
smart grid and electric infrastructure sector. The Index includes companies
that are primarily engaged and involved in electric grid; electric meters,
devices, and networks; energy storage and management; and enabling software
used by the smart grid and electric infrastructure sector. The securities must
also meet other eligibility criteria which include minimum requirements for
market capitalization and average daily dollar trading volume. The NASDAQ OMX
Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index is evaluated semi-annually in March
and September. For more information about the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid
Infrastructure Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit

The First Trust NASDAQ^® Clean Edge^® Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund
(Nasdaq:GRID), is an exchange traded fund that seeks investment results that
correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Fund's fees and
expenses, of the NASDAQ OMX^® Clean Edge^® Smart Grid Infrastructure Index.

As a result of the evaluation, the following security will be removed from the
Index: Acorn Energy Inc. (Nasdaq:ACFN).

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About Clean Edge, Inc.
Clean Edge, Inc., founded in 2000, is the world's first research and advisory
firm devoted to the clean- tech sector. The firm delivers an unparalleled
suite of clean-energy benchmarking services including stock indexes, utility
and consumer surveys, and regional leadership tracking, providing companies,
investors, NGOs, and governments with timely research, trending analysis, and
actionable insights. Managing director Ron Pernick and senior editor Clint
Wilder are coauthors of the widely acclaimed business books The Clean-Tech
Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007) andClean-Tech Nation(HarperCollins, 2012).
To keep abreast of the latest clean-tech trends, or for more information on
the company,

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affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any financial product or
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Statements regarding NASDAQ's proprietary indexes are not guarantees of future
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implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors
should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies


CONTACT: Media Contacts:
         Joseph Christinat, NASDAQ OMX
         Josh Machiz, NASDAQ OMX
         Issuer & Investor Contact:
         Natasha Selzer, NASDAQ OMX
         Clean Edge Contact:
         Ron Pernick, Clean Edge

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