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With legislation on California's soon-to-be-deregulated electric utility industry coming to a head, it was Julie Blunden's job to keep the South Bloomington (Vt.) office of Green Mountain Energy Resources, a reseller of environmentally friendly electricity, abreast of what was happening in San Francisco. Armed with a cell phone and a laptop, "I am the poster child for the low-cost, high-tech, single-person office," says the 31-year-old regional director for Green Mountain. And her most vital weapon for zipping off 100-page documents and maintaining contact with her boss? E-mail--to the tune of 40 to 100 messages a day. "It's like an artery for me," she says.

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