Press Release: October 12, 2009

Big Rivers Electric Selects HP to Enable Future Growth and Stabilize Costs

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 12, 2009

HP today announced Big Rivers Electric Corporation, a Kentucky-based electric generation and transmission utility, signed a $27 million, eight-year technology and applications services agreement designed to help stabilize technology costs and enable future growth with a standardized enterprise resource planning (ERP) and workplace computing environment.

Big Rivers is in the process of integrating 10 previously leased power-generating units into its operations. Since the termination of the operating lease, it has become one of the largest power generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States.

“This technology integration is critical to efficiently manage our business,” said Mark Bailey, president and chief executive officer, Big Rivers. “The utility industry and applications expertise that HP brings will enable us to stabilize costs for our company and provide better service to our customers and the 111,000 member-consumers they serve.”

HP Enterprise Services will provide implementation, hosting and management services for the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 across all of Big Rivers’ corporate and plant operations. This will help improve applications performance, quality and reliability with service levels linked to key business performance indicators.

HP also will support and manage the utility’s workplace devices, including PCs, notebooks and handheld devices for approximately 600 employees, to further standardize technology and support across its operations.

HP teams onsite, at other Kentucky sites and in other U.S. locations will provide support.

“During this substantial plant integration project, it will be critical to keep Big Rivers’ daily operations running smoothly,” said Roy Pratt, chief technology officer, Global Utilities, HP Enterprise Services. “With deep utility industry expertise, HP provided steadfast support to Big Rivers throughout this project. As Big Rivers’ trusted technology partner with a full life cycle of Oracle services, we will help provide a stable foundation for the company’s future growth.”

Oracle is a member of the HP Agility Alliance, which is now in its fifth year. The alliance is a coalition of application and business service providers that work with HP to develop and provide dynamic business solutions.

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