Ista LogoHouston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 11, 2006 – ista North America, a provider of consumption-based billing of energy and water services, and EC Power, an electronic transaction service provider with expertise in the energy industry, have formed an alliance to jointly market their services. The deal includes ista’s billing services and hosted customer information systems, and EC Power’s electronic transaction management services.

The alliance is a natural fit for both companies, because of their commitment to providing efficient business-to-business information exchange in transitional and competitive energy markets. It formalizes the companies’ long-standing relationship and paves the way for extended product alignment and seamless product integration.

“We are delighted to formalize this long and successful relationship with EC Power in serving Texas Retail Electric Providers,” said Ruediger Neubauer, Executive Vice President of ista North America. “We will continue to lean on EC Power for the growth and expansion of our Texas R.E.P. clients’ businesses as well.”

Together, ista and EC Power enable utilities, multi-family property owners, and energy retailers to achieve excellent customer service, operational efficiencies and tremendous savings, while providing the agility to expand and respond to evolving market and business process shifts. ista North America offers ista×€net, a back office billing solution that integrates a highly intelligent, optimized and flexible billing platform with the operational excellence of highly trained operators, process analysts and developers. EC Power connects and manages the electronic exchange of customer- and commodity-related data between energy companies and their trading partners.