Peabody, Massachusetts – April 4, 2006 – LODESTAR Corporation, a leading provider of energy software solutions, announced today the promotion of John Hovan to Senior Vice President, Chief Software Architect & Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Hovan has been with LODESTAR for 12 years, and during that time, has led the evolution of LODESTAR’s software from both a business and technology perspective. During his tenure at LODESTAR, Mr. Hovan has directed LODESTAR’s research and development team to implement meta-data-driven rules and screens, web-browser-based interfaces, application-level security, an integrated reporting framework, and internationalized software for all new products. As Chief Technology Officer, he will continue to lead LODESTAR’s R&D team while providing product technical direction and communicating LODESTAR’s current and future technology vision to existing and new clients.

“We would not be the leading energy software provider we are today without John’s leadership,” says Chris Hamilos, Chairman and CEO of LODESTAR. “John is an exceptional innovator and partner, and we are pleased to announce his promotion.” Mr. Hovan adds, “This is a very exciting time for LODESTAR right now as we strengthen our leadership position within the industry. I look forward to continuing to participate in LODESTAR’s ongoing growth and success.”

Mr. Hovan has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University. He will remain based at LODESTAR headquarters in Peabody, Massachusetts.