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El Paso Electric Expands Website Tools With Apogee Interactive HomeEnergySuite(TM)

El Paso Electric (NYSE: EE) has expanded its Website to include a new HomeEnergySuite -- a series of customized energy efficiency tools developed by Apogee Interactive to address the regions unique weather, evaporative air conditioning, swimming pools and spas.

These energy analysis tools provide insights on year-round energy use, but theyll prove especially helpful as El Paso area residents prepare for summer. Our mild winters tend to moderate home heating needs, so national off-the-shelf energy calculators were likely to miss the mark for our customers heating and cooling energy use patterns, said Helen Knopp, vice president of public affairs for El Paso Electric. Our dry desert heat makes evaporative cooling the standard for this area. Apogee was eager to model these varying energy characteristics and customize its Web-based tools to provide further energy-saving insights to our customers.

The HomeEnergySuite offers a full array of evaluation tools including a home energy calculator, appliance calculator, lighting calculator, interactive cut-away house, and comprehensive energy reference library.

The suites flagship tool the HomeEnergyCalculator -- starts with select data points provided by the customer, including whether or not they use evaporative cooling, a pool and a spa, and draws upon local weather data, El Paso Electrics energy prices and Apogees proprietary energy analysis system to produce a quick and accurate view of the homes energy consumption and costs. Customers can then modify their data inputs to see the impact and savings possible with various equipment or usage changes.

Consumers can dig deeper by walking through an interactive cut-away house to learn more about home energy consumption room by room. Separate appliance and lighting calculators provide down-to-the-penny energy costs for nearly 50 appliances, electronic devices and lighting options-- everything from compact fluorescent light bulbs and whirlpool tubs to big screen plasma TVs and side-by-side refrigerators.

El Paso Electric also elected to add Apogees Kids Korner as a part of its online energy efficiency information expansion. This fun-filled, interactive section covers all aspects of energy production and use, from Thomas Edison and solar power to electrical safety and utility industry careers.

El Paso Electrics service area presented a new challenge for us and we are pleased to bring a new level of precision to our HomeEnergySuite that addresses unique heating and cooling systems, pools and spa equipment, said Susan Gilbert, president and chief executive officer of Apogee.

Apogee Interactive, Inc. is a leading provider of online solutions for the energy industry. Founded in 1994, Apogee's web-based content and energy-use analysis tools reach millions of energy consumers daily. Customers comprise a wide range of energy utilities such as American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), Entergy (NYSE: ETR), FPL (NYSE: FPL), Silicon Valley Power, Pasadena Water and Power, and Jackson EMC. The company also provides eLearning systems, call center programs and demand response platforms to utilities and their trade associations. Apogee Interactive is a certified womens business enterprise through the Womens Business Enterprise National Council.

El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 347,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico. EPE has a net installed generation capacity of approximately 1,500 MW. EPEs common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE.

Contacts:

Apogee Interactive, Inc.
Karen Morris, 770-270-6501
or
El Paso Electric
Teresa Souza, 915-543-5823

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