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GE Harris Energy Control Systems, LLC Acquires ASCADA Limited

MELBOURNE, Florida, July 13, 1998 -- GE Harris Energy Control Systems, LLC (GE Harris) announced today the acquisition of ASCADA® Limited® based in Livingston, Scotland. ASCADA is a worldwide leader in Distribution Management Systems (DMS) that provide electrical utilities with products and services to monitor, control and automate their distribution networks. ASCADA's ENMAC® (Electricity Network Management and Control) DMS software product was developed for the deregulated electricity market, and is currently deployed in distribution companies covering more than 50% of the British landmass.

The acquisition reinforces GE and Harris Corporation's commitment to provide innovative information technology (IT) solutions to the electric utility industry. The transaction enables GE Harris to combine its leading energy management systems (EMS) and substation automation products with ASCADA's world class DMS technology to offer a broad scope of IT products to the electric utility industry. With the acquisition of ASCADA, GE Harris can now more completely meet the expanding needs of the electrical utility market for integrated IT solutions for generation, transmission and distribution operations.

ASCADA's products include network management, trouble call management, mobile field applications, operational GIS/mapping and advanced SCADA and power applications.

ASCADA customers have realized lower operating costs, reduced outage durations and the ability to accurately communicate outage and restoration status with their customers.

According to Steve Bolze, President of GE Harris Energy Control Systems, "Deregulation has driven the utility industry to seek innovative means to improve customer satisfaction and drive outcosts. Many countries, including the UK, have already experienced this transition. ASCADA brings that experience and its world leading DMS solutions to GE Harris to aggressively meet the needs of our customers. Our objective has always been to provide our customers with innovative, information technology solutions to succeed in the deregulated marketplace, and with ASCADA we have taken a significant stride forward."

ASCADA will continue to operate out of its Livingston headquarters under the name GE Harris Energy Controls Systems UK Limited. Current ASCADA products will continue to be marketed under the ASCADA and ENMAC trademarks. The operating team of ASCADA will remain in place, but will now leverage the worldwide marketing, sales and services resources of GE Harris.

GE Harris Energy Control Systems, LLC, a joint venture of GE Power Systems and the Electronic Systems Sector of Harris Corporation, is a leading provider of Innovative information technology solutions that meet the evolving needs of the electric utility industry for automation, control and monitoring of critical operations. GE Harris is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, USA; with Distributed Automation Products Operation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sales offices are located throughout North America and in the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.

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