Aclara Announces National Partnership with HD Supply Utilities

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 25, 2008 –- Aclara Power-Line Systems Inc., announced today that it has signed an agreement with HD Supply Utilities, the largest electric utility distributor in North America, to distribute the TWACS® AMI products to public power companies and electrical cooperatives in North America.

Previously, HD Supply supported the sale of TWACS® technology in specific geographic areas. The new agreement provides HD Supply a non-exclusive distributorship throughout United States and Canada.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement to expand our relationship with HD Supply Utilities. Our stronger partnership will add significant value to our current and future customers,” said Bruce Kessler, President of Aclara Power-Line Systems Inc. “This agreement will expand Aclara's distribution capabilities in the U.S. and Canada and enhance our ability to provide proven AMI solutions to the public power markets.”

“We are very excited to expand our partnership with Aclara and to continue integrating its products into the solutions we offer the public power market,” said Geff Smith, Vice President of HD Supply Utilities. ”I believe Aclara has positioned itself well in this market for continued success and we believe our new relationship will add value in the deployment of Aclara's technology.”


Nancy E. Talley

Marketing Communications Manager


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About Aclara

The Aclara brand represents the industry's leading fixed-network Advanced Metering Infrastructure technologies and Meter Data Management software serving water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Three technologies provide Aclara customers premier solutions including TWACS® Technology (power line communications), STAR® Network (licensed radio frequency), and Aclara Softwareâ„¢ (meter data and asset management). More than 475 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. Capturing data. Liberating Knowledge.â„¢

About HD Supply

HD Supply ( is a leading wholesale distribution company, providing a broad range of products and services to professional customers in the infrastructure & energy, maintenance, repair and improvement and specialty construction markets. With a diverse portfolio of market-leading businesses, HD Supply is one of the largest diversified wholesale distributors in North America, with about 900 locations.

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