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EDS AND WASHINGTON WATER POWER ENTER LANDMARK UTILITY INDUSTRY OUTSOURCING AGREEMENT

 EDS AND WASHINGTON WATER POWER
 ENTER LANDMARK UTILITY INDUSTRY OUTSOURCING AGREEMENT
 DALLAS, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- EDS has taken a leading position in providing IT services to the utility industry by signing a 10-year contract with Washington Water Power Company (NYSE: WWP) (WWP). WWP is the first U.S. investor-owned, electric and natural gas utility company to outsource its information technology.
 Services provided by EDS under the agreement include data processing, application development, system maintenance and information center support.
 "As a technology partner, EDS will integrate WWP's business processes, enhancing our company's core business and customer service," said Nancy Racicot, vice president - corporate services for WWP.
 EDS is well positioned to be an integral part of the new and growing trend of utility company outsourcing. Companies within the utility industry are discovering that outsourcing IT services provides them with a number of benefits, including technology refreshment, economies of scale, and flexibility of resources.
 "EDS continues to broaden the scope of its outsourcing business within the utility industry," said Ken Scott, president of EDS' Energy and Chemicals strategic business unit. "As part of our strategic alliance with WWP, we look forward to helping WWP take advantage of a changing business environment."
 Earlier this year, EDS strengthened its position as a leading player in the energy market with the acquisition of Energy Management Associates, Inc. (EMA). EMA is a recognized leader in providing software and regulatory and management consulting to the electric and gas utilities industry.
 WWP, based in Spokane, Wash., primarily serves an area known as the Inland Northwest in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. WWP provides electric service to approximately 255,000 customers and natural gas service to about 100,000 customers in its 26,000-square-mile territory.
 WP Natural Gas, a WWP operating division, provides natural gas service to some 63,000 customers in Oregon and northern California. A strong hydroelectric base and diverse supplies of natural gas make the company one of the lowest-cost providers of energy services in the nation.
 All of WWP's information technology professionals have joined EDS. EDS will provide an on-site account manager, as well as administrative and technical support people which will increase the number of professionals providing IT services to WWP. Additional technical support personnel will be on hand during a 10- to 12-month transition period.
 EDS has operations in 30 countries, employs more than 70,000 people and is the leader in applying information technology to meet the needs of businesses and governments around the globe. Stock reflecting EDS' performance is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GME. EDS reported revenues of $7.1 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Bartosh of EDS, 214-661-6516; or Patrick Lynch of WWP, 509-482-4246/
 (GME WWP) CO: Electronic Data Systems Corporation; Washington Water Power Company ST: Washington, Texas IN: CPR UTI SU: CON


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