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North Star Licenses Transaction Management System from Altra; California Consultant Uses System to Handle Billing Needs of Public Schools and Governmental Agencies.

HOUSTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Altra Energy Technologies Inc. has licensed its gas transaction management system to North Star Consulting Inc., one of the nation's leading consultants of aggregated purchasing groups, to manage the energy portfolio and billing needs of School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR) and California Utility Buyers Joint Powers Authority (CUB/JPA). These two aggregated purchasing groups comprise over 230 California school districts, university campuses, cities, counties and other governmental agencies, including San Francisco Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District and Sonoma County Junior College District.

Formerly known as Diablo Education Consultants, North Star is located in Alamo, California and has managed aggregated purchasing programs on behalf of public agencies since 1992. North Star's clients, members of SPURR and REMAC (Regional Energy Management Coalition), include the oldest and largest non- utility core gas aggregations in the state of California. These organizations boast more than 440 members, many of which use more than 250,000 natural gas therms per meter per year. Over the last two years, the firm's natural gas savings have exceeded $1.5 million for its SPURR and REMAC clients.

According to Michael Rochman, president of North Star, "We conducted an extensive nationwide software search and chose Altra's gas management system due to the excellent quality of its offering, and the company's determination to help us meet and exceed the expectations of our customer base."

SPURR has a slogan that reads, 'Working for lower utility costs in California Public Schools.' "We can help North Star to translate SPURR's mission into profit," says Mark Crosno, vice president of sales at Altra. "Our company is constantly examining ways to help clients utilize our technology to achieve their business objectives. In this case, all parties involved gain tremendous value from the use of our software solution."

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Altra Energy Technologies, Inc., together with affiliated companies, is a world leader in enterprise-wide business solutions, delivering transaction management products, electronic trading products and integration services for the energy industry. With over 4,000 users around the globe and three distribution centers in Australia, Europe and Latin America, more energy is bought, sold, and transported through Altra(R) systems than any other technology worldwide. To learn more, visit Altra's website at:

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