Avista and Reliant Make Distribution Pact
Avista Corp.'s Internet specialty billing and information
services affiliate, Avista Advantage, and Texas-based Reliant
Energy have made a product distribution agreement.
"The agreement we've reached with Reliant Energy (formerly
Houston Industries) is significant because it provides us the
opportunity to deliver our innovative Internet-based products and
services into a vital and growing market," said T.M Matthews,
Avista Corp. CEO.
Avista Advantage provides Internet-based utility bill
processing, payment and information services to multi-site
commercial customers throughout the U.S. ACIS - the Advantage
Customer Internet Sit - provides these customers with an integrated
utility reporting tool. ACIS products include consolidated billing,
resource accounting, load profiling, and energy analysis.
Matthews said Avista Advantage has developed a distinctive line
of services that starts with a proprietary customer information
system. Through ACIS, customers are able to choose their
energy-related information and shape how it is displayed. Customers
are able to perform site-by-site analysis, and ACIS allows reports
to be grouped by region, state, responsibility center, climate zone
and local distribution company or service provider.
Avista Advantage serves more than 10,000 managed sites and is
working with the more than 4,000 utilities that serve those sites.
Avista Advantage recently began offering customers its newest
service-bill payment and analytical services for maintenance and
repair bills. Avista Advantage customers include Boston Chicken,
Burger King, Busy Body Fitness, Doubletree Hotels, Extended Stay
America, Just for Feet, Reebok, Stage Stores Inc., and the U.S.
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