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Invensys and Austin Energy Renew Long-term Automation Alliance

May 252005
FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS - May 25, 2005 - Austin Energy and Invensys Process Systems recently renewed an existing 10-year Foxboro automation alliance agreement for an additional five years. This unprecedented alliance, first formed in 1995, was designed to help Austin Energy improve performance and reduce costs across the company's fleet of electrical generating stations in Central Texas.

"Over the years, this alliance has proven very beneficial to Austin Energy. Standardizing the control systems across our plants has made a significant reduction in associated operating cost and given us a tremendous advantage in our ability to assign resources where they are needed at any given time," said Chris Kirksey, Senior Vice President of Power Production.

"Our alliance with Austin Energy demonstrates how both parties can benefit from a long-term relationship based on improving performance and continuous value enhancement," said Mike Caliel, President of Invensys Process Systems. "Foxboro's advanced I/A Series automation system technology combined with our unmatched power generation application expertise has clearly helped Austin Energy to reduce their generation costs, minimize emissions, and set new records for plant safety."

The alliance encompasses Foxboro-brand I/A Series process control system technology, a variety of power plant applications, plus associated engineering and support services.

All seven of Austin Energy's generating units are controlled by I/A Series systems as well as two 600MW coal units which are co-owned with the Lower Colorado River Authority in La Grange, Texas.

About Austin Energy
Austin Energy is a community-owned electric utility serving 360,000 customers (meters) and a population in excess of 800,000 people in Austin and Travis County, Texas. The utility enjoys excellent generation diversity that includes nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable energy and is nationally recognized for some of the most comprehensive and successful energy efficiency, green power and green building programs in the nation.

About Invensys Process Systems
Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 35,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

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