UPA Selected to Provide Installation Support Services for North America’s Largest Natural Gas AMI Deployment

Greenville, SC, June 05, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Utility Partners of America (UPA), a leading utility solutions provider, has been selected by Aclara®, part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), to provide installation support services (ISS) for Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility and a Sempra Energy subsidiary.

SoCalGas has announced that its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project will include retrofitting or replacing approximately six million natural gas meters located throughout the SoCalGas service territory. When completed, the project will represent North America’s largest fully integrated meter-to-consumer AMI system used by a natural-gas-only utility.

UPA’s responsibilities for the deployment include strategic resource planning, development and delivery of a state-of-the-art work order management System, inventory management, fleet management, and facilities management. Preparatory work has already begun in support of the initiative. SoCalGas will utilize its own employees for the actual installation work.

UPA underwent a robust due diligence process during an 18-month selection period to meet the rigorous security, safety and operational standards required for an initiative of this scope and scale. “This contract represents a tremendous accomplishment for UPA and for our business partners” said Todd Stone, UPA’s president and founder. “We confidently approach this opportunity to deliver a comprehensive, world-class deployment strategy on behalf of Aclara, SoCalGas, and the California energy consumers we will serve together in partnership.”

“When it came time for Aclara to select an installation partner, UPA demonstrated that they had the experience and expertise to sustain positive momentum over this long-term project,” said Marty Zucker, Aclara’s vice president of field operations for the project. “We look forward to working with UPA in support of this important project for the utility’s customers.”

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release regarding the size of the SoCalGas AMI deployment and any other statements which are not strictly historical are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and speak only as of the date of this release. The actual size of the deployment may differ materially from that projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties that exist in the operations and business environment of parties involved in the deployment including, but not limited to: the timing and content of SoCalGas and Aclara future purchase order releases; the successful performance by Aclara, UPA and other SoCalGas suppliers of contract requirements; changes in SoCalGas’ demand or financial constraints impacting SoCalGas; technical difficulties impacting the project; delivery delays or defaults impacting the project; and termination for convenience of the Aclara or UPA contracts.

About Utility Partners of America (UPA)
Utility Partners of America is a leading water, gas and electric utility solutions provider that focuses on smart meter installation services, in-home device installation and home warranty services programs throughout the United States and Canada. UPA’s core competencies include the management of large-scale field deployments for device installations, home warranty services programs, technical support, state-of-the-art customer call center services, marketing services and other energy conservation programs.

About ESCO
ESCO, headquartered in St. Louis, is a proven supplier of special purpose utility solutions for electric, gas and water utilities, including hardware and software to support advanced metering applications and fully automated intelligent instrumentation. In addition, the Company provides engineered filtration products to the aviation, space and process markets worldwide and is the industry leader in RF shielding and EMC test products. Further information regarding ESCO and its subsidiaries is available on the Company’s web site at www.escotechnologies.com.

About Aclara
Aclara® represents one of the industry’s leading Intelligent Infrastructure technologies for providing device networking, data-value management and customer communications to water, gas and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara Technologies LLC is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO. Further information is available on Aclara’s web site at www.Aclara.com.
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