Good morning, Yesterday SmartEnergy, an alternative energy service provider announced along with officials of WPS Resources Corporation , a business relationship where WPSR has invested in SmartEnergy.Both companies see the opportunity as a significant step in combining the best of the traditional energy companies with the best of the new entrants in the rapidly evolving energy industry. WPSR's Chairman and CEO, Larry Weyers has joined the SmartEnergy Board of Directors, and the two companies will explore alternatives to leverage SmartEnergy 's state-of-the-art technology platform.(1)SmartEnergy BackgroundSmartEnergy is recognized as the industry's leading innovator in the sale and marketing of electricity and natural gas. SmartEnergy raises the industry standard by increasing the level of service provided to its customers. Interactions with consumers are conducted via the telephone or over the Internet, enabling 24/7-account access and greater flexibility to address customer needs upon demand. Customers can pay energy bills on-line, track energy usage and access billing and usage history. The company's "Web Care" enables customers to "chat" online with a live customer service representative any time and any place the customer has computer access. SmartEnergy ensures a seamless transition by providing customers with uninterrupted electricity and gas service through existing wires and pipes. Customers may sign up with SmartEnergy through its Web site, http://www.smartenergy.com or via its toll-free number 1-87-SMART-007 (877-627-8007). The company also offers convenient payment methods such as direct withdrawals from a consumer's checking account or via major credit cards.Click on the news link at the top of this page to read the full press release.Keep Foolish and Prosper,Spirit PS: It's been a bumpy ride this year for investments in e-commerce. TMF Parlay looks at causes and effects. Check out his article at The Fool's Den; http://www.fool.com/research/2000/foolsden000912.htm
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