Detectent Taps Into Gas Service Market to Uncover Unmetered Losses

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Detectent expands its offering by proving it is just as effective in detecting unmetered losses for gas service.

Most interesting is the fact that gas service appears to have received less attention than electric service from revenue assurance and therefore we are seeing even greater opportunities there than we expected. Now approximately one in every three cases delivered to our customers are gas service cases.

Detectent, the pioneer in developing analytical unmetered loss detection solutions for the utility industry, is pleased to announce its entry into the gas service market. Detectent is a proven leader in the electric service market and is now taking its same successful business model and applying it to natural gas. Detectent launched its first project targeting unmetered losses for Electric utilities in 2004 with Consolidated Edison of New York City. Since then, Detectent has experienced explosive market acceptance and is now engaged in unmetered loss detection projects in more than 20 percent of the entire electric service area of the United States.

In January of 2006, Michael Madrazo, president and founder of Detectent, challenged his development team to create an equally successful solution for the gas-services industry. By late spring, his development team responded by delivering their first set of algorithms aimed at detecting anomalies in gas service. These cases were then piloted by a select group of utilities over the course of the summer.

"The initial cases were very successful and significantly more models have been developed since that time, and as such all of our customer teams now include gas service anomaly analysis as part of their project scope," said Madrazo. "Most interesting is the fact that gas service appears to have received less attention than electric service from revenue assurance and therefore we are seeing even greater opportunities there than we expected. Now approximately one in every three cases delivered to our customers are gas service cases."

Madrazo adds that Water service market could be next on the horizon for Detectent.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its largest operating units are Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio of businesses also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. In 2006, DTE Energy posted revenues of approximately $9 billion. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com.

Detroit Edison entered into an evaluation project with Detectent in the fall of 2006.

"Our project targets were exceeded by the end of the eight-week project so we knew that this would be beneficial for the company, its shareholders and its customers," said Bill Clemens, project manager, DTE Energy. "One of the significant surprises came with the MichCon gas service side of our business as we had not anticipated such significant success there as well."

About Detectent Inc.

Escondido, CA-based Detectent, Inc. assists utilities in proactively discovering cases of theft of service. Its experienced team of analysts utilizes state-of-the-art technology to perform a detailed analysis of a utility's account base. Detectent customers include NSTAR Electric, and We Energies. For more information, visit http://www.detectent.com.

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