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Alpiq and twelve regional energy suppliers extend their partnership

New contracts for the supply of 18 municipalities in the Thal/Gäu/Olten region

(PresseBox) (Olten, ) 18 municipalities in the Olten, Gäu and Thal region, or some 22,000 residents, will draw energy from Alpiq during the next two years.

Alpiq has supplied eleven of the twelve energy suppliers in the Olten region with electricity for the last three years. And the partnership with the eug Elektra Untergäu, that is also a member of the Thal-Gäu-Untergäu (TGU) purchasing cooperative, has also been in existence for a long time.

Twelve regional distribution grid operators merged to form the TGU purchasing cooperative in December 2009 with the objective of procuring their electrical energy from 2011 on a common basis. In a call for tenders, the TGU has once again allocated its complete energy requirements to Alpiq. Both parties are delighted about the new supply contract and the continuation of the cooperation started in 2008. The involved distribution grid operators and Alpiq will check to see if there are any areas where the partnership could be expanded.

Hence Alpiq supplies a total of 37 municipalities with around 80 000 inhabitants in the Olten region with electrical energy and guarantees the electricity supply in the area.

Alpiq will provide the following energy suppliers with electrical energy at least until 31 December 2012: eug Elektra Untergäu (Hägendorf, Kappel, Gunzgen, Boningen), Kestenholz, Fulenbach, Wolfwil, Egerkingen, Härkingen, Niederbuchsiten, Oberbuchsiten, Neuendorf, Thal (Laupersdorf, Matzendorf, Aedermannsdorf, Herbetswil), Holderbank and Mümliswil-Ramiswil.

About Alpiq Holding Ltd.

Alpiq Holding Ltd. is the leading Swiss energy trading company and the largest energy services provider with European orientation. The Group was formed at the beginning of 2009 through the merger of the two energy pioneers Atel Holding Ltd. and Energie Ouest Suisse SA (EOS). It is active in 31 countries, has more than 10 000 employees in 27 countries and in 2009 generated a consolidated annual turnover of around 15 billion Swiss francs. Alpiq is active in the fields of electricity generation and electricity transmission, in energy sales and trading, as well as in energy services. The company is responsible for about one third of Switzerland's electricity supplies.

Further information about Alpiq under: www.alpiq.com

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