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Washington Water Power Signs With CheckFree for Billing

Washington Water Power in Spokane signed with CheckFree for Internet-based electronic bill presentment and payment for its 350,000 residential electric and natural gas customers.

By using CheckFree's E-Bill service, the company said customers will be able to receive full- color Washington Water Power bills at no charge--complete with graphics, logos and full billing detail--through the Web, furthering Washington Water Power's move into the Internet and telecommunications arenas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Once they enroll, customers can view and pay their Washington Water Power bills with the touch of a button. Washington Water Power, whose primary service area covers eastern Washington, north Idaho, and central Oregon, plans to rollout CheckFree E-Bill in mid- November.

"The commitment Washington Water Power has to its customers and community has always been impressive," said Peter J. Kight, chairman and CEO of CheckFree. "They continue to lead by example as they offer bill payment options that are complete, non-paper, electronic round-trips for customers that use the CheckFree E-Bill."

Other companies that are currently contracted with CheckFree to offer electronic bill presentment and payment include statement processors International Billing Services (IBS), AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, HomeSide Lending, the Small Business Administration, and Intuit's Quicken.com.

CheckFree introduced CheckFree E-Bill for electronic bill presentment and payment in March 1997, after completing a successful two-year pilot program.