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Don Bourcier, Manager, Economic & Load Forecasting, NEPLAN

NEPLAN: New England Power Planning
One Sullivan Road
P.O. Box 1310
Holyoke, MA 01041-1310
(413)535-4137

"Since the early 1980's, the Economic and Load Forecasting section at NEPLAN has utilized Promula in both a VAX and PC environment for constructing and performing analyses of socio-economic, weather, energy consumption, and other types of databases. During this time, analysts, statisticians, economists and engineers have used this tool to write, maintain and use large and complex modeling systems and, of equal importance, explore and present data contained in those systems in a meaningful and expedient way. Today, the several Promula users on staff, (1) organize data with Promula's database management facility, (2) write programs/models in Promula source code, (3) import and export data from other applications (e.g. FORTRAN, spreadsheets), and (4) develop and use interactive programs that allow searching, selecting and sorting across databases. Finally, in the words of a daily user of Promula< "Its multi-dimensional variables, implicit operation across pre-selected dimensions, built-in functions, and data access techniques make writing powerful and straight-forward code possible."