Western Massachusetts Electric Company
P.O. Box 2010
West Springfield, MA 01090-2010
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News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: (860) 665-3409
After Hours Phone: (800) 286-2000

Regulators Approve WMECo’s Upgrade from Agawam to W. Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 12, 2010 – Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) has received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for a transmission line project between Agawam and West Springfield. WMECo currently plans to break ground on this important system reliability project in early summer, pending receipt of other permits.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with this project that will upgrade the Springfield area’s transmission system and ensure its compliance with federal reliability standards. In addition, the project will strengthen the transmission connections that feed our distribution system,” said Peter Clarke, President and Chief Operating Officer of WMECo.

The $22 million upgrade will include rebuilding two 115-kilovolt (kV) circuits along 2.5 miles of an existing transmission right-of-way (ROW) between substations in Agawam and West Springfield.

Both 115-kV circuits, which are now located on a single row of structures, will be separated and relocated on two rows of new structures. Separation improves reliability and reduces the potential for any single incident to affect both circuits.

For more information about this project, please visit
www.AgawamWestSpringfield.com.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU), serves approximately 200,000 customers in 59 communities throughout western Massachusetts and is committed to the environment, economic development and the health of the communities it serves. For more information, please visit our Web site: www.wmeco.com

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