The Connecticut Light and Power Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(860) 947-2000

News Release

Contacts: Frank J. Poirot
Office: (860) 665-3409

Connecticut Light & Power Unveils Detailed Plan to Strengthen the Region’s Electric Transmission Grid

BERLIN, Connecticut, August 25, 2008 – To improve electric reliability by increasing the interstate transfer of electricity in southern New England, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), a company of the Northeast Utilities System, presented a plan to local officials to upgrade transmission capabilities in eastern Connecticut. This new project will also provide Connecticut consumers with enhanced access to cleaner, competitively priced energy sources.

As part of a group of transmission projects called New England East-West Solution (NEEWS), the Interstate Reliability Project, a project being constructed in collaboration with National Grid, is designed to improve the transfer of electricity across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The project calls for 38 miles of new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line along existing Connecticut rights-of-way. In Connecticut, the project also includes upgrades to CL&P’s substations in Lebanon and Killingly, providing a stronger transmission connection to the rest of the state. National Grid will construct the portions of the project located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Together with the Greater Springfield Reliability Project, the Central Connecticut Reliability Project and the Rhode Island Reliability Project, the Interstate Reliability Project will address regional reliability needs by providing necessary additional connections among Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The need for upgrades was identified in a transmission study performed by ISO New England (ISO-NE) and follow-on studies conducted by CL&P, National Grid and ISO-NE.

“We are working to modernize our infrastructure to help secure the region’s energy future for years to come,” said David H. Boguslawski, Northeast Utilities vice president of Transmission Strategy & Operations. “A stronger, more reliable electric grid will provide greater access to new power sources and provide New England with the infrastructure that is critical to the region’s economic health.”

In Connecticut, the primary route under consideration for the Interstate Reliability Project would be located on an existing right-of-way between substations in Lebanon and Killingly, and continue to the Rhode Island border. National Grid’s section of the project will extend from Rhode Island’s border with Connecticut to Middlebury, Massachusetts. The cost of the Connecticut portion of the Interstate Reliability Project is estimated at $251 million.

Local review of the proposal is the first step in the review process for the transmission upgrade project. The company will obtain local feedback and file a formal project application with the Connecticut Siting Council late in 2008.

To facilitate resident participation in this review process, the company is conducting a series of local “open houses” to provide information and receive meaningful feedback from municipal officials, residents and businesses. The meetings will be held in September, October and November. (Please see the schedule below for the specific time, date and location of the open houses currently scheduled in the project towns.)

The company will continue to gather input from local leaders and citizens as it begins the state review and approval process. Construction for the Connecticut portion of the Interstate Reliability Project is scheduled to begin in late 2010.

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Current Open House Schedule:

Brooklyn, Hampton and Pomfret, CT
Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Quinebaug Valley Senior Center
69 South Main Street
Brooklyn, CT

Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Lebanon and Windham, CT
Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Student Center – Betty Tipton Room
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT

Mansfield, CT
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mansfield Community Center
10 South Eagleville Road
Mansfield, CT

Killingly, Putnam and Thompson, CT
Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
H.H. Ellis Technical High School
613 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT

For additional information on the NEEWS group of transmission upgrades, please visit the project Web site at

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With more than 1.1 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is an active member in the communities it serves, offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental education. CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit

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