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
After Hours Phone: (800) 286-2000

CL&P to Use Helicopter to String New Transmission Lines in Meriden, Wallingford and Orange
Work Scheduled to Begin Week of May 14

BERLIN, Connecticut, May 10, 2007 — Crews building the Middletown-Norwalk (M-N) transmission upgrade for Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) will take to the air in the next several weeks to reduce construction impacts on the ground.

CL&P will use a helicopter to string new transmission lines on sections of the overhead right of way. Helicopter construction is a safe, less-intrusive method of stringing transmission line and has been widely used in the United States.

Since less ground equipment is needed to travel along the right of way, there is less impact to abutting residents and environmentally sensitive areas. Using the helicopter also reduces the amount of time needed for the wire-stringing operation.

Work will begin in Wallingford and Meriden the week of May 14, and continue into Orange in early June, weather permitting. The hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

In Meriden, the helicopter will be used to install equipment and string wire on a transmission right of way adjacent to High Hill Road.

In Wallingford, the helicopter will be used to install equipment and string wire between CL&P property on Carpenter Lane and the top of Beseck Mountain.

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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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