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Hartford, CT 06141-0270
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News Release

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

Clarification on deadline for regulatory decision on transmission line


WHAT: Northeast Utilities has agreed to extend by 180 days a statutory deadline for a final decision on the company's 345-kV transmission upgrade from Bethel to Norwalk. We have not withdrawn the application. The extension provides the Connecticut Siting Council with an additional six months to reach a final decision on NU's application.
WHY: A moratorium and several task forces have been established by the General Assembly to study the electric needs of the state. These groups will be completing their work no sooner than early 2003, and a deadline extension was needed to allow the Council time to consider findings related to NU's transmission upgrade.
WHEN:The Connecticut Siting Council is required by law to render a decision on an application one year from the date it is filed. NU's transmission upgrade application was filed October 16, 2001, giving the Council to Oct. 15, 2002 to reach a final decision. The extension pushes the deadline ahead to April 14, 2003.




















Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) is a Fortune 500 diversified energy company located in Connecticut with operations throughout the Northeast. Through its competitive and regulated subsidiaries, NU provides Energy for a Changing World, with a full range of energy products and services to millions of residential and business customers from Maine to Maryland. From delivering electricity and natural gas, to marketing energy commodities, to operating and maintaining power plant facilities, NU is committed to safety, reliability and expanding consumers' energy options. For more information on Northeast Utilities and its subsidiaries, visit the NU family of Web sites at www.nu.com.



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