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

News Release

Contacts: David Radanovich
Office: (860) 665-3384

Connecticut Electric Usage Sets All-Time High
New peak demand highlights need to complete transmission system upgrades

BERLIN, Connecticut, July 19, 2005 — High temperatures and oppressive humidity combined to help Connecticut set a record for electricity usage earlier today. At approximately 3 p.m., Connecticut usage peaked at about 7,065 megawatts, exceeding the old record of 7,011 megawatts set on July 8, 2003.

Extensive preparation for summer and preventative maintenance allowed the system to meet this unprecedented demand, especially in the southwestern quarter of the state that accounts for about half of the electrical usage. Making sure Connecticut’s electric grid can meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity is the reason CL&P is upgrading its electric transmission system. Construction of a 20-mile upgrade between Bethel and Norwalk is under way and is expected to be completed by the end of 2006. The 69-mile transmission upgrade planned from Middletown to Norwalk was approved by the Connecticut Siting Council earlier this year and should be finished by the end of 2009. CL&P is also completing additional projects to meet the growing need for electricity throughout the state.

Connecticut’s new record was consistent with the pattern seen throughout the region, as new records were set for New England as a whole and for individual states in the region.

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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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