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

www.cl-p.com

News Release

Contacts: Janine Saunders
Office: (860) 665-3390

CL&P to Upgrade Lines in Manchester
The Manchester to Meekville Junction Project will improve system reliability


BERLIN, Conn., September 26, 2011 — Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), part of Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), broke ground today, Monday, September 26, 2011, on a 2.7-mile transmission line upgrade on an existing utility right-of-way between West Center Street and Burnham Street in Manchester. Once complete, this project will improve reliability of electric service to customers while reinforcing the electric transmission grid in southern New England.

“This upgrade will help strengthen the central Connecticut area’s electric transmission system and ensure its compliance with federally mandated reliability standards,” said David Boguslawski, NU’s vice president of Transmission Strategy & Operations.

This $28.8 million upgrade consists of constructing a new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on steel monopoles, reconfiguring an existing 345-kV line, and modifying the Manchester substation.

Construction activities for the project include site preparation, structure foundation installation, structure placement and wire installation. Construction will occur in phases and will not be continuous in any one area. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2013.

Some of the work will occur near the Hockanum River. CL&P will protect the environment by taking special care and using protective measures to minimize the effect of work on this unique habitat.

Customers with questions about this project should visit the project website, www.MMPproject.com, or call 1-866-996-3397.

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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 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com and follow us onTwitter @CTLightandPower.

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