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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

CL&P Hosts Information Sessions for Transmission System Upgrades
Work strengthens transmission network

BERLIN, Connecticut, June 10, 2010 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) – a Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) company – will host informational sessions for Bloomfield, East Granby and Suffield residents to explain construction details for a transmission upgrade in north-central Connecticut that was approved in March by the Connecticut Siting Council.

The Greater Springfield Reliability Project, which is part of a group of transmission projects called the New England East-West Solution (NEEWS), is designed to strengthen the region’s power grid by creating a “beltway” for electricity to move more reliably around the north-central Connecticut and Greater Springfield, Massachusetts, area. In addition, it will enable higher transfers of power between Connecticut and Massachusetts.

“This new project corrects a reliability issue on the grid and will provide enhanced access to cleaner, competitively priced energy,” said David H. Boguslawski, Northeast Utilities vice president of Transmission Strategy & Operations. “The information sessions are an opportunity to receive construction information and provide feedback to the company from local municipal officials, residents and businesses.”

The sessions feature subject experts in electric power and civil engineering in addition to arborists and environmental specialists who will be on hand to explain all phases of the transmission line project. (Please see the schedule below for the specific time, date and location of the information sessions currently scheduled in the project towns.)

These information sessions are a continuation of the regulatory siting process, which started in 2008, and will be followed by the start of construction in Connecticut next year. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

The Connecticut portion of the project will connect to a western Massachusetts portion of the project proposed by CL&P’s sister company Western Massachusetts Electric Company. The project route is located on existing rights-of-way between substations in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and Ludlow, Massachusetts. With an estimated cost of $714 million, the Greater Springfield Reliability Project calls for new 345-kilovolt (kV) lines, reconstruction of portions of the existing 115-kV transmission lines in the Massachusetts area, and expansion of substations along the route.

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Public Review Sessions Schedule:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6 - 8 p.m.
East Granby High School
95 South Main Street
East Granby, CT 06026

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
6 - 8 p.m.
Suffield High School
1060 Sheldon Street
West Suffield, CT 06093


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