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News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: 860-665-3409

Northeast Utilities Receives Edison Award, the Edison Electric Institute’s Highest Honor
For southwest Connecticut transmission projects

BERLIN, Connecticut, June 24, 2009 – Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) today announced that the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has awarded the company the 2009 Edison Award for its southwest Connecticut transmission projects. The Edison Award recognizes U.S. and international electric companies for outstanding leadership, innovation and advancement of the electric industry.

The southwest Connecticut transmission projects include Bethel-Norwalk, Long Island Replacement Cable, Glenbrook Cables and Middletown-Norwalk. EEI pointed out that prior to the transmission upgrades, southwest Connecticut was considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as one of the nation’s most severely congested areas. Bethel-Norwalk was completed and energized in 2006, and the others were completed and energized in 2008. Since completion, the Bethel-Norwalk line has generated more than $150 million in congestion-related savings. The Middletown-Norwalk line includes the world’s longest 345-kilovolt buried, solid-core cable at 24 miles, and the Long Island Replacement Cable project includes 11 miles of cable buried six feet under the sea bed.

“The efforts of all employees involved in the projects reflect true dedication to service and technical achievement,” said Charles W. Shivery, NU’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I am especially proud of the project teams’ safety record and keen sensitivity to the environment,” he added. “These southwest Connecticut projects provide a more secure, efficient and sophisticated electric grid, and save our customers millions of dollars in congestion costs.”

Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 energy company based in Connecticut, operates New England’s largest energy delivery system. NU is committed to safety, reliability, environmental leadership and stewardship, and expanding energy options for its more than 2 million electricity and natural gas customers. For more information on Northeast Utilities and its subsidiaries, visit the NU family of Web sites at

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