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


News Release

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

Damaged Cables in Sound to be Repaired
Will help meet reliability needs in Southwest Connecticut and Long Island


BERLIN, Connecticut, December 20, 2002 – Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) today notified the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) that it will support repairs to four transmission cables in the Long Island Sound that run between Norwalk, Connecticut and Northport, New York. The cables, co-owned by CL&P and LIPA, were seriously damaged in November when a boat broke loose from its moorings during a storm, dragging its anchor across the lines.

“We have electricity reliability needs in southwest Connecticut and on Long Island that must be addressed,” said David H. Boguslawski, vice president – Transmission Business. “Repair of the damaged cables before this summer will provide both Connecticut and Long Island with another vital emergency source of power.”

In the meantime, CL&P continues to work with LIPA towards replacing the cables with new technology. The goal is to provide the most economic, environmentally friendly, and reliable additional power sources for our customers. Significant progress has been made here in Connecticut with the regulatory approvals needed to replace the cables. The New York process is temporarily on hold pending resolution of commercial issues between Connecticut and New York.

Repair plans call for removal and replacement of sections of the damaged cables close to the New York shore line. The manufacturing of over two miles of cable, followed by the cable splicing operations needed for the full repair is expected to take about five months to complete.

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 www.cl-p.com




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