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News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: (860) 665-3409

CL&P Uses Helicopter on Manchester Line Upgrade
Innovative Approach to a Challenging Work Environment

BERLIN, Conn., December 14, 2011 — Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is using a helicopter to remove trees from an existing transmission right-of-way adjacent to West Center Street in Manchester. Use of the helicopter will reduce impacts to the environment and save time, compared to building a temporary bridge and hauling trees using ground vehicles.

This tree work is part of the Manchester to Meekville Junction Project (MMP), a 2.7-mile transmission line upgrade. It includes construction of a new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on steel monopoles, reconfiguring an existing 345-kV line, and modifications to the Manchester substation.

Once completed, this project will improve the reliability of electric service to customers while reinforcing the electric transmission grid in southern New England. Work on MMP is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

“CL&P is using existing technologies in innovative ways to protect this unique habitat near the Hockanum River,” said Beverly Peters, CL&P Transmission Project Manager. “Helicopters are a safe alternative to ground-level tree removal and they minimize disruption to property owners.”

The tree removal flights are scheduled to occur between Monday, December 19, and Thursday, December 22, 2011, weather permitting. This work will take one to two days to complete.

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

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, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower.


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