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

News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot (CL&P) Kevin Moore (UI)
Office: (860) 665-3409 (203) 499-2204
After Hours Phone: (800) 286-2000

Middletown/Norwalk Upgrade Filed
Proposed route calls for one-third underground

BERLIN, CT, and NEW HAVEN, CT, October 9, 2003 – The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) and The United Illuminating Company (UI) submitted an application today to the Connecticut Siting Council for a $604 million transmission solution that will extend the existing 345-kV (345,000 volts) transmission grid into the 54-town southwest Connecticut region, improve reliability and meet the growing electricity needs for thousands of citizens, businesses and institutions.

The proposed Middletown/Norwalk route calls for 45 miles of overhead lines between Middletown and Milford and 24 miles under local streets from Milford to Norwalk. There are also two alternative routes within the application. Both have shorter underground portions.

“The 24 miles underground is a testament to the outstanding abilities of our CL&P and UI planners and engineers who have found a way to bury a significant portion of the line, maintain reliability and avoid disruptions to homes and businesses,” said David H. Boguslawski, vice president, Northeast Utilities Transmission Business.

“The vulnerability of southwest Connecticut to electrical disturbances became strikingly clear during the August 14 blackout,” said Anthony Vallillo, UI President and Chief Operating Officer. “These upgrades need to be made. Customers in southwest Connecticut must have a reliable energy delivery system which meets their growing needs, as well as access to more cost-effective generation. This 345-kV proposal provides the best long-term solution.”

“We believe we have submitted a thoughtful, technologically sound solution to meet the needs of Connecticut’s electricity customers,” said Boguslawski. “And thanks to the input received from customers and the potentially affected municipalities, we have been able to modify the project design where possible.”

Assuming the companies receive Siting Council approval by next summer, construction is slated to begin in 2005 with completion by December 2007.

The Middletown/Norwalk application will also be available online at or

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

UI, The United Illuminating Company, was formed in 1899 when the Bridgeport Electric Company merged with the New Haven Electric Company. UI is a regional distribution utility providing electricity and energy-related services to more than 318,000 customers in the Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport areas.

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