The Connecticut Light and Power Company
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Hartford, CT 06141-0270
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News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot (CL&P) Marcia Wellman (UI)
Office: (860) 665-3409 (203) 499-3737
After Hours Phone: (800) 286-2000 (203) 444-2161

Final "ROC" Report Delivered to Siting Council
24 Miles of Undergrounding - Norwalk to Milford - Will Work for CL&P & UI’s Middletown/Norwalk Project

BERLIN and NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, December 20, 2004 -- Twenty-four miles of underground cable – from the Norwalk Substation in Norwalk to the East Devon Substation in Milford - can be installed as part of Connecticut Light & Power’s (CL&P) and United Illuminating’s (UI) proposed Middletown/Norwalk Transmission Project route without risking the reliability, safety or operability of the electric transmission grid in southwest Connecticut. That is the conclusion of the “ROC" (Reliability and Operability Committee) Report on the Project, which was filed this afternoon with the Connecticut Siting Council.

"CL&P, UI and ISO took very seriously our charge from the Siting Council and the Connecticut Legislature to maximize the use of underground transmission," said David H. Boguslawski, vice president, Transmission Business, Northeast Utilities. "We have found a way to make 24 miles work, to provide a technically feasible solution for transmission-starved southwest Connecticut that complies with all legislative requirements."

Led by Roger Zaklukiewicz, vice president, Transmission Projects, Northeast Utilities and Stephen G. Whitley, senior vice president/chief operating officer, ISO New England, the ROC brought in teams of consultants from around the world to analyze a variety of scenarios.

While the ROC and its consultants reached a consensus that the 24 miles of undergrounding will work, they can not support going beyond the 24 miles in length. Additional underground cable introduces unacceptable risks to the integrity and reliability of the grid, which could lead to substation equipment failures and extended outages.

"We were asked to identify a plan that would determine the maximum use of underground cable for the Project that is technically feasible, consistent with operability requirements, reliability requirements and electric system need,” said Anthony Vallillo, president and chief operating officer, The United Illuminating Company. “We have done that."

The ROC was formed in June 2004 after concerns were raised about the extensive use of underground cable in the Middletown/Norwalk Project.

The Connecticut Siting Council is scheduled to hold hearings on the ROC Report January 2005. A ruling on the Middletown/Norwalk Project is expected by April 7, 2005.

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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 320,000 customers in the Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport areas.

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