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Select Energy, Inc.
107 Selden Street
Berlin, CT 06037-1651
(888) 810-5678

www.selectenergy.com


Contact:Joel Weinberg
Office:860-665-2046


SELECT ENERGY ADDS GREEN POWER TO CUSTOMER COMMODITY CHOICES

U.S. GSA’s Binghamton, NY Facility Is First In Nation To Be 100% Wind-Powered



BERLIN, Connecticut, August 13, 2002 – Select Energy, the competitive energy marketing and services arm of Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), has expanded its portfolio of energy commodities to now include environmentally-friendly power choices for business and institutional customers in the northeastern U.S. The company today announced an agreement with the General Services Administration and Community Energy Inc. for the GSA’s Binghamton (NY) Federal Building to be powered entirely by wind-generated electricity.

Community Energy is supplying the wind energy wholesale from the 30-megawatt Fenner wind farm in upstate New York. Select Energy is currently providing over 10 megawatts of electricity per year for various GSA facilities throughout the state of New York, under a 3-year contract that runs through May 2005.

“Customers are taking advantage of energy deregulation and going beyond short-term cost-saving opportunities. Energy purchases can now reflect an organization’s longer-term strategic goals and values,” said Stephen J. Fabiani, vice president of retail sales and marketing for Select Energy. “At Select Energy, we continue to build and expand our portfolio of energy supply options in order to help our business and institutional customers achieve what’s important to them,” he said. Fabiani noted that discussions for renewable energy supply alternatives are currently under way with other key customers and aggregation groups in the company’s 11-state market.

Wind energy is a zero-emission fuel source that is generally more expensive than other energy options. The Binghamton Federal Building wind purchase will annually offset approximately 772,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, a leading cause of global warming. The emission reductions are equivalent to planting over 52,000 trees each year.

At a press conference today in Binghamton, Community Energy presented an award to the GSA for its groundbreaking purchase of New Wind Energy for the Binghamton Federal Building, and to U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey for his efforts promoting the purchase. Community Energy Inc. is the leading marketer of wind-generated electricity, under the New Wind EnergyTM brand. The company’s customers include the five largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in the nation. For more information, visit www.NewWindEnergy.com.

Select Energy Inc. is a leading wholesale and retail provider of electricity, natural gas and other commodities, with customers from Maine to Maryland and a peak annual load of nearly 7,000 megawatts. The company manages and markets power output for approximately 1,300 megawatts of generation owned by NU subsidiary Northeast Generation Company affiliate, including the 1,080-megawatt Northfield Mountain pumped storage facility in Massachusetts. More information is available at www.selectenergy.com.


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