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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(800) 989-0900

News Release
MEDIA CONTACT:Sandy St. Pierre
Peter Casarella appointed to the Board of Directors of Northeast Economic Alliance and Thread City Development, Inc.

BERLIN, Conn., May 12, 2005 -- While Yankee Gas Services Company is delivering natural gas service to serve its customers needs in 71 Connecticut towns, its employees are providing added value in many of those communities by lending their business skills to boost local economic development. Peter Casarella, an account executive based in Yankee’s Danielson office, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance and Thread City Development, Inc., in Willimantic.

"Peter and other local business people bring a new attitude to economic development," said Roberta Dwyer, executive director of the Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance. "They are in tune with the day-to-day needs of businesses and can offer insights and experience that help start-up enterprises become strong companies." The group provides micro-loans, counseling and advice to small businesses in 21 towns, including Brooklyn, Killingly, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, and Putnam, which are served by Yankee Gas.

As a member of the board of directors and secretary of Thread City Development, Inc, Casarella is working on the redevelopment of Main Street in Willimantic as well as encouraging economic development in surrounding towns. A private/public partnership, the group lends business expertise and support to town officials, helping to obtain grants and bring new businesses to the area. Casarella is also participating in an effort to develop a white water recreation area surrounding the Willimantic River.

In addition to these activities, Casarella represents Yankee Gas in the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Windham Chamber of Commerce.

Casarella is a resident of Hebron.

Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut’s energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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