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

News Release
Yankee Gas Expansion Delivers Additional Natural Gas Service to Waterford
New energy choices to benefit businesses, residents
MEDIA CONTACT:Sandy St. Pierre
Office:(203) 639-4423
After Hours:800-279-1173
MERIDEN, Conn., July 12, 2001 (NYSE: NU) – Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities system, has announced an expansion of its natural gas distribution system in Waterford – part of the first phase of a multi-year growth plan to make natural gas available to more homes and businesses throughout the state. This first phase represents an investment of approximately $23 million.

“This expansion project is another reflection of our commitment to grow our gas distribution system, as we agreed to with state regulators when we merged with Northeast Utilities a year ago,” said Dennis E. Welch, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas. “This is an important project because it will not only extend greater choice to more energy consumers in the Quaker Hill area of Waterford, but also help us to meet the growing demand for natural gas in this region."

Construction route, timing
Yankee will install nearly 8,000 feet of main along Old Norwich Road from Benham Avenue to Scotch Cap Road, and another 3,500 feet of main down to the end of Scotch Cap Road at the Thames River. Construction began on July 10 with asphalt cutting. Pipe installation will begin the following week on Old Norwich Road and a second crew will begin shortly after on Scotch Cap Road. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2001.

Yankee will work closely with local businesses and homeowners to coordinate installation of service lines and meters, connecting them to the new gas mains. The company also is prepared to assist with equipment selections or recommendations and has financing programs that can help both businesses and homeowners.

Fuel diversity, environmental benefits
The planned expansion project will offer a new energy choice to many consumers in Waterford. With the availability of natural gas, consumers will have more choice and greater flexibility in the types of equipment they can use for their homes or businesses. It gives businesses more choices for heating, cooling, manufacturing processing and even cooking. Homeowners also have more options; natural gas not only can be used for heat and hot water, but also for cooking, clothes drying, fireplaces, outdoor grilling, pool, patio and spa heaters and much more.

The expansion of natural gas service also provides environmental benefits. Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer pollutants than other fossil fuels. And it’s piped directly to the home or business, eliminating the need for storage tanks.

Residents or business owners who are interested in connecting to natural gas through this expansion project are encouraged to call Yankee’s Business Response Center at 1-888-2YANKEE.

Yankee Energy System, Inc., (YES) which is part of the Northeast Utilities system, includes Yankee Gas Services Company, the largest natural gas distribution company in Connecticut serving approximately 187,000 customers in 69 cities and towns throughout the state. Yankee Energy also includes Yankee Energy Financial Services Company, which provides a full range of residential and commercial energy equipment financing options. Further information about YES can be obtained from its Web sites: www.yankeeenergy.com, www.yankeegas.com, www.yankeefinancialservices.com

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