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

News Release
Office:(860) 665-3931
BERLIN, CONN., September 1, 2005 — Thanks to natural gas service from Yankee Gas, the new Great Harvest Bread bakery in Groton is baking 200 loaves of its mouth-watering special breads each day. Great Harvest also turns out dozens of muffins, fruit crumble bars and other treats from its natural gas-powered ovens. The bakery is a recent convert from propane to natural gas because of the efficiency and reliability of natural gas — and, according to owner Robert Six, because it’s always there when you need it. Yankee Gas Services Company is part of the Northeast Utilities system and serves customers throughout southeast Connecticut.

The bakery’s large natural gas oven, measuring 10 feet high by 10 feet wide by 12 feet deep, holds up to 150 loaves. The bakery's smaller oven holds up to 120 cookies. "Natural gas turned out to be the most economical option for our store," said Robert Six, owner of the Groton bakery.

While Six was preparing to open Great Harvest Bread this summer, he originally planned to use the propane already available on the site. He didn’t know at first that natural gas was readily available to him and was a viable option for his business. His main concern was that there weren't enough propane storage tanks on site to meet the needs of the busy bakery.

"Staying with the propane would have been complicated and costly," said Six. "First, we would have needed more storage tanks on the property, and that would have eaten up precious parking spaces that I'd rather save for our customers," he added. In addition, installation of more propane tanks would have required approval from the town's planning and zoning board, a process that could have been time consuming. And finally, the bread ovens Six ordered for the shop were configured for natural gas, so Six would have incurred additional costs to convert the ovens for propane use; another expense a new business didn't need.

"Fortunately, we learned that Yankee’s natural gas mains were close to our building. Working with Yankee Gas, we were able to install natural gas at the bakery," Six said. Natural gas is piped directly to the building, so when Six turns on the ovens to begin baking the bread at 4 a.m., the natural gas is always there.

Great Harvest Bread opened in mid-July on Long Hill Road in Groton. The bakery has 10 employees and is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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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