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

www.yankeegas.com
News Release
  
Yankee Gas and CL&P Fund Video Conferencing Equipment for East Lyme  
MEDIA CONTACT:Mary B. IngarraChris Riley
Office:(860) 665-6212(860) 665-5192
 
BERLIN, Conn., January 8, 2003, (NYSE: NU) – Yankee Gas Services Company and The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), both part of the Northeast Utilities System, announced the award of a $6,000 grant to the town of East Lyme to assist with the purchase of video conferencing equipment that will allow the town to broadcast its public meetings and emergency notification information from the Town Hall on local public access television.

Yankee Gas President and COO Dennis E. Welch and CL&P President and COO Lee Olivier presented the check to East Lyme First Selectman Wayne Fraser today at Town Hall.

“It’s wonderful how our partners at Yankee Gas and CL&P stepped up to help us with this important video project,” said Fraser. “In addition to helping us better communicate with town residents, this new equipment will assist with training and allow us to participate in emergency management video meetings across the country.”

Fraser said the capabilities of the equipment will be implemented in three phases. Phase one will allow for taped Town Hall meetings to air on Eastern Connecticut Cable TV’s public access Channel 19; Phase two will permit the town to broadcast meetings or emergency messages live on Channel 19; and Phase three will establish a town-wide area network so that town buildings can share computer, financial and training resources. Presently, the town is only capable of broadcasting public meetings from the East Lyme High School, which isn’t always accessible.

“We’re pleased to support this important initiative for the town of East Lyme,” said Welch. “Communications are as important as having reliable energy, so this was a natural fit for us. Last year, Yankee expanded its natural gas distribution system into town. As we prepare to begin serving our first customers in East Lyme, this contribution reflects our commitment to this community – now and in the future.” The natural gas expansion project runs from existing mains on Route 1 in Waterford through East Lyme’s central business district and along Flanders Road.

“Allowing the public greater access to the decisions that will shape the future of East Lyme is an investment that CL&P is proud to make,” said Olivier. “As a company that places the highest priority on safety, we’re also very excited about the video training capabilities this equipment will provide for East Lyme’s first responders and emergency personnel.”
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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 191,000 customers in 70 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 and www.yankeefinancialservices.com

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 www.cl-p.com.





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