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

News Release
Yankee Gas Extends Natural Gas Mains to Serve New South Windsor Development
New energy choices to benefit businesses, support local growth
MEDIA CONTACT:Sandy St. PierreMary Ingarra, APR
Office:(860) 665-6211(860) 665-6212
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BERLIN, Conn., September 5, 2002 (NYSE: NU) – Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities system, is expanding its natural gas distribution system in South Windsor – part of the second phase of a multi-year growth plan to make natural gas available to more homes and businesses throughout the state. The South Windsor expansion project will extend existing mains 3,900 feet on Buckland Road from Deming Street south to the Manchester town line, a growing commercial area. Construction will begin this month.

“This expansion project reflects our continued commitment to grow our gas distribution system, ensuring that communities have the energy options that support local economic development initiatives and consumer expectations," said Dennis E. Welch, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas. “In today's technology-driven economy, having reliable energy, as well as energy options are critical to business growth and consumer lifestyles."

Expansion supports local growth
“Having greater access to natural gas service opens up more cost-effective energy options for the town," said Matthew Galligan, South Windsor’s Town Manager. “The gas lines will serve Evergreen Walk, a new development that includes retail, office space and a hotel. We hope that with more energy choices, we can attract more commercial development to town,” Galligan added. 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. In addition, potential residential customers within 150 feet of a gas main may be eligible for free installation of a gas service.

Fuel diversity, environmental benefits
With expanded access to natural gas, South Windsor businesses and residents will have more choice and greater flexibility in the types of energy 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.

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 and worry about tank refills.

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 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


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