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News Release
CL&P and Yankee Gas Award Grants to 2010 FIRST Robotics Competitors  
Office:(860) 665-5221
Total of $17,000 distributed to 16 high school teams

BERLIN, Connecticut – February 25, 2010 – Sixteen high school teams from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Yankee Gas service territories
have been awarded $17,000 in grants to help fund their efforts in the upcoming 2010 Connecticut FIRST robotics competition. Awards ranged from $500 to $5,000. In January, teams were invited to apply for the grants.

"We are delighted by the number of teams that responded to this opportunity," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer, CL&P. "Connecticut FIRST has made science and learning fun and created an event that is just as exciting for spectators as it is for competitors."

The 16 teams and their grants are:

$5,000, Birds of Prey - Hartford Public High School and Pathways to Technology Magnet High School, Windsor
$1,000, Pirates of the Pythagorean - Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science
$1,000, Techno Ticks - Lyme-Old Lyme High School
$1,000, Bobcat Robotics - South Windsor High School
$1,000, Team Paragon - Windsor High School and Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield
$1,000, R.A.G.E. (Robotics and Gadget Engineering) - East Hartford High School; Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, East Hartford; Rockville High School; Bolton High School and Tolland High School
$1,000, Litchbots - Litchfield High School
$1,000, Elm City Squad - Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven
$1,000, The UberBots - Avon High School
$1,000, Granby Grunts - Granby Memorial High School, Granby

$500, UTC Otis - Farmington High School
$500, The Aluminum Falcons - Robert E. Fitch High School, Groton
$500, Robocats - Bacon Academy, Colchester
$500, Aces High - Suffield High School and Windsor Locks High School

$500, The Dragons - University High School of Science and Engineering, Hartford and American School for the Deaf, West Hartford
$500, GUS Robotics - O.H. Platt High School, Meriden; Francis T. Maloney High School, Meriden; H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, Meriden; Mark T. Sheehan High School, Wallingford and Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford

Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the NU Foundation, Northeast Utilities, CL&P and Yankee Gas' parent company, is the title sponsor of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Connecticut regional robotics competition for the next three years. This year’s Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional will be held April 1-3 at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford. Over 1,500 high school students are expected to compete.

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 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com.

Yankee Gas is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering clean, efficient, safe and reliable natural gas to more than 205,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.
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