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

News Release
Yankee Gas' Dennis Welch Named to AGA Board of Directors  
Office:(860) 665-6212
BERLIN, CONN., February 23, 2004 (NYSE:NU)– Dennis E. Welch, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas Services Company, has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association (AGA). Welch's appointment was announced at the AGA's annual meeting, January 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Welch is a member of AGA’s Leadership Council; Security, Integrity and Reliability Committee; and the Government Relations Policy Committee. The AGA represents 191 local energy utility companies that deliver natural gas to more than 53 million homes, businesses and industries throughout the United States.

"I look forward to my expanding role with the AGA and working with my colleagues across the country," said Welch. "Because natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and is mostly domestic, it is in high demand. That's why it is increasingly important to get a comprehensive national energy policy in place that addresses both long-term supply and infrastructure issues. Our customers depend on the reliable service we deliver every day; as an industry, we can't let them down."

In addition to his positions with the AGA, Welch is Chairman of the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) a regional trade association that focuses on education and training, operations, planning, research and development, and public awareness of natural gas in the Northeast. And, he chairs NGA's Regional Gas Supply Task Force.

Welch lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elizabeth Monahan. In addition to his gas industry involvement, Welch sits on the University of Connecticut's Advisory Board for the School of Engineering and the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 192,000 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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