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

News Release
Yankee Gas Expansion Continues in Oxford
More customes to have energy choices
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 Oxford – 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 Oxford expansion project includes extending existing mains down Christian Street, extending over to the Jack's Brook Industrial Park and the Oxford Greens planned golf course community.

“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 is critical to business growth and consumer lifestyles."

Expansion supports local growth
"As part of Oxford's overall economic development initiatives, the expansion of natural gas lines is welcomed," said Joseph Andreana, executive director of the Oxford Economic Development Corporation. "We recognize that many businesses, as well as residents in the planned golf course community, will depend on natural gas as their main energy source. Access to natural gas will also enhance the potential of our industrial zone and put us in a better position to implement other commercial projects," Andreana 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. And, potential residential customers within 150 feet of a gas main may be eligible for a installation of a free gas service.

Construction route, timing
Yankee is installing approximately 13,000 feet of eight-inch gas main In Oxford. Expansion will begin at the company's existing mains near Christian Street, south to Jack’s Hills Road, then onto and across Riggs Street, where it will serve Jack's Brook Industrial Park and the site for the Oxford Greens subdivision. The gas main project began in August and should be completed in September.

Fuel diversity, environmental benefits
With greater availability of natural gas, Oxford consumers 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 worrying 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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