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

www.yankeegas.com
News Release
  
CL&P and Yankee Gas Team Up
To Brief Social Service Providers
Energy program forums scheduled throughout the state this month
 
MEDIA CONTACT:Mary B. Ingarra, Yankee Gas CommunicationsChris Riley, CL&P Communications
Office:(860) 665-6212(860) 665-5192
 
BERLIN, Connecticut - October 10, 2003 -- As the cold weather months approach, The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) and Yankee Gas Services Company are presenting their annual information forums for social service providers to discuss programs to assist low- and fixed-income customers with their winter energy bills. Representatives from the Department of Social Services and Operation Fuel will also participate in the forums on winter 2003-2004 energy programs.

The publication, Programs That Help People In Connecticut has been updated and will be distributed to meeting attendees, along with other outreach materials developed for special needs customers.

Four breakfast forums are scheduled throughout Connecticut during October:
Wednesday, October 15, Hilton Hotel, Southbury, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 16, Doubletree Inn, Norwalk, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 28, Pequot Museum, Ledyard, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 29, Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, 8:30 a.m.

“It is very important for our customers to know about the Winter Protection Plans and how and where to apply for energy assistance. We want to be sure everyone gets through this winter safely and comfortably,” said Tim Clark, CL&P’s manager of Credit and Collection.

Last year more than 35,000 CL&P customers and nearly 16,000 Yankee Gas customers signed up to receive Winter Protection Plan services.

Under the Winter Protection program, CL&P will not terminate service to qualified customers who have problems paying their electricity bills between November 1, 2003, and April 15, 2004. Qualifying Yankee Gas customers are protected from having their gas heating service turned off if they fail to pay their bill during the same timeframe.

For both electric and natural gas heating customers, the Winter Protection Plan applies to those whose income falls below 200% of the federal poverty level, who are seriously ill, or whose only source of support is Social Security or veteran’s benefits. Certain households who depend on unemployment compensation benefits may also qualify.

Both CL&P and Yankee Gas work with social agencies and their clients to encourage customers to make special arrangements for partial payments during the winter months. This reduces the amount of the bill when the Winter Protection Program ends on April 15.

Yankee’s Matching Payment Program

Yankee Gas will also provide information about its Matching Payment program, which allows low-income customers who have past-due balances to work out a monthly payment arrangement so their gas heating service will be provided all year round. Customers must apply and qualify for energy assistance funds, and make and keep monthly payments. (For those who are eligible, Yankee Gas will deduct an amount equal to the money paid by the customer and the amount received from energy assistance, up to a zero balance. If customers qualify, there is a possibility of forgiveness of back balances owed.)

For more information on how to sign up for Yankee’s Matching Payment Program and Winter Protection Plan, call (800) 438-2278, or visit www.yankeegas.com.

Customers who think they may qualify for the CL&P’s Winter Protection Plan should call (800) 286-2000 (860/947-2000 in the Hartford and Meriden calling areas) or visit www.cl-p.com.

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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 71 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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