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

News Release
Yankee Gas Expansion Brings Natural Gas to Prospect
New energy choices to benefit businesses, residents; supports local growth
MEDIA CONTACT:Sandy St. Pierre
Office:(203) 639-4423
After Hours:800-279-1173
MERIDEN, Conn., July 6, 2001 (NYSE: NU) – Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities system, has announced a major expansion of its natural gas distribution system in Prospect – part of the first phase of a $23 million, multi-year growth plan to make natural gas available to more homes and businesses throughout the state. The Prospect expansion project includes installing gas mains along Routes 68 and 69, through the center of town, as well as several industrial areas.

“This expansion project reflects our commitment to grow our gas distribution system, as we agreed to with state regulators when we merged with Northeast Utilities a year ago,” said Dennis E. Welch, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas. “We are excited about this project because for the first time natural gas will be an energy option in this community."

Expansion supports local growth
“We’re pleased with Yankee’s plans to bring natural gas to Prospect," said Mayor Bob Chatfield. "I believe it will bring greater economic growth and give businesses and residents an energy option they never had before," he 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.

Construction route, timing
Yankee will install nearly 28,000 feet of gas main in Prospect. The new main will begin on Route 68, at the intersection of Maple Hill Road in Naugatuck, and continue to the intersection of Route 69 in the center of town. Continuing down Route 69, a new main will end at the intersection of Bateswood Road in Waterbury. A gas main to serve industrial and commercial areas will be installed along Industrial Road, Grammar Avenue, and Center Street. The project is expected to begin in late July or early August.

Fuel diversity, environmental benefits
The planned expansion project will offer a new energy choice to consumers in Prospect, a town that has never had natural gas service. With the availability of natural gas, Prospect consumers have more choice and greater flexibility in the types of 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.

The addition of 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.

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 187,000 customers in 69 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, www.yankeefinancialservices.com

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