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

News Release
CL&P and Yankee Gas Offering Grants to 2010 FIRST Robotics Competitors  
Office:(860) 665-5221
Total of $15,000 available; application deadline is February 1

BERLIN, Connecticut – January 7, 2010 – High school students in Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Yankee Gas service territories competing in the upcoming 2010 Connecticut FIRST robotics competition can now apply for grants to help fund their entries, thanks to CL&P and Yankee Gas.

A total of $15,000 is available. Winning teams will be eligible for grants ranging from $500 to $1000 each.

"I am very proud that we are taking this next step in supporting Connecticut FIRST," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer, CL&P. "They have made science and learning fun and created an event that is just as exciting for spectators as it is for competitors."

Applications for the CL&P/Yankee Gas grants are available at www.cl-p.com/Home/Community/First.aspx. The deadline for applications is February 1. Winning teams will be notified by February 20.

Over 1,500 high school students are expected to compete in the 2010 Northeast Utilities FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Connecticut Regional robotics competition, April 1-3 at Hartford's Connecticut Convention Center.

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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 part of the Northeast Utilities system of companies (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com

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