Northeast Utilities Sends Crews to Assist Utilities in New York & New Jersey

  Northeast Utilities Sends Crews to Assist Utilities in New York & New Jersey

  Operating companies wrap up Hurricane Sandy restoration in New England and
                           answer the call to help

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. & BOSTON -- November 08, 2012

Hundreds of crews and support personnel from Northeast Utilities are heading
south to help other utilities restore power to customers following the epic
devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. A contingent of workers from all NU
operating companies are either already assisting in the efforts in New York
and New Jersey, or will be heading there in the next 24 hours.

"Now that our customers have been restored in New England, we’re happy to do
our part and help others who are still feeling the effects of Hurricane
Sandy,” said Tom May, President and CEO of Northeast Utilities. "Our crews
have first-hand experience with the destruction caused by Sandy and are
well-equipped to assist our neighbors in New York and New Jersey. We are so
proud of all of our employees and external resources who worked tirelessly to
respond to customers and restore power since the storm and we know their
skills and commitment will be critical to the important work taking place.”

The mutual aid effort comes after Northeast Utilities’ operating companies
restored power to approximately 1.5 million customers, half of its customer
base, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The first contingent of workers to head
south came from NSTAR Gas and Yankee Gas, who departed for New Jersey earlier
this week to assist in natural gas related work for New Jersey Natural Gas
Company. NSTAR has sent 23 underground workers to assist ConEd in New York
City, as well as 20 substation personnel who are working in Long Island. In
addition, approximately 60 CL&P employees, including line workers, mechanics,
supervisors, and safety professionals, are heading to New York to assist ConEd
today. They will be joined by 26 personnel from Public Service of New
Hampshire (PSNH) and 17 workers from Western Mass Electric Company who are
headed south to assist First Energy on Friday morning. The crews will stay on
with their neighbor utilities for as long as needed, and will be joining 200
line workers from Hydro Quebec, NU’s partner in the Northern Pass Transmission
project.

About NU

Northeast Utilities (NU) operates New England’s largest energy delivery
company. NU and its companies are committed to safety, reliability,
environmental leadership and stewardship, as well as expanding energy options
for its more than 3.5 million electric and natural gas customers in
Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Headquartered in Boston, MA and
Hartford, CT, NU is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol NU. Learn more about NU and its family of companies
at nu.com.

Contact:

Northeast Utilities
Caroline Pretyman, 617-424-2460
caroline.pretyman@nu.com
or
Al Lara, 860-728-4616
albert.lara@nu.com