PSNH Storm Assistance Lauded

  PSNH Storm Assistance Lauded

           NH Crews Helped Residents in Connecticut and New Jersey

Business Wire

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- January 10, 2013

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) has been honored for its successful
efforts to help other utilities restore power following Superstorm Sandy.

The Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award was presented
today to Northeast Utilities (NU), PSNH's parent company, in recognition of
the extraordinary work by PSNH and other NU crews to restore electric service
to other utility companies that had been disrupted by the severe weather
conditions.

About 137,000 PSNH customers lost service due to the powerful remnants of
Sandy on October 29. Once restoration work for their own customers was
completed, PSNH crew members worked in both Connecticut and in New Jersey,
assisting residents in areas that were extremely hard hit by the devastating
hurricane.

"The assistance of crews from PSNH and other NU companies following Sandy was
truly remarkable," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Working through the
industry's mutual assistance program, the crews were essential in helping
their fellow utility companies restore service. Importantly, the work of the
crew members also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of
need. I congratulate them."

"Restoring power safely and quickly to our customers in the wake of
significant storms is a top priority," noted Gary Long, PSNH president and
chief operating officer. "We have received assistance in the past from other
utilities, and it was gratifying in this case to be able to return the favor."

The electric power industry's Emergency Assistance Award has been presented
each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. Northeast
Utilities, including PSNH, was chosen by following an international nomination
process, and the award was presented during EEI's winter meeting.

Public Service of New Hampshire,a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE:NU), is
New Hampshire's largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and
businesses in 211 cities and towns. For more information, please visit
www.psnh.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/psnhnews)and follow us on
Twitter @psnh.

Contact:

Public Service of New Hampshire
Mike Skelton, 603-634-3270
michael.skelton@nu.com
 
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