NSTAR Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

  NSTAR Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

Business Wire

BOSTON -- January 10, 2013

NSTAR is receiving national honors for its successful efforts to assist other
utilities in the massive restoration following Superstorm Sandy. The Edison
Electric Institute’s (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award was presented today to
Northeast Utilities (NU), NSTAR’s parent company, in recognition of the
extraordinary work by NSTAR and other NU crews to restore electric service to
areas that had been disrupted by the devastating weather conditions.

Close to 400,000 NSTAR customers lost service due to the powerful Superstorm
at the end of October. Once restoration work for their own customers was
completed, NSTAR crew members joined other Northeast Utilities employees in
working around-the-clock to assist in the massive rebuilding and power
restoration efforts in New York and New Jersey.

“Assisting fellow utility workers and their customers, whether they’re across
the country or across state lines, is a long-standing tradition for which our
employees enthusiastically volunteer,” said Werner Schweiger, President of
NSTAR Electric. “Just as we’ve been assisted by others in the past, NSTAR
workers stepped up when asked, leaving their families behind for nearly two
weeks to help those most affected by Superstorm Sandy.”

“NSTAR’s restoration assistance following Hurricane Sandy was truly
remarkable,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Getting the lights back on quickly
and safely following a major storm is never easy. Working through the
industry’s mutual assistance program, NSTAR crews were essential in helping
their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods.
Importantly, the work of NSTAR crew members also shows their compassion in
helping others in their time of need. I congratulate them.”

Along with sending its own workers to hard-hit states, NSTAR also joined
fellow Northeast Utilities companies in sending a total of approximately 1,900
private line contractors who were previously assisting NU’s repair efforts
throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

The electric power industry’s Emergency Assistance Award has been presented
each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. The award
recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring electric service to
another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions
or other natural events.

NSTAR, a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU), transmits and delivers
electricity and natural gas to 1.4 million customers in Eastern and Central
Massachusetts, including more than one million electric customers in 81
communities and 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. For more information,
please visit our website: www.nstar.com. Friend us on Facebook, and follow us
on Twitter: @nstar_news.


Caroline Pretyman, 617-424-2460
Mike Durand, 508-441-5831
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