WMECo Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

  WMECo Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

Business Wire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- January 10, 2013

Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) 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),WMECo’s parent company, in recognition of the extraordinary work by WMECo
and other NU crews to restore electric service to areas that had been
disrupted by the devastating weather conditions.

WMECo crews systematically restored power to 52-thousand customers during and
after Superstorm Sandy. They then packed-up and headed south to Connecticut,
where a massive restoration was still in full swing. Shortly after Sandy, a
nor’easter dealt a blow to storm-ravaged New Jersey and a WMECo contingent was
back on the road to assist storm weary crews there.

“When power goes out, our borders come down,” said WMECo President Peter
Clarke. “The formidable task of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of
people was shouldered in part by our dedicated workforce, not for days but for
weeks, as they continued to demonstrate thecombined powerofthe Northeast
Utilities family.”

Along with sending its own workers to hard-hit states, WMECo 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
the customers of another utility company that has been disrupted by severe
weather conditions or other natural events.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company, a Northeast Utilities company
(NYSE:NU), serves approximately 210,000 customers in 59 communities throughout
western Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our website:
www.wmeco.com. Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @wmeco.

Contact:

Western Massachusetts Electric Company
Priscilla Ress, 413-787-1055
priscilla.ress@nu.com