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CL&P’S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM APPROVED BY STATE

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Connecticut Light & Power and received via e-mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
CL&P’s Plan to Strengthen Electrical System Approved by State
Regulators 
The company will invest an additional $300 million through 2017 
BERLIN, Conn., January 16, 2013 - One of the biggest challenges
in the electric industry is dealing with the unpredictability of
Mother Nature’s wrath.  In Connecticut, the number one cause of
power outages is trees that damage electrical equipment, often
as a result of strong winds or ice.  That’s why Connecticut
Light & Power (CL&P) has developed a five-year, $300 million
infrastructure strengthening plan, designed to improve
reliability and reduce the impact of severe weather. 
CL&P’s “System Resiliency Plan,” approved today by the
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA),
focuses on three major initiatives - tree trimming, electrical
hardening through the use of coated thicker-gauge wire, and
structural hardening by strengthening utility poles, cross-arms
and related system equipment. 
“PURA’s approval is good news for our customers and we look
forward to starting these system improvements,” said Bill
Quinlan, CL&P’s Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness.
“This investment will benefit our customers by improving the
day-to-day reliability of our system and making it less
vulnerable to outages caused by extreme weather.” 
More than half of the $300 million will go toward tree trimming,
as trees cause the vast majority of outages during severe
weather.  $32 million will be invested this year to expand the
company’s tree trimming program, in addition to its normal
vegetation management program. Increasing tree trimming and
ensuring a clearance around electrical equipment has already
proven beneficial in areas such as the Farmington Valley, where
trimming was increased and the number of tree-related outages
decreased. 
Along with the tree trimming, next year the company will install
thicker wire that has a protective coating, known as “tree
wire,” that can better withstand damage from falling branches or
trees.  The work will also involve the replacement or
refurbishment of utility poles and cross-arms to better tolerate
storm damage and reduce power outages. 
These improvements will be focused on portions of the electrical
system, or circuits, that have historically experienced a number
of outages during day-to-day operations or as a result of severe
weather.  Now that the plan has final approval, the work will
begin this spring. 
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), a Northeast Utilities company
(NYSE: NU), transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million
customers in 149 cities and towns.  For more information, please
visit www.cl-p.com. 
CONTACT:  Mitch Gross
Office:  (860) 665-5221
After Hours:  (800) 789-2290 
(sgp) NY 
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