National Grid Responds To State Of The Union

                 National Grid Responds To State Of The Union

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --National Grid commends President
Barack Obama for reiterating his vision for America's energy future in his
State of the Union speech tonight. As an electric and gas delivery company,
National Grid connects people to the energy they use everyday, safely. We
stand committed to modernizing our infrastructure, helping to deliver a clean
energy future and safeguarding our environment for future generations,
consistent with President Obama's call to double energy productivity by 2030.
In recent years, we and our customers have been adversely impacted by
continued extreme weather events, as highlighted by President Obama. National
Grid believes we must continue to work with all stakeholders and policy
leaders to make our electricand gassystems more resilient to meet our
customers' needs and manage future risks.

National Grid agrees that the Administration has numerous opportunities to
move energy policy forward and is committed to working with business,
government and community leaders to do that. Last week we helped lead the
release of Energy 2030, a comprehensive plan encouraging policymakers at all
levels to invest, modernize and educate to double U.S. energy productivity by
2030.

Specifically, we urge the Administration and Congress to support policies that
promote energy efficiency, low- and zero-carbonenergy sources
andtechnologies; the expansion of smart grid and infrastructure investments;
and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. We also
encourage policymakers to create incentives for innovation that will position
the United States as a global leader in developing and manufacturingthe next
generation ofclean energy technologies.

National Grid welcomes the opportunity to work with the Administration,
Congress, governors and other stakeholders in a bipartisan effort to advance
America's energy infrastructure.

NATIONAL GRID

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy
system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid
holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins
everything up'.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric
customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In
Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is
built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network
on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA),
and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing
power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of
natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers
in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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