National Grid and CBS Radio Team-up with Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference to Promote Energy Efficiency

  National Grid and CBS Radio Team-up with Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference to
  Promote Energy Efficiency

   Tickets to home games, energy efficiency grants and meet and greets with
                    Andrew Ference among prizes to be won

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- March 6, 2013

Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference may be all about the black and gold when he’s
on the ice, but off the ice he is all about living a green life. That’s why he
is partnering with National Grid and CBS Radio to promote energy efficiency to
residents and schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island through an interactive
contest. National Grid residential customers will have the opportunity to win
tickets to a home game and/or be awarded energy efficiency grants to use
toward making their home more energy efficient. In addition, grammar and
middle schools in National Grid’s service area can enter to win grants toward
making their school more energy efficient, as well as a grand prize that
includes a visit to their school by Andrew Ference.

“One of our main prioritiesat National Grid is topractice and promote
environmental responsibility, and that includes working with customers on how
they can use energy efficiency programs tosave money andhelpprotectour
planet,” said Edward White, vice president, Customer and Business Strategy.
“Andrew is not only a Stanley Cup Champion, he’s a firm believer in
sustainable living and practices what he preaches. Partnering with Andrew to
help promote energy efficiency with our customers is a no-brainer and we’re
thrilled to have him as part of the team.”

The contest is open to all National Grid electric and gas residential
customers – as well as schools (K- 8) in the National Grid service territory
in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Multiple levels of participation include:

  *Eight drawings for tickets to a home game. To be entered into the drawings
    for Bruins tickets, customers should “like” National Grid on Facebook and
    fill out a short entry form. (www.facebook.com/nationalgridMA or
    www.facebook.com/nationalgridRI) Winners will be randomly selected
    beginning March 12, 2013 through the end of the regular season. Ticket
    winners will also have the opportunity to meet Andrew Ference after the
    game.
  *Energy Efficiency Grants. Residential customers can enter to win grants to
    be used toward implementing energy efficiency measures in their homes. To
    be eligible, customers must schedule a no-cost in-home energy assessment
    with National Grid between March 6 and April 15, 2013. Seven Massachusetts
    and seven Rhode Island customers will receive a 2^nd place prize of $2,500
    to use towards energy efficiency; three Massachusetts and three Rhode
    Island customers will receive a 1^st place prize of $5,000 to use towards
    energy efficiency; and one Massachusetts and one Rhode Island customer
    will win the grand prize of $7,500 to use towards energy efficiency.
  *Energy Efficiency Grants for Schools and visit by Andrew Ference. Schools
    in National Grid’s service territory across Massachusetts and Rhode Island
    can enter to win $1,000 grants, as well as the grand prize of the $2,500
    grant plus a visit by Andrew Ference. During his visit Andrew will talk to
    students about how he lives an eco-friendly life at home and on the road,
    and what students can do to be more eco-friendly. To enter, schools must
    demonstrate how their school could become more energy efficient by using
    pictures, videos, drawings or another form of media. Submissions should be
    sent to: Brand Team, National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA 02451.

“I grew up surrounded by people who cared about environmental issues and over
time, those issues became important to me as well,” said Andrew Ference. “If I
can use my voice as a hockey player and use the exposure we get on a public
stage to bring more attention to living green then I’m going to do it. I want
to continue to inspire others to care about the planet and this contest is a
great way of doing that.”

Heavily influenced by renowned Canadian conservationist Dr. David Suzuki,
Ference introduced the Carbon Neutral Challenge to his teammates while playing
with the Calgary Flames, and then later to other teams throughout the NHL.
Players could voluntarily sign up to purchase ‘carbon offset credits,’ in
effect subtracting from carbon emissions through helping finance clean energy
initiatives like solar, wind and bio-fuel projects. Based on Ference’s
efforts, more than 500 NHL players have voluntarily signed up for the
Challenge.

About 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 Hampshire, 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, New Hampshire
and Rhode Island.

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