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Project is expected to create more than 1,000 local jobs

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (July 14, 2016) - An important electric reliability project has been given the green light by New Hampshire regulators and is expected to move into its construction phase in the fall. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has voted to approve construction, by Eversource Energy and National Grid, of the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP), a new overhead 345-kV transmission line to be built in an existing right-of-way between Londonderry, New Hampshire and Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

"As the first large transmission project in more than 20 years to be considered and approved by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to move into construction, the MVRP will answer an urgent need identified by New England's independent system operator, ISO-New England, to strengthen the area's electric system in response to forecasted load growth and aging infrastructure," said Eversource Vice President of Electrical Operations Joe Purington.

"This is a critical transmission infrastructure project-for New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and all of New England-and we're proud to be working closely with communities throughout the area to improve and update our systems. When completed, the MVRP will ensure that consumers have a strong electricity grid and reliable power for years to come," said Rudy Wynter, President and COO, FERC-Regulated Business.

The Site Evaluation Committee on July 11 announced that it will issue the project a Certificate of Site and Facility. The decision follows rounds of public information sessions and public hearings in New Hampshire counties through which the new line will pass.
 
The MVRP will run along existing utility rights-of-way, with approximately 18 miles through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham in NH and approximately 6.5 miles through Dracut, Andover, and Tewksbury in MA, for a total length of approximately 24.5 miles.

National Grid and Eversource Energy will jointly invest a total of nearly $125 million in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to bolster the regional infrastructure. Both companies are in the process of reviewing bids for the project. It is estimated that during peak construction, the project will create more than 1,000 local jobs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Keeping open the lines of communication with local communities will be an important part of the project. Eversource and National Grid will continue to meet with local officials and residents of the host communities as the project moves into construction. The companies are also planning to provide regular updates as construction takes place. These updates will be available on the project web page.

Community meetings will be held before construction begins to inform property and business owners, as well as other interested parties about work activities and schedules. Project representatives from Eversource and National Grid will continue to communicate directly with abutters along the rights-of-way throughout the construction and restoration process.
 
For more information about the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, visit MA-NHsolution.com, call 1-844-646-8427 or send an email with questions to Info@MA-NHSolution.com.

About Eversource
Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns. Recognized in 2015 as the top-ranked "green" utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). Eversource remains committed to hiring New Hampshire workers first for its New Hampshire projects, as part of its New Hampshire Energy Jobs Partnership.

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. 
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). 

For more information please visit our website, or our Connecting website, follow us on Twitter,watch us on YouTubefriend us on Facebookfind our photos on Instagram.

CONTACTS​  

For Eversource:

Martin Murray, 603-634-2228, martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods, 603-634-2418, kaitlyn.woods@gmail.com

For National Grid:

 Jackie Barry, 781-907-1754, jackie.barry@nationalgrid.com