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NEW ENGLAND ELECTRIC SYSTEM COMPANIES TAKE A GIANT STEP IN REDUCING AIR EMISSIONS

 NEW ENGLAND ELECTRIC SYSTEM COMPANIES TAKE A GIANT STEP
 IN REDUCING AIR EMISSIONS
 BOSTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A major step in New England Electric System (NYSE: NES)(NEES) Companies' NEESPLAN 3 goal of reducing air emissions by 45 percent was taken with today's groundbreaking for the Manchester Street Repowering Project at Manchester Street Station in Providence, R.I. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a $620 million project that will reduce air emissions from burning fossil fuels by nine percent, add 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity production to the station's output, and contribute to revitalization of a waterfront area. The total electrical output of the repowered Manchester Street Power Station will be approximately 489 MW when the project is completed in early 1996.
 "NEESPLAN 3 sets forth our goals of reducing pollution, stabilizing electricity costs, and improving service. The Manchester Street Repowering Project is a keystone in this effort," said John W. Rowe, NEES president and chief executive officer. "Turning an antiquated facility into a state-of-the-art plant will help both the environment and the Rhode Island economy."
 The Manchester Street Repowering Project will add three combustion turbines primarily fueled with natural gas, replacing three oil-fired generating units built in the late 1940's. Extensive site improvements, including a waterfront park, will be included in the project.
 Additionally, a new substation will be built in Johnston, R.I. on Hartford Ave. at the I-295 interchange. Seven miles of underground transmission cables will connect the plant to the new substation.
 Narragansett Electric serves 317,000 customers in 27 Rhode Island communities. It is a retail subsidiary of New England Electric System. New England Power is the System's wholesale generation and transmission subsidiary.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Ellen Harn of New England Electric, 508-366-9011 (days), 617-498-9880 (evenings)/
 (NES) CO: New England Electric System ST: Massachusetts, Rhode Island IN: UTI SU:


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