Northeast Utilities System. Regulated Business Review and Northern Wood Power Project Tour. Portsmouth, New Hampshire September 23, 2005. Safe Harbor Provisions.
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Northeast Utilities System
Regulated Business Review
Northern Wood Power Project Tour
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
September 23, 2005
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Overview of Connecticut and
Massachusetts Delivery Businesses
President – Utility Group
In millions of dollars
Numbers of customers in thousands as of 6/30/05
*Excludes acquisition premium
The proposed transmission investments in CT will help contain generation, congestion, and RMR costs.
YTD sales through August (2005 vs. 2004)
Actual Electric Sales
Weather-Adjusted Electric Sales
Total Retail Electric
President and Chief Operating Officer
2000:Electric restructuring laws approved by the NH Legislature consistent with a 1999 state settlement agreement with PSNH
2002:Electric restructuring laws modified to restrict PSNH from divesting its generating units until at least 2004
2003: Electric restructuring laws modified again to restrict PSNH from divesting its generating units until at least April 30, 2006. PSNH to divest its generation only if it is in the economic interest of PSNH’s retail customers
The changes allowed PSNH to modify its generation facilities with cost recovery thus enabling the NWPP
September 2005 Total 13.855 cents/kwh
(% change 7/05 vs. 7/04)
Manufacturing Employment Growth
(% change 7/05 vs. 7/04)
Vice President - Operations
Meeting Customer Demand
$75 Million in Savings Annually
* Forecast estimate
Northern Wood Power Project
Fuel will be delivered by truck
Additional Revenue and Avoided Cost Associated with the Project
Sale of additional incremental generation:$2-3M/year
Reduced emissions cost:$3-5M/year
Sale of renewable energy credits:$8-12M/year
Production tax credit:$3M/year
Using wood for fuel has significant environmental benefits
Debt: $41.25M 55%
50/50 sharing of supplemental revenues
and rebates over or below settlement baseline*
* Includes revenue from the sale of Renewable Energy Certificates or Renewable Production Tax Credits
Northeast Utilities Plans for
Investment in Transmission Infrastructure
President – Transmission Group
: Constraint and constrained flow direction
FERC’s Electric Transmission Constraint Study identified congestion points that need immediate relief.
Transmission Constraints in the Contiguous U.S.
Pacific DC Intertie
Northeast of Boston
SW CT Interface
West VA/PJM Interface
East KS/MO Interface
Southeast West VA
NU’s part of that transmission expansion program is over $1.4 billion.
Transmission Investment has a Favorable Regulatory and Financial Environment
White Mountain Upgrade
Gosling Road Substation
Hudson – Scobie Line
Southern New England
Reliability Project (SNERP)
Barbour Hill Autotransformer
Bethel - Norwalk
Plumtree - Triangle
Middletown - Norwalk
Long Island Replacement Cable (LIRC)
SWCT improvements have been a top priority in each of
ISO-NE’s last four regional transmission expansion plans. Our four major projects there total over $1.3 billion in investment.
Bethel-Norwalk 345 kV Underground & Overhead
50% of CT Load
Middletown-Norwalk 345 kV
Underground & Overhead
$672-792 Million* (CL&P 80% Share)
115 kV Underground
Long Island Cable 138 kV cross sound
$72 Million (CL&P 50% Share)
*Costs are being reevaluated
Transmission Capital Expenditures*
NU’s Transmission growth has already begun.
* Spending levels depend on final level and timing of all projects.
Q & A