National Grid Responds To State Of The Union

Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:31pm EST

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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 electric
and gas systems 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-carbon energy sources and technologies;
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 manufacturing the next generation of clean
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.

For more information please visit our website:  www.nationalgridus.com.   

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SOURCE  National Grid


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