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Eversource and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Recognized for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship
Partnership has nearly $4.7 million conservation impact in New England



June 19, 2017

In recognition of Eversource's unique partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for the restoration and sustainability of healthy forests and rivers in New Hampshire, the company was presented with the Environmental Business Council New England (EBC) Environmental-Energy Merit Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization. New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan accepted the award at the EBC 24th Annual EBEE Awards on June 8 in Boston.

"The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has been a great partner, finding action-based projects that will bring positive and meaningful change to New Hampshire's most treasured habitats," Quinlan said. "Our partnership has had an immense impact on the state, from removing barriers to fish passage along the northernmost tributaries of the Connecticut River, to re-establishing New England cottontail habitat along our Seacoast."

Each year, the EBC recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment. The awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

 Eversource continues to make significant investments in sustainability and the environment as part of the company's work to develop clean energy sources through projects such as Northern Pass, Bay State Wind, and Access Northeast. Through its subsidiary Northern Pass Transmission LLC, Eversource has committed a total of $3 million to its partnership with NFWF to cultivate science-based conservation strategies and cost-effective projects. In the first two years of the partnership, the program has leveraged $1.2 million from Eversource, $1.4 million from federal partners, and $2 million in grantee matches for a total conservation impact of nearly $4.7 million.

The program has funded a total of 17 projects, which include work to restore 1,600 acres of New Hampshire forest and to open 240 miles of stream. In 2016, the program restored stream banks and improved forest management to benefit Eastern Brook Trout in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine; improved pollinator habitat in rights-of-way in New Hampshire and Massachusetts; restored and managed young forest to achieve multi-species benefits in New Hampshire and Maine; and restored and created new habitat for New England Cottontail and priority bird species in New Hampshire.

"This initiative is just a small piece of Eversource's company-wide commitment to environmental sustainability," Quinlan said. "We strive to be a leader in energy efficiency and are also looking toward the future as we invest in grid modernization to utilize electric vehicles, energy storage, and other emerging technologies. The company is promoting conservation through the Eversource Land Trust and our use of industry best-practices in our vegetation management program. Sustainability and environmental stewardship are important elements of Eversource's future vision, and working with groups like National Fish and Wildlife gets us closer to achieving our goals."

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns and is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire.  Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely 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).

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

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com

For more information:

Organization:
Eversource Energy

Address:
107 Selden St
Berlin, Connecticut
United States, 06037
www.eversource.com


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