Millennium Pipeline Names Industry Veterans to Lead Company

PEARL RIVER, N.Y., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. today announced two leadership changes to further position the company’s focus on safety, operational excellence and customer service.

Rocco D’Alessandro has been named President of the company and Stanley Brownell has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations effective May 29, 2012.

D’Alessandro has worked in the energy industry for more than 30 years and is a seasoned veteran in the natural gas business. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, serving 2.2 million customers. In that capacity, he was accountable for delivering safe, reliable and cost-effective service to customers, including customer care, gas distribution, field operations, administration, engineering, gas supply and transmission and storage.

Brownell has more than 25 years of experience in the natural gas industry and served as Vice President of Business Development at Millennium for the past three years. Prior to joining Millennium, he was Head of Market Development and Trading for Harken Energy. At Harken Energy, he was responsible for market development of standard and renewable energy projects, hedging strategies and the creation of Harken Energy Management and Investments (Hemi), a wholly owned trading subsidiary. Prior to joining Harken Energy, Brownell held executive and managerial positions with energy companies participating in the upstream exploration, production, transportation and marketing of natural gas.

“Rocco’s experience with safety, operational excellence and customer service, coupled with Stan’s market development and marketing experience make them great fits for Millennium Pipeline,” said Millennium Chairman Joseph P. Shields. “We look to their leadership as we continue to position our system to meet the needs of a changing market and deliver natural gas safely and reliably across the Northeast.”

D’Alessandro holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Illinois Benedictine College. He will be relocating to the New York area with his wife Margie.

Brownell holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. In addition, he holds a Series 3 Commodity Trading License and a Certificate of Civil Mediation from the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.

Millennium Pipeline is a New York based interstate natural gas pipeline serving the Northeast. Millennium is anchored by its customers National Grid, Consolidated Edison of New York, Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and Columbia Gas Transmission L.L.C. It is jointly owned by affiliates of NiSource Inc., National Grid and DTE Energy.

About NiSource, National Grid and DTE Energy:

NiSource Inc.

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, based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at .

National Grid

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is an international energy delivery company. In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. Information about National Grid is available at .

DTE Energy

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is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units are Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas pipelines and storage, coal transportation, unconventional gas production and power and industrial projects. Information about DTE Energy is available at .

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations discussed herein include, among others things, risks associated with contract termination rights, increased competition in deregulated energy markets, weather, fluctuations in supply and demand for energy commodities, growth opportunities, dealings with third parties over whom Millennium has no control, actual operating experience, the regulatory process, regulatory and legislative changes, changes in general economic, capital and commodity market conditions, and counter-party credit risk, many of which are beyond the control of Millennium. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Millennium does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release.

SOURCE Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

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