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Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Partners with RISE Engineering to Deliver Home Energy Services Program to Its Residential Customers

CRANSTON, R.I., and WESTBOROUGH, Mass., April 14, 2014  Starting June 1, 2014, residential customers of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (“Columbia Gas”) will access energy efficiency services from RISE Engineering, a division of Thielsch Engineering, Inc. Over the next two years, Columbia Gas will sponsor over 13,000 home energy assessments through the Mass Save® Home Energy Services Program.

The Home Energy Services program offers residential customers a no-cost home energy assessment, as well as incentives covering up to 75% or more of the cost of comprehensive weatherization and other efficiency upgrades. On behalf of Columbia Gas, RISE will provide home assessments and will arrange for the installation of recommended improvements for eligible customers.

“Our goal is providing a high-quality home energy assessment to every customer and offering customer rebates and financial incentives to make the installation of energy efficiency measures affordable,” said Elizabeth Cellucci, Director of Energy Efficiency for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

“We have been privileged to work in close concert with Columbia Gas to deliver small business and multifamily services,” said Vincent R. Graziano, president of RISE. “We are excited by this opportunity to assist the company in serving its customers in 1-4 family homes.”

To obtain a no-cost home energy audit, call 1-800-232-0120. RISE energy efficiency professionals visit customer homes only with a scheduled appointment and will always carry RISE employee identification.

About RISE Engineering, a division of Thielsch Engineering, Inc.

Founded in 1977 to provide “one-stop” energy efficiency solutions, RISE Engineering works with program sponsors and directly with energy end-users to offer comprehensive efficiency services to owners and tenants of all types of existing buildings. Operating from its main office in Cranston, RI and field offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, its staff of 230 employees will serve over 50,000 residential, multifamily, business, and institutional energy users in 2014. The firm has played a major role for several program sponsors and entities that have attained national awards and recognition for energy efficiency program delivery.

About Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts delivers clean, efficient natural gas to more than 300,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Massachusetts, the greater Springfield area and the Merrimack Valley. Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, the company is the largest gas-only provider in the state. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NiSource Inc. based in Merrillville, Ind., which is a Fortune 500 holding company whose core operating companies engage in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.7 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. For more information on Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, visit www.ColumbiaGasMA.com.

Contact:

Vincent Graziano
President, RISE Engineering
A division of Thielsch Engineering, Inc.
1341 Elmwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Office:  (401) 784‐3700 ext. 6115
Mobile: (401)524‐2517

Sheila Doiron
Director of Communications and Community Relations
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
4 Technology Drive, Suite 250
Westborough, MA 01581
Office: (508) 836-7358