NU’s transmission segment earned $249.7 million for the full year of 2012 and $68.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with earnings of $199.6 million for the full year of 2011 and $71.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The earnings improvement for the full year primarily represents continued investment in NU’s transmission system, including the $718 million Greater Springfield Reliability Project (GSRP), as well as the addition of NSTAR Electric Company transmission results as of April 2012. Lower fourth quarter results primarily reflect a higher effective tax rate in 2012 than in 2011.
Electric Distribution and Generation
NU’s electric distribution and generation segment earned $343.4 million for the full year of 2012, excluding merger and related settlement costs, compared with $207 million for the full year of 2011, excluding a $17.9 million after-tax storm fund reserve at The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P). In the fourth quarter of 2012, the electric distribution and generation segment earned $80.3 million, compared with earnings of $54.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2011 results exclude the aforementioned CL&P storm reserve.The distribution and generation segment results benefited in the fourth quarter and full-year 2012 from the addition of NSTAR Electric distribution results, effective in April 2012. Earnings of Electric Utility Subsidiaries (net of preferred dividends) CL&P earned $242.6 million for the full year of 2012, excluding $38.4 million of after-tax merger and related settlement costs, and $72.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. It earned $262.5 million for the full year of 2011 and $83.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, excluding the $17.9 million storm fund reserve. Lower results reflect a higher effective tax rate and higher pension, tree trimming and system maintenance costs, partially offset by a higher transmission rate base.
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