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The Luminary Spring_Final

The Luminary Spring_Final

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Published by: Ed Crowder on Jan 24, 2012
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Marcus McCraven
, a nuclear pioneer and UI’s former vice presidentfor environmental engineering, was recently the subject of an Emmy-nominated television documentary.“No Barriers Too High” explores McCraven’s experience as a memberof the team that built the hydrogen bomb in the wake of World WarII. Through archival footage and contemporary interviews, the filmdocuments McCraven’s career, during which he struggled with andtriumphed over racial discrimination as the project’s only African American engineer.McCraven, 87, of Hamden, later settled with his wife, Marguerite,and his family in the New Haven area. He worked at UI from 1969 to1989 and remained involved in national energy issues, serving on theScience Advisory Executive Committee for the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, and the Edison Electric Institute.Locally, McCraven is recognized as a community leader. He is amember of Quinnipiac University’s Board of Trustees, and has servedas president of the Peabody Museum and as chairman of the SouthCentral Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, among other organizations.The 25-minute documentary, produced by Tim Malloy of QuinnipiacUniversity, aired on WTNH affiliate MyTV9 on Feb. 5. It was recently nominated for the 34th annual Boston/New England Emmy Awardsunder the category Historical/Cultural Program/Special. The awards were scheduled for May 14 in Quincy, Mass.McCraven told
The Luminary 
he was surprised beyond his “wildestexpectations” when he learned that “No Barriers Too High” had beennominated for an Emmy.“Tim Malloy, obviously, is a very excellent producer,” he said. “I gavehim a story, but he put this whole thing together.”
TV Documentary Explores UIRetiree’s Pioneering Energy Career
UIL Corporate CommunicationsMail Stop 1-14EP.O. Box 1564New Haven, CT 06506-0901
Is there a UI retiree you’d like to see featured in The Luminary?Let us know! Be sure to include the retiree’s name and contact information, and write a few lines about why you think that person should be in The Luminary. Contact corporate.communications@uinet.com, or write to UIL Corporate Communications, Mail Stop1-14E, P.O. Box 1564, New Haven, CT 06506-0901.
UI Sustainability Report OutlinesEnvironmental,Social and EconomicCommitments
See full story inside on page 4.
Dear Retirees,2011 is shaping up to be amomentous year for UILHoldings Corporation. Changeis sweeping across every cornerof the corporation — not only at UI, but also the three naturalgas distribution companies we welcomed to the UILfamily last year: Berkshire GasCompany, Connecticut NaturalGas Corporation and SouthernConnecticut Gas Company. We are now deeply involved in theprocess of integrating those companiesunder the UIL banner, and wehave organized the top level of ourorganization to reflect this.
JamesP. Torgerson
remains president andchief executive officer of UIL Holdings,now the parent of all four operating companies.
 Anthony J. Vallillo
is now executive vice president and chief operating officer at UIL Holdings,overseeing gas and electric operations.Step by step, we are coming closer toour goal of operating as one company. We are scrutinizing all areas of allof our operations to find ways wecan work together effectively andefficiently. We expect to complete theimplementation of these integrationinitiatives this year.In the midst of this we have beenhard at work providing our customers with premier quality utility servicesand creating value for all of ourstakeholders.
UIL reported strong financialperformance for 2010. Consolidatednet income, excluding acquisitionand transition-related activities,increased by 13 percent, compared tothe previous year. We closed on theacquisition of three gas companies within six months of announcement,launched a new and innovativetransmission venture, and GenConnEnergy’s Devon plant was completedand became operational in 2010.
UIL reported solid earnings in thefirst quarter of 2011. Consolidated netincome was $52.0 million, compared with net income of $16.1 millionin the same period in 2010. Theseresults included $37.4 million fromthe recently acquired gas companiesand the impacts from the acquisition.The first quarter 2011 was the firstfull quarter of earnings from thegas businesses, GenConn Energy’sDevon plant was fully operationaland there were higher earnings fromtransmission due to a higher rate base.
 Work continues on UI’s futureCentral Facility in Orange, Conn.Despite the harsh winter, construction work is on schedule for completing the office building in March 2012 andthe operations center the following June. Move planning for employees isalready under way, and the completedbuildings are expected to meet a highstandard for environmental design.UI is consolidating its seven existing  work locations to gain efficiencies andreduce long-term costs.
 We are also continuing in last year’s successful effort to reach outto customers through community meetings. This year, in addition tomeetings in UI’s service territory, we are also holding meetings forcustomers of the three UIL gascompanies — Berkshire, CNG andSCG — to engage them about theutility services our companiesprovide. We’re very excited about 2011, as webegin to reap the rewards from theopportunities we created in 2010. Wehave great confidence in the skills andtalents of the people who will bring this vision about: the diverse anddedicated employees at UIL and itsgas and electric operating companies, working together with common valuesand a deep commitment to safety andcustomer service. Together, we willmake 2011 a truly great year!
James P. Torgerson
UIL President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer
 Anthony J. Vallillo
UIL Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
 A Letter from Executive Leadership
 James P. TorgersonAnthony J. Vallillo
Son of UI EmployeeRepresents U.S. Air Force atSuper Bowl XL
 Airman First Class
David Valine
, Color Guardsman for the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, was selected to represent the Air Forceduring the presentation of colors at the opening ceremony during the 2011 Super Bowl on Feb. 6, 2011.David, third from right in the photo, is the son of UI’s AccountManager
Rick Valine
Employee Feature:
Victor Spigarolo
 Victor Spigarolo
hadbeen on the marketfor a steady job morethan two years whenhe saw the ad for theveterans’ job fair inBridgeport.“In my mind, I said,‘Oh no. Not anotherone of these,’” herecalled, reflecting on his frustrationas a job-seeker over60 years old. “Butmy inner voice wastelling me, ‘You’dbetter go.’”He listened, and wasglad he did. After speaking with RonRobert of Human Resources, he landeda new job as a ground level inspector.The job broke a decades-long spellduring which Victor held — and lost— a string of jobs at companies thatmoved out of town or went bankrupt.That was six years ago. Currently, Victor works in UI’s new facility onOld Gate Lane in Milford, performing inventory control for the distribution of UI’s new advanced meters, known as
.“I make sure we know where they’regoing and where they came from, andmake sure everything follows the papertrail,” he said. Victor, 68, grew up in Shelton andnow lives in his grandparents’ formerhome in Trumbull. He was draftedinto the U.S. Army in 1964 and servedin Germany for two years during the Vietnam War. He and his late wife havethree grown children.He has strong community ties. Overthe years, he has held leadershiproles in the Shelton and Trumbull firedepartments, and wasone of the first emergency medical technicians in thestate. He currently servesas president of the SheltonLafayette Field Football Association. Victor said footballis among his favoritediversions, along withhunting and fishing. Hehimself played in highschool and in the Army. After coming to UI, Victorinitially was assigned tometer testing at East Shorein New Haven. But he waslater reassigned to OldGate Lane, the staging point for UI’sambitious effort to upgrade its meterinfrastructure.“I think the biggest factor at thiscompany is that they’re open. They communicate, they tell you what thebig plan is, and then they ask for yourinput. You know where you’re going, you know where you’re heading and you know how you’re going to getthere,” he said.

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