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Grid’s ‘power of action’

To honor National Grid employees who serve in the armed forces, National Grid employee and Iraq War Veteran Panaupio Louis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium when the New York Mets played against Los Angeles Dodgers.

National Grid representatives were also on hand and handed out battery-powered handheld fans for the first 25,000 fans that attended the game.

“We urge Mets fans, our customers, our employees – everyone – to join us by using the power of action to effect positive change in all that we do, in this case through our commitment to our employees, the community, and the environment” said Tom King, president of National Grid’s U.S. business. “We are extremely proud of the many National Grid employees who have used the power of action to serve our country in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. We salute their dedication and sacrifice and are delighted to honor Panaupio Louis and all of our employees who currently are members or veterans of the armed forces for their service to our country.”

Louis, a National Grid utility mechanic working on Long Island, served in Iraq as a sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard.

“The power of action.” is designed to encourage employees and customers to partner with National Grid and take action to make a difference in issues that affect us all including climate change, energy solutions, customer satisfaction, safety, inclusion and diversity and community commitment. A new National Grid sign carrying “The power of action.” message hangs in left field of Shea Stadium.

One way to take action is to visit Floe, a virtual polar bear on National Grid’s Web site. Floe can help National Grid customers analyze and measure the environmental effects of their routine daily activities, including eating, drinking, driving and making home heating energy choices. Visitors can interact with Floe or befriend another virtual polar bear and learn how positive environmental acts will help protect the environment. Customers also can find links on the Floe site to other sections of National Grid’s website where they can take action to help the environment by enrolling in energy efficiency programs and converting to natural gas. Floe can be found at www.nationalgrid.com/floe.

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