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HELICOPTER PATROLS TO HELP NYSEG ENSURE RELIABILITY

Binghamton, NY, May 6, 2008 – Beginning Thursday, May 8 and continuing through the month, NYSEG will be inspecting transmission lines and structures across parts of Broome, Tioga, Cortland, Chemung, Tompkins, Otsego, Chenango, Schuyler and Steuben counties from a low-flying helicopter.

 NYSEG will also be inspecting three transmission lines that run from New York into Pennsylvania. Those lines are from Johnson City to Susquehanna County, from Waverly to Bradford County and from Elmira to Bradford County.
“As part of our summer readiness program, we will be conducting a routine inspection of our high-voltage power lines to help ensure safe, reliable delivery of electricity to our customers during the high-demand months,” said Keith Lorenzetti, NYSEG’s director - regional operations in Binghamton.


 “High-voltage power lines are the backbone of our electricity delivery system,” Lorenzetti said. “Our goal is to spot potential problems using high-tech thermal imaging equipment and high resolution digital photography and to correct those potential problems before they inconvenience our customers.”

Lorenzetti said using helicopters makes inspecting high-voltage power lines quick and efficient, and the helicopters provide an excellent vantage point.

In the event of inclement weather, the helicopter patrols may continue into early June.

About NYSEG: NYSEG is a Rochester-based subsidiary of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. We serve 872,000 electricity customers and 256,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, we will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve. For more information about NYSEG, visit nyseg.com.