NYSEG AND RG&E CONTINUING TO PREPARE FOR THE STRESS SUMMER WEATHER PUTS ON ELECTRICITY DELIVERY EQUIPMENT
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Customers Encouraged to Use Energy Wisely as Temperatures Rise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, May 20, 2008 – With summer just around the corner, NYSEG and RG&E are continuing to prepare for the additional stress that heat and humidity put on the companies’ electricity delivery systems, not to mention the damage severe summer storms can cause.
“Providing safe, reliable service is a top priority all year long, but we pay particular attention to making sure our systems are in good working order ahead of the summer months,” said Mike Conroy, vice president - operations at NYSEG and RG&E.
Reliability practices that are accelerated during the spring and early summer months include:
- Tree trimming to help lessen the potential for trees to come in contact with power lines during storms.
- Comprehensive maintenance.
- Visual inspections of equipment.
- High-tech inspection and testing of equipment.
- Helicopter patrols of key facilities.
What to expect this summer
NYSEG and RG&E do not anticipate any problems delivering electricity this summer nor do the companies anticipate any problems obtaining electricity for those customers who have chosen their utility as their electricity supplier.
However, NYSEG and RG&E customers need to know that the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) – the organization responsible for ensuring the reliability of the state’s high voltage transmission system – occasionally directs utilities in the state to take steps to reduce electricity consumption in order to protect the statewide power grid. Utilities could be directed to take a number of steps to comply with such a NYISO directive. The final step would be to implement controlled, short-term power interruptions.
Utilities can also initiate these load relief steps to address local operational problems.
A special situation for summer 2008
A high-voltage transformer at an Elmira-area NYSEG substation is out of service as a result of a February ice storm, and it is
not practical to repair the transformer. This situation could put additional stress on NYSEG’s bulk-power system in the central
A new transformer has been ordered. However, because of the size and complexity of this unit, it takes approximately a year to build and deliver. Delivery of the new unit is expected in March 2009 and the new transformer should be in operation by next summer.
“In keeping with our commitment to provide safe, reliable service, we are continuing to take all feasible steps to lessen potential problems that could result from the loss of this key bulk-power transformer,” Conroy said.
Customers encouraged to use energy wisely
NYSEG and RG&E always encourage customers to use energy wisely. Here are some tips for the summer months:
Keep curtains or blinds closed on hot, sunny days.
During the hottest parts of the day, close windows and doors to keep heat out.
Consider using fans instead of air conditioners.
When you do use air conditioners, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher.
Turn off air conditioners when you leave home.
Turn off unused lights, TVs, computers and stereos.
When the weather permits, hang laundry outside to dry instead of using a clothes dryer.
For more information on wise energy use, visit nyseg.com, click on the “Usage and Safety” tab and then on “Using Energy Wisely.”
About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. NYSEG serves 872,000 electricity customers and 256,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 360,000 electricity customers and 297,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E will continue to be valuable assets to the communities they serve. For more information, visit nyseg.com and rge.com.