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NYSEG PLANS PUBLIC UPDATE SESSION ON ITHACA TRANSMISSION PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, May 22, 2008 – NYSEG will hold a public information session on the status of its Ithaca Transmission Project on Thursday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Neptune Hose Company on Route 13 in Dryden.


 “This project will reinforce our Ithaca-area electricity delivery system and will eliminate the existing dependence on local generation to ensure reliable service,” said Keith Lorenzetti, NYSEG’s director - regional operations. “By building new facilities and upgrading existing ones, we can continue to provide the reliable electricity service that our customers expect and deserve.”

Through early summer, URS Corporation, a NYSEG contractor, is gathering the information needed to develop the detailed construction plans for this project that was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on January 16, 2008.
 

The URS work on NYSEG rights of way includes engineering and environmental studies by specialists in engineering, forestry, agriculture, land use, wildlife biology and archeology. These specialists will determine the location of transmission structures and work areas, and recommend measures to minimize environmental impacts during construction.

After these studies are complete, NYSEG will prepare an Environmental Management and Construction Plan that will be submitted to the PSC by July 15, 2008.
 

The Ithaca Transmission Project includes the construction of a 345-kilovolt (kv) to 115-kv substation near the site of an existing NYSEG switching station in the Town of Lapeer in Cortland County; the construction of a new 15-mile, 115-kv electric transmission line from NYSEG’s existing Etna Substation in the Town of Dryden in Tompkins County to the new Lapeer substation; and rebuilding NYSEG’s existing 115-kv line between the Etna Substation and the new Lapeer Substation. The project also includes modifications to NYSEG’s Etna Substation to accommodate the connection of the new 115-kv line. 
 

Project-related activities such as surveying, design and acquisition of rights of way are planned for this year; substation work is expected to begin later this year; and construction of the remainder of the project is scheduled to begin in 2009. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2010.

 

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.