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NYSEG ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE ENERGY DURING POTENTIALLY RECORD-BREAKING
HOT, HUMID WEATHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Elmira, NY, June 5, 2008 – With a string of oppressively hot, humid days in the forecast and a major transformer in the Elmira area out of service, NYSEG is encouraging customers in the Elmira and Corning areas to conserve energy through early next week.

“As we indicated in a May 20 news release, we are continuing to take all feasible steps to lessen potential problems that could result from the loss of the bulk-power transformer and the additional stress it will put on our electricity delivery system,” said Keith Lorenzetti, NYSEG’s director - regional operations. “With 90-degree-plus temperatures and extreme humidity on the way, the demand for electricity will be very high. Anything customers can do to conserve electricity and help lessen the stress on the electricity delivery system over the next few days will be a big help.”

NYSEG customers can conserve electricity and save money by:

  • Using fans instead of air conditioners where possible.
  • Setting air conditioner thermostats at 78 degrees or above.
  • Closing shades and blinds to keep rooms cooler.
  • Limiting use of electric water heaters, stoves, dishwashers, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers and pool equipment.
  • Turning off unneeded lights and electric appliances.

“We appreciate our customers’ cooperation and understanding as we continue to work through this temporary situation,”
Lorenzetti said.