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HELICOPTER PATROLS TO HELP NYSEG ENSURE RELIABILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lancaster, NY, July 10, 2008 - NYSEG will be conducting its annual aerial inspection of transmission lines in Erie, Wyoming, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties from a low-flying helicopter on July 16, 17 and 18, weather permitting.

"We will be conducting this routine inspection of our high-voltage power lines to help ensure safe, reliable delivery of electricity to our customers,” said Bill Ransom, NYSEG’s director - regional operations.

“High-voltage power lines are the backbone of our electricity delivery system,” Ransom said. “Our goal is to spot potential problems and correct them before they inconvenience our customers.”

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

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.

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