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32 NYSEG LINE CREWS EN ROUTE TO OHIO TO ASSIST FIRST ENERGY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, September 19, 2008 – Thirty-two NYSEG line crews from Lancaster (10 crews), Hornell (5), Binghamton (6), Elmira (6) and Ithaca (5) as well as support personnel for the crews are headed for Salem, Ohio to assist First Energy restore power following extensive damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Some areas in Ohio registered wind gusts of up to 80 mph and received 10 to 15 inches of rain. The resulting damage to First Energy’s electricity delivery system was characterized by some as the worst ever.

The NYSEG crews are expected to work in Ohio through Monday before returning home.

“We are always willing to assist other utilities in the region, just as they are willing to assist us, but our first consideration is providing reliable service to our own customers,” said Mike Conroy, vice president - operations at NYSEG and RG&E. “Given the favorable weather forecast for the NYSEG service area over the next few days, we felt comfortable in helping out First Energy and its customers.”

 

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