NYSEG AND RG&E WIND ENERGY PROGRAMS GET NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Rochester, NY, April 17, 2009 –
With more than 22,000 customers who have purchased wind-generated electricity, NYSEG and RG&E together are 7th in the nation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ranking of participation in “green” power programs.
“We are delighted with this recognition of the success of our wind energy programs, and we continue to be encouraged by our customers’ enthusiastic support of this ‘green’ opportunity,” said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Offering our customers the option to purchase wind-generated energy is a natural fit with our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
In 2008, NYSEG customers who participate in the program used nearly 53 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of wind-generated electricity while RG&E participants used nearly 37 million kwh of wind-generated electricity.
Purchases of wind energy by NYSEG and RG&E customers directly benefit the environment because they offset the need for electricity from fossil-fueled generation. The environmental benefits of wind energy purchases by NYSEG and RG&E customers in 2008 reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions equivalent to planting more than 32,000 acres of trees or not driving more than 82,000,000 miles. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.
NYSEG began offering customers the opportunity to purchase wind energy in August 2002 while RG&E started its program in August 2004. NYSEG customers can learn more about the company’s wind energy program at nyseg.com – click on the “Your Home” or “Your Business” tab and then click on “NewWind Energy;” RG&E customers can learn more at rge.com.
NREL, funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, analyzes green power market trends. Each year, NREL ranks the top 10 utility green power programs by total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, customer participation rate, green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales, and the lowest price premium charged for a green power program using new renewable resources.
About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation, 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.