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HIGH-TECH HELICOPTER PATROLS TO HELP NYSEG ENSURE RELIABILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Rochester, NY, October 2, 2009 – Beginning Monday, October 5, weather permitting, NYSEG will be using a helicopter with high-tech imaging equipment on board to check vegetation growth in the rights of way for high-voltage transmission lines in Niagara, Erie, Allegany, Wyoming, Livingston, Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware and Sullivan counties. 

The company will also be inspecting rights of way for high-voltage lines that run from Homer City, Pennsylvania to the Lancaster and Elmira areas. The work will take from one to two weeks depending on the weather.

“We will be conducting this inspection to help ensure safe, reliable delivery of electricity to our customers,” said Walt Matyjas, a director - regional operations at NYSEG. “These high-voltage power lines are the backbone of our electricity delivery system and our goal is to spot potential problems and correct them before they inconvenience our customers.”

Matyjas said using helicopters makes inspecting the rights of way quick and efficient, and the helicopters provide an excellent vantage point.

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.