WIND ENERGY PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO GAIN IN POPULARITY AT NYSEG AND RG&E
Rochester, NY, April 22, 2010
– NYSEG and RG&E customers bought nearly 92 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of wind-generated electricity from New York in 2009, enough to power more than 12,000 typical homes for an entire year.
At NYSEG, 2009 sales of wind energy were 52.8 million kwh, a 2.2% increase over 2008 sales; at RG&E, 2009 sales were 39.1 million kwh, a 2.6% increase over 2008 sales.
“The numbers tell the story: our customers are clearly enthusiastic about wind energy,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase wind energy, particularly because it is a natural fit with our strong commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Purchases of wind energy by NYSEG and RG&E customers directly benefit the environment because they help offset the need for electricity from fossil-fueled generation right here in New York. Projected environmental benefits based on 2009 sales of wind energy at NYSEG and RG&E include a reduction of more than 92 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the equivalent of
92.5 million miles not driven in a vehicle or planting more than 36,000 acres of carbon dioxide-absorbing trees. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.
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 “Wind Energy.” RG&E customers can learn more at rge.com.
NYSEG’s wind energy program began in August 2002; RG&E’s program began in April 2004. The programs are offered in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a leading developer and marketer of renewable energy.