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NYSEG and RG&E Catch the Wind Programs Continue to Garner Customer Support
Sales of Wind Energy in 2010 Were Enough to Power 7,300 Homes for a Year

Rochester, NYIn 2010, NYSEG and RG&E customers bought nearly 79 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of clean, renewable electricity – enough to power more than 7,300 typical homes for a year – through the companies’ Catch the Wind program. Ninety percent of the renewable energy purchased by NYSEG and RG&E in 2010 was generated in New York.

At NYSEG, 2010 sales of Catch the Wind renewable energy were 52.9 million kwh and at RG&E 2010 sales were 25.9 million kwh. At the close of 2010, 16,426 NYSEG customers and 5,778 RG&E customers were enrolled in the program. 

“Our customers remain 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 clean, renewable wind energy, particularly because it is a natural fit with our commitment to environmental stewardship. Although numbers are down slightly from last year, we are encouraged that customer participation is now increasing.” 

Purchasing wind energy directly benefits the environment by reducing the need for fossil-fuel generation right here in New York. The estimated environmental benefits of the 2010 sales of wind energy at NYSEG and RG&E include the reduction of 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the equivalent of removing more than 5,500 passenger vehicles from the road or the carbon sequestered by more than 6,100 acres of trees. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.

The NYSEG and RG&E Catch the Wind program was the 10th most popular in the nation in 2009 in terms of total participants, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). National rankings for 2010 will be released by NREL later this year.

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. 

NYSEG customers can learn more about the company’s Catch the Wind program at http://bit.ly/fNgbXy . RG&E customers can learn more at http://bit.ly/hHndTN

DOWNLOAD high-res photos of wind generation equipment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgande/ 

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About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com, www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.

About Community Energy: Community Energy has been leading renewable energy development for more than a decade. By launching the market for direct sales of renewable energy to retail electric customers, Community Energy first leveraged consumer choice to build demand for early new renewable projects, and went on to develop and deliver wind energy at record scale. CEI is now developing utility-scale solar generation. CEI leads the renewable energy industry by delivering the full economic and environmental advantages of solar and wind energy directly to its customers and utility partners. For more information about Community Energy, visit www.communityenergyinc.com.