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NYSEG and RG&E Help 2,500 Small Businesses Save 19 Million Kilowatt-hours of Electricity

Rochester, NY – (April 29, 2011) Since May 2010, more than 2,500 small businesses reduced their electricity use by 19 million kilowatt-hours through NYSEG and RG&E’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. Under the program, eligible businesses receive free energy assessments performed by EnerPath, the program implementation contractor, and NYSEG or RG&E then cover 70% of the cost of installing recommended energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

The program for businesses and municipal customers in upstate New York with demand of less than 100 kilowatts was rolled out in Clinton, Saratoga and Steuben counties in March. The program started this month in Allegany and Wyoming counties, followed by Greene and Rensselaer counties in June. NYSEG and RG&E will make the program available to customers in additional counties until the end of August 2011. A detailed launch schedule for the program is available for NYSEG at http://bit.ly/gNJmwP and for RG&E at http://bit.ly/hJsIiZ.  

Qualifying lighting upgrades include replacing existing fluorescent fixtures with higher efficiency lamps and ballasts, changing incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diode (LED) lamps and upgrading exit signs to light emitting diode (LED) technology.

Get More Information or Enroll
• NYSEG Customers: Program information and eligibility guidelines are available at http://bit.ly/c4YdyK, www.nyseg.com (click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”) or call the NYSEG/RG&E energy efficiency hotline at 1.800.995.9525.
• RG&E Customers: Program information and eligibility guidelines are available at http://bit.ly/hRHY87, www.rge.com (click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”) or call the NYSEG/RG&E energy efficiency hotline at 1.800.995.9525.

• To sign up for a free energy assessment, eligible businesses should call 1.877.359.9814.

The New York State Public Service Commission issued an order approving efficiency programs for commercial and industrial utility customers in November 2009. The program is funded by the System Benefits Charge on electricity customers’ bills.

EnerPath, NYSEG and RG&E’s contractor for the program, with a local office in Rochester, hires and trains local workers to conduct the energy assessments and selects and supervises licensed New York State contractors to complete the lighting upgrades.

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About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 878,000 electricity customers and 261,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 367,000 electricity customers and 303,000 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