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NYSEG and RG&E Help Nearly 5,000 Small Businesses Save 32 Million Kilowatt-hours of Electricity
Rochester, NY (August 4, 2011) – Since May 2010, nearly 5,000 small businesses have reduced their electricity use by more than 32 million kilowatt-hours through NYSEG and RG&E’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. Under the program, businesses with demand of less than 100 kilowatts are eligible to 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.

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 approved energy 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, 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.