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NYSEG Asks Natural Gas Customers  in Broome and Parts of Tioga and Delaware Counties to Reduce Use While Interstate Pipeline Leak Is Repaired

Binghamton, NY – A leak in the primary interstate pipeline that provides natural gas to the Southern Tier has prompted NYSEG to ask its customers in Broome and parts of Tioga and Delaware counties to reduce their natural gas use from Saturday through Monday.

Millennium Pipeline, a New York-based interstate natural gas pipeline serving the Northeast, will shut down a section of its supply line from Owego to Johnson City beginning on Saturday morning to repair the leak north of Owego. Millennium has informed NYSEG that, barring unforeseen circumstances, it expects to complete repairs to the pipeline by Tuesday.    

To help offset the loss of natural gas supply to the area, NYSEG has already:

• Reduced use at its own facilities.
• Informed certain large businesses that pay a lower interruptible rate for natural gas that their supply will be interrupted while the pipeline is repaired.
• Informed businesses with alternate fuels to begin using those alternate fuels.
• To the extent possible, reconfigured its local natural gas system to lessen the amount of natural gas being taken from the Millennium pipeline.

NYSEG offers customers the following tips to reduce natural gas use:

• Set thermostats no higher than 70° and at 58° when you’re away from home for more than a few hours or in bed for the night. (This may not be advisable if you have frail, ill or elderly people or infants in your home.)

• Run clothes washers and dishwashers only when they are full, and postpone washing clothes, if possible.

• Consider hanging clothes to dry instead of using natural gas dryers.

• Keep drapes, curtains and blinds closed to conserve heat.

The steps NYSEG has taken, as well as other measures Millennium has implemented to reduce demand, and the cooperation of NYSEG residential and commercial customers in reducing use should enable NYSEG to maintain natural gas service. In the unlikely event that the situation escalates as a result of the Millennium Pipeline leak or other major system problems, NYSEG would be forced to curtail service to at least some residential and commercial customers in the affected areas.

Affected communities in Broome County include the City of Binghamton; the villages of Endicott, Johnson City, Port Dickinson and Deposit; and the towns of Union, Vestal, Maine, Chenango, Fenton, Conklin, Kirkwood, Colesville and Sanford.

Affected communities in Tioga County include Apalachin and Tioga Terrace in the Town of Owego.

Affected communities in Delaware County include the villages of Deposit and Walton and the towns of Deposit, Walton and Tompkins.

As always, to report natural gas emergencies and suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121.

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About NYSEG: NYSEG is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. Providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG is a valuable asset to the communities we serve. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.

About Millennium Pipeline: Millennium Pipeline is a New York-based interstate natural gas pipeline serving the Northeast. Millennium is anchored by its customers National Grid, Consolidated Edison of New York, Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and Columbia Gas Transmission L.L.C. Millennium's design will allow it to transport up to 525,400 dekatherms per day, based on market needs. Millennium is jointly owned by affiliates of NiSource Inc., National Grid and DTE Energy.