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NYSEG and RG&E Offer Customers Three ‘Green’ Programs for Earth Day

Rochester, NY – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, encourage customers to consider all three of the following environmentally-friendly energy programs as we prepare to mark Earth Day on April 22.

e-Bill Service: NYSEG and RG&E offer several free billing options that can help cut down on paper, checks and even stamps. To learn more about our e-Bill service and other options or to sign up, visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com

Energy Efficiency Program: NYSEG and RG&E offer a variety of incentives to help customers reduce their energy consumption. Incentives include rebates for energy efficient heating and HVAC equipment; a $30 rebate plus free pick-up and recycling of second refrigerators or freezers; free installation of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in up to six fixtures along with incentives up to 50% of the cost of common area lighting upgrades in multi-family buildings with between 5 and 50 dwelling units; free energy assessments for small businesses and payment of 70% of the cost of recommended lighting upgrades; and a variety of equipment rebates for commercial, industrial, and municipal customers. For more information visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com.

Catch the Wind: NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the opportunity to purchase clean, renewable wind-generated electricity. Purchasing just $7.50 worth of wind-generated electricity every month for one year reduces carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of planting 30 tree seedlings that grow for 10 years or not driving 3,000 miles in a car. The monthly charge is added to participants’ NYSEG or RG&E bills to help offset the added expense of delivering 300 kilowatt-hours of wind energy to the New York power grid. To learn more about purchasing wind-generated electricity, visit http://bit.ly/HfQg7C (NYSEG) or http://bit.ly/H9EM7j (RG&E).

NYSEG and RG&E have a long history of recycling everything from paper and toner cartridges to transformer oil and used electrical equipment. In addition, the companies have been leaders in installing energy-saving transformers that use vegetable-based cooling oil instead of petroleum oil and have replaced many gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid or partial zero-emissions vehicles.

“Our actions speak to our solid commitment to environmental stewardship, and we strongly encourage our customers to take steps to reduce their energy use to help protect the environment,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.