NYSEG and RG&E Ready to Meet Summer Power Needs
Rochester, NY – After a very warm spring and last week’s preview of what may be a sizzling summer, NYSEG and RG&E are ready to deliver the power customers need and don’t anticipate any problems when another round of hot, humid weather hits.
“While providing safe, reliable service to our customers is a top priority all year long; we work harder before the high-demand summer months to ensure our systems are in good working order and ready to meet summer power needs,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.
To get ready for higher summer electricity demand, NYSEG and RG&E accelerate reliability practices including:
• Vegetation management. (Trees coming into contact with power lines are a leading cause of power interruptions.)
• Ongoing comprehensive maintenance.
• Visual and infrared inspections of equipment.
• Helicopter patrols of key facilities.
• As warranted, high-tech inspection and testing of substation equipment.
Records for Electricity Demand
“Load” is the total electricity demand by all customers at a point in time, and it is a good real-time indicator of how much electricity is being consumed. Peak loads are usually driven by weather and economic conditions. Below are NYSEG’s and RG&E’s summer 2011 peak loads and all-time record peak loads. (Note: A megawatt serves approximately 800 to 1,000 homes.)
> NYSEG’s summer 2011 peak load 3,346 megawatts (mw) on July 21
(This is also NYSEG’s all-time record peak load.)
> RG&E’s summer 2011 peak load 1,752 mw on July 21
(This is also RG&E’s all-time record peak load.)
How to Use Energy Wisely This Summer
NYSEG and RG&E always encourage customers to use energy wisely – here are some tips for the summer months:
• Keep curtains or blinds closed on hot, sunny days.
• Close windows and doors during the hottest parts of the day to keep heat out.
• Use fans instead of air conditioners.
• When you do use air conditioners, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher.
• Turn off air conditioners when you leave home.
• Turn off unused lights, TVs, computers and other electronic equipment.
• When weather permits, dry laundry outside instead of using a clothes dryer.
For more information on using energy wisely, visit http://bit.ly/mgr9kv or http://bit.ly/jFBsc7.
Be Prepared for Power Interruptions
Summer also means the likelihood of occasional strong thunderstorms that can cause lightning-quick damage to electricity delivery systems. NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to always be prepared for power interruptions. More information is available in the companies’ Weathering Storm Emergencies information sheet that is available at http://bit.ly/Kc53Jk and http://bit.ly/L9K58B.