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NYSEG and RG&E Continuing Stray Voltage Testing Program to Help Ensure Public Safety

Rochester, NY – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, are beginning a new round of stray voltage testing that will continue through the year. This testing is required by the New York State Public Service Commission.

“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority every day,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Since 2005, stray voltage testing has been a regular practice to help us ensure public safety.”

Lynch said that the few stray voltage conditions that are found are addressed immediately.

This year’s round of testing has begun in NYSEG’s Brewster, Lockport, Oneonta and Liberty divisions and RG&E’s Lakeshore division. Metal streetlight poles will be tested when streetlights are on; all other testing will be done during daylight hours. 

The testing, across 20,000 square miles of NYSEG and RG&E service area, involves hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment from transmission, distribution, streetlight poles and traffic signals to substation fences, pad-mounted transformers and manhole covers.

Stray voltage is an electric current in the earth, or in ground water, resulting from the grounding of electrical equipment or an electrical distribution system.