NYSEG and RG&E Customers Purchased More Than 71 Million Kilowatt-Hours of Wind Energy in 2012
– In 2012, customers of NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, bought 71.2 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of clean, renewable electricity – enough to power nearly 6,300 typical homes for a year – through the companies’ Catch the Wind program. All of the wind energy purchased by NYSEG and RG&E on behalf of their customers in 2012 was generated in New York. Wind energy sales were down less than 4% from 74 million kwh in 2011.
At NYSEG, 2012 sales of Catch the Wind renewable energy were approximately 52.2 million kwh and at RG&E 2012 sales were approximately 19 million kwh. At the close of 2012, more than 15,000 NYSEG customers and nearly 5,700 RG&E customers were enrolled in the program.
“Offering our customers the opportunity to purchase clean, renewable wind energy is a natural fit with our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are pleased that after nearly a decade of making wind energy available, our customers continue to support the program.”
Purchasing wind energy directly benefits the environment by reducing the need for fossil-fuel generation right here in New York. The estimated environmental benefits of the 2012 sales of wind energy at NYSEG and RG&E include the reduction of approximately 96 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the equivalent of removing approximately 9,000 passenger vehicles from the road or the carbon sequestered by approximately 9,800 acres of trees. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.
NYSEG’s wind energy program began in August 2002; RG&E’s program began in April 2004. The programs are offered in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a leading developer and marketer of renewable energy.
NYSEG customers can learn more about the company’s Catch the Wind program at http://bit.ly/fNgbXy . RG&E customers can learn more at http://bit.ly/hHndTN .