NYSEG and RG&E Wind Energy Programs Make National Top-10 List
– NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, together rank seventh in the nation in the number of participants in a utility wind energy program, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranking of “green” power programs.
At the close of 2012, 21,201 NYSEG and RG&E customers were purchasing clean, renewable wind energy through the Catch the Wind program – approximately 70% of the participants are NYSEG customers and approximately 30% are RG&E customers. In 2012, NYSEG participants purchased approximately 52.2 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of wind energy; RG&E participants purchased approximately 19 million kwh.
“We are extremely pleased to have earned this recognition for our wind energy programs, and we continue to be encouraged by our customers’ enthusiastic support of this ‘green’ opportunity,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Offering our customers the option to purchase wind-generated energy is a natural fit with our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
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/HfQg7C. RG&E customers can learn more at http://bit.ly/H9EM7j.