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NYSEG and Taitem Engineering Collaborating on Clean Energy Demonstration Project

Ithaca, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), and Taitem Engineering of Ithaca are collaborating to develop details for a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration project that will explore how the involvement and support of NYSEG can help communities meet their energy goals.

The project, based in Tompkins County, seeks to leverage the value of NYSEG’s involvement in the planning and promotion of distributed energy resources such as solar installations as well as energy efficiency projects.

AVANGRID, through its New York utilities NYSEG and RG&E, is a strong supporter of New York State’s REV initiative. This project is one of several NYSEG REV demonstration projects in the development or implementation phase.

One area of focus for this project is to use NYSEG’s communications channels to help customers understand their options for clean energy resources, such as solar installations, and to then connect interested customers with service providers. A possible outcome is for NYSEG to promote standardized solar packages with the intent of lowering the cost and complexity of installation for homeowners. Helping to develop community solar arrays is another possibility to service the needs of renters, low and moderate income families, and others.

“This project is all about creating value for our customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We want to make sure that customers who might not be aware of their clean energy options are fully aware of the benefits. We also think that we can help reduce the overall cost of projects and increase customer adoption. This creates a win for customers, a win for distributed generation companies, such as solar installers, and a win for communities that are trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“This is a historic moment for the development of clean distributed energy resources,” said Lou Vogel, president of Taitem Engineering. “Across the U.S., solar developers and utilities often don’t see eye to eye. With this project we are seeking to identify how we can create shared value. This is a leap toward renewable energy becoming mainstream in New York, something that everyone can invest in comfortably.”

NYSEG and Taitem expect to have product offerings developed by mid-2016.