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NYSEG Reviewing Possible Alternatives to Necessary Upgrades at Its Java Substation

Lancaster, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), has notified two developers that their proposed alternatives to traditional energy grid upgrades in Wyoming County in Western New York will now undergo further technical review. The short list of project proposals follows an initial review of options presented by 11 developers.

“We’re testing innovative ways to ensure safe, reliable service to our customers and save them money by deferring the significant cost of upgrading our energy grid,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “This yet another example of what we are doing to create a next generation energy company.”

NYSEG has identified a growing need to upgrade its system in the communities served by its substation in the Town of Java. Earlier this year, NYSEG  invited developers to propose alternatives to customary system improvements, including distributed generation, demand response or energy efficiency programs, energy storage, or other resources to ensure continued reliable service to the 1,600-plus residential and small commercial customers served by the Java Substation

“We are pleased with the quality of responses to our request for proposals, and we are eager to work with qualified and experienced developers who can deliver results,” Lynch said. “This is one of many innovations we are introducing to enhance our service to customers and support the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative”

NYSEG will review the remaining proposals in the coming months to determine whether they can meet the company’s electrical needs cost effectively.  If either of the proposals meets the requirements, NYSEG will work to bring the project on line.