NYSEG’s and RG&E’s WIND ENERGY PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO GAIN IN POPULARITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, February 25, 2008 – More and more NYSEG and RG&E customers are choosing to purchase clean, renewable wind-generated electricity through the companies’ NewWind Energy programs offered in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a leading marketer of wind energy.
“Offering our customers the option to purchase wind-generated energy is a natural fit with our strong commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We continue to be encouraged by our customers’ enthusiastic support of this opportunity.”
As of the end of 2007, nearly 15,000 NYSEG customers have signed up to purchase wind-generated electricity through a program the company began offering in August 2002. The number of customers participating in the NYSEG program increased more than 50% from 2006 to 2007. These NYSEG customers used nearly 40 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of wind-generated electricity in 2007.
As of the end of 2007, nearly 5,000 RG&E customers have chosen to purchase wind energy through the program the company began offering in April 2004. From 2006 to 2007, the number of customers participating in the RG&E program has increased by 70%. These RG&E customers used nearly 34 million kwh of wind-generated electricity in 2007.
Purchases of wind energy by NYSEG and RG&E customers directly benefit the environment because they offset the need for electricity from fossil-fueled generation. Projected environmental benefits in 2008 will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions equivalent to planting 30,500 acres of trees or not driving more than 75,200,000 miles. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.
NYSEG customers can learn more about the company’s wind energy program at nyseg.com – click on the “Your Home” or “Your Business” tab and then click on “NewWind Energy.” RG&E customers can learn more at rge.com.
About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. NYSEG serves 871,000 electricity customers and 256,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 359,000 electricity customers and 296,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E will continue to be valuable assets to the communities they serve. For more information, visit nyseg.com and rge.com.