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 RG&E RESIDENTIAL NATURAL GAS EQUIPMENT REBATES TO BE SUSPENDED FEBRUARY 28

Unprecedented Participation Led RG&E to Achieve Program Target Months Ahead of Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, February 5, 2010 – RG&E’s Residential Natural Gas Equipment Rebate program has met its targeted savings goal two years early due to unprecedented customer participation. As a result, the rebate program will be suspended on February 28 pending the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) review of RG&E’s request for additional funds to extend the program. The company will accept completed rebate applications postmarked by February 28, 2010.

“Based on savings targets and funding levels provided by the state, we anticipated offering rebates for more than two years,” said Mark Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of over 300 local contractors and unprecedented customer response, we exhausted our rebate funding in seven months and met the state mandated energy savings targets. No other New York utility has achieved this goal so quickly.”

The rebate program, targeting natural gas furnaces, water boilers and heaters, and related control equipment, began in July in accordance with an April 9, 2009 PSC order approving Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard efficiency programs for natural gas utilities across the state. 
 
Since the program’s inception in July, residential customers have saved 84,505 dekatherms of natural gas by installing more energy efficient natural gas equipment and related control equipment.

For additional information regarding rebate programs, customers should visit rge.com or call the RG&E rebate hotline at 1.800.995.9525.