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NYSEG and RG&E Will Plant a Tree for Each Customer Who Signs Up for Paperless Billing in April

Rochester, NY (April 8, 2011) – NYSEG, RG&E and the Arbor Day Foundation are partnering to plant up to 10,000 trees in communities across New York. NYSEG and RG&E will make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for each customer who opts for paperless billing in April.

NYSEG and RG&E customers can sign up for the free e-Bill service at www.nyseg.com and www.rge.com. The websites will also feature the current count of how many trees are being planted as a result of customer signups. With e-Bill, customers can receive and pay their bill online (the online bill looks just like the paper bill) and view up to 13 months of billing history on the companies’ websites – saving time, stamps, checks and paper.

"As a company we are committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We strive to conduct our business and facility operations in a manner that minimizes adverse environmental impacts on present and future generations. This promotion with the Arbor Day Foundation helps us and our customers achieve that objective. What better way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.”

“With e-Bill, customers also help the environment. NYSEG and RG&E’s commitment to planting trees is an example of how corporations can make a positive impact on our environment," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees planted by the companies will help clean the air and drinking water, restore habitat for wildlife and restore New York urban and rural forests for future generations to enjoy."

For more information about trees, visit the Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org.
 
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About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 878,000 electricity customers and 261,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 367,000 electricity customers and 303,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com, www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of more than one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.