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NYSEG and RG&E Offer Customers Three ‘Green’ Options for Earth Day

Rochester, NY – (April 21, 2011) NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to consider three environmentally-friendly energy options as we prepare to mark Earth Day on April 22.

Option 1: NYSEG and RG&E offer several free billing options that can help cut down on paper, checks and even stamps. To learn more about our e-Bill service and other options or to sign up, visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com. NYSEG and RG&E have partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for every e-Bill enrollment the companies receive in April.

Option 2: Save on your energy bills with an energy audit. Most New York homeowners qualify for a free or reduced-cost comprehensive home assessment, also referred to as an energy audit, through the New York Energy Research and Development Authority. They may also qualify for low-cost project financing. Get more information at http://bit.ly/hMSj6R.  

Option 3: Clean energy is blowing in the wind. NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the opportunity to purchase clean, renewable wind-generated electricity. Purchasing just $7.50 worth of wind-generated electricity every month for one year reduces carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of planting 30 tree seedlings that grow for 10 years or not driving 3,000 miles in a car. The charge is added to monthly participants’ monthly NYSEG or RG&E bills to cover the added expense of 300 kilowatt-hours of wind energy being delivered to the New York power grid. To learn more about purchasing wind-generated electricity, visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com.

NYSEG and RG&E have a long history of recycling everything from paper and toner cartridges to transformer oil and used electrical equipment. In addition, the companies have been leaders in installing energy-saving transformers that use vegetable-based cooling oil instead of petroleum oil and have replaced many gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid or partial zero-emissions vehicles.

“Our actions speak to our solid commitment to environmental stewardship, and we strongly encourage our customers to take steps to reduce their energy use to help protect the environment,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

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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.