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NYSEG and RG&E Play Vital Role in Developing New Power Generation Sources, Including Renewables

Rochester, NY – Although NYSEG and RG&E are no longer in the electricity generation business,  both companies continue to play a key role in generation by providing safe, reliable interconnections between generation sources and the companies’ electric transmission systems.

“We strongly support the development of new generation sources, including renewable generation, to help ensure New York has an adequate supply of power and to help further diversify the state’s generation mix,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “That support is evident in the volume of interconnections we are executing, working hand-in-hand with everyone from residential customers to large commercial developers.”

The generation projects NYSEG and RG&E are involved in fall into two categories:
Net-metered projects: These residential and small-scale commercial wind, solar and hybrid (wind/solar) projects utilize a special meter that measures electricity use when the customer is taking power from their utility and then spins backward when the customer generates excess electricity that flows back into the grid.
Commercial interconnection projects: These large-scale projects are created specifically to provide additional power directly to the grid.

Applications for Net-Metered Systems Jump
• In 2008, NYSEG and RG&E had 204 applications for net-metered systems: 197 solar and seven wind; total generating capacity 0.676 megawatts (mw).
• In 2009, applications for net-metered systems jumped 34% to 273: 247 solar, 21 wind and five hybrid wind/solar; 2.585 mw. 
• In 2010, applications increased another 18% to 316: 286 solar, 27 wind and three hybrid; 1.746 mw. 

Five Net-Metered Waste Digesters Interconnected
The companies also interconnected five net-metered waste digesters in Cayuga and Wyoming counties totaling 2.175 mw of generating capacity in 2008 and 2009. Waste digesters use bacteria to break down manure or other biodegradable material to produce a flammable gas which is then burned in a combustion-based turbine or engine-driven generator to generate power. 

From 2008 through 2010, NYSEG or RG&E also interconnected:
Six landfill gas plants totaling 25.97 megawatts (mw) of generating capacity in Allegany, Clinton, Delaware and Cayuga counties. Landfill gas plants capture methane-rich biogas produced by rotting organic matter in a landfill and burn it to generate power. 
Three wind farms with 209 wind turbines totaling 381.5 mw of generating capacity in Wyoming and Steuben counties.
Cornell University’s new 30-mw combined heat and power facility in Tompkins County.
AES Corporation’s battery energy storage facility in Broome County (20 mw; first in state). This lithium-ion battery storage system provides energy to help regulate the power grid during times of high demand.

NYSEG is also preparing to interconnect Beacon Power Corporation’s flywheel energy storage facility in Rensselaer County (20 mw; first in the state; interconnected this week). A flywheel energy system uses electricity to charge flywheels during low-demand periods and then uses that kinetic motion to generate electricity during times of high demand.

NYSEG and RG&E currently have an additional 187 mw of wind, 7.07 mw of landfill gas and
3.5 mw of waste digester generation in the queue for interconnection.

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About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E are valuable assets to the communities we serve. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com and www.rge.com.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.