NYSEG’S AND RG&E’S SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS: 7.4 MILLION KILOWATT-HOURS OF ELECTRICITY SAVED AND 3,500 TONS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS PER YEAR ELIMINATED
Rochester, NY, November 16, 2010 – NYSEG’s and RG&E’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Programs are quickly gaining in popularity. Since the programs’ nine-county launch in May, more than 1,000 small businesses have committed to lighting upgrades with total estimated annual savings of $927,000 and approximately 7.4 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity. The environmental benefit of not having to generate 7.4 million kwh of electricity is a reduction of approximately 3,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 1,019 cars off the road for a year.
Businesses with demand of less than 100 kilowatts can apply for a free energy assessment through the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. NYSEG or RG&E will then cover 70% of the cost of lighting upgrades as identified in the energy assessment. Qualifying lighting upgrades include replacing existing fluorescent fixtures with higher-efficiency lamps and ballasts, changing incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and converting exit signs to light emitting diode (LED) technology.
The program was launched in Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Erie, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Niagara and Tompkins counties. As of November 1, the program is also available for eligible small businesses in Otsego, Wayne and Yates counties. NYSEG and RG&E will stagger the launch of the program through the remaining counties in the companies’ service areas through August 2011.
The Small Business Energy Efficiency Program is being conducted in accordance with a November 2009 New York State Public Service Commission order and is funded by the System Benefits Charge on electricity customers’ bills.
EnerPath, operating out of Rochester, is the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program administrator. The company is hiring and training local workers to perform the energy assessments and is selecting and supervising licensed New York State subcontractors to perform the lighting upgrades.
For program information, schedules and eligibility guidelines, or to enroll online, business customers should visit:
(www.nyseg.com, click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”)
(www.rge.com, click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”)
To enroll by phone, business customers should call 1.877.359.9814. Program information is also available at the companies’ energy efficiency hotline 1.800.995.9525.
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 about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.