NYSEG and RG&E Ready to Meet Customers Power Needs as Summer Heats Up
Rochester, NY – With summer heating up, NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, are ready to deliver the power customers need.
“Providing safe, reliable service to our customers is a top priority all year long,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We work especially hard ahead of the high-demand summer months to ensure our systems are in good working order and ready to deliver the power our customers need to stay comfortable.”
NYSEG and RG&E have accelerated reliability measures including:
- Vegetation management. (Trees coming into contact with power lines are a leading cause of power interruptions.)
- Ongoing comprehensive maintenance.
- Visual and infrared inspections of equipment.
- Helicopter patrols of key facilities.
- As warranted, high-tech inspection and testing of substation equipment.
Records for Electricity Demand
“Load” is the total electricity consumed by all customers at a point in time, and it is a good real-time indicator of how much electricity is being consumed. Peak loads are usually driven by weather and economic conditions. Below are NYSEG’s and RG&E’s summer 2014 peak loads and all-time record peak loads. (Note: A megawatt serves approximately 800 to 1,000 homes.)
>> NYSEG’s summer 2014 peak load: 2,970 megawatts (mw) on July 1
(NYSEG’s all-time record peak load: 3,345 mw on July 21, 2011)
>> RG&E’s summer 2014 peak load: 1,517 mw on July 1
(RG&E’s all-time record peak load: 1,752 mw on July 21, 2011)
How to Use Energy Wisely This Summer
NYSEG and RG&E always encourage customers to use energy wisely – here are some tips:
- Keep curtains or blinds closed on hot, sunny days.
- Close windows and doors during the hottest parts of the day to keep heat out.
- Use fans instead of air conditioners.
- When you do use air conditioners, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher.
- Turn off air conditioners when you leave home.
- Turn off unused lights, TVs, computers and other electronic equipment.
- When weather permits, dry laundry outside instead of using a clothes dryer.
Be Prepared for Power Interruptions
Summer also means the likelihood of occasional strong thunderstorms that can cause lightning-quick damage to electricity delivery systems. NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to always be prepared for power interruptions. More information is available in the companies’ Weathering Storm Emergencies fact sheet at http://bit.ly/Kc53Jk and http://bit.ly/L9K58B.
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