Sales of Wind Energy in 2011 Were Enough to Power Nearly 7,000 Homes for a Year

Rochester, NY – In 2011, customers of NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, bought nearly 74 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of clean, renewable electricity – enough to power nearly 7,000 typical homes for a year – through the companies’ Catch the Wind program. All of the wind energy purchased by NYSEG and RG&E on behalf of their customers in 2011 was generated in New York.

At NYSEG, 2011 sales of Catch the Wind renewable energy were approximately 55 million kwh and at RG&E 2011 sales were approximately 19 million kwh. At the close of 2011, nearly 16,000 NYSEG customers and nearly 5,800 RG&E customers were enrolled in the program.

“Our customers remain enthusiastic about wind energy,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase clean, renewable wind energy, particularly because it is a natural fit with our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Purchasing wind energy directly benefits the environment by reducing the need for fossil-fuel generation right here in New York. The estimated environmental benefits of the 2011 sales of wind energy at NYSEG and RG&E include the reduction of approximately 51 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the equivalent of removing approximately 4,500 passenger vehicles from the road or the carbon sequestered by approximately 4,900 acres of trees. Renewable energy sources also help avoid sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions.

NYSEG’s wind energy program began in August 2002; RG&E’s program began in April 2004. The programs are offered in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a leading developer and marketer of renewable energy.

NYSEG customers can learn more about the company’s Catch the Wind program HERE.

RG&E customers can learn more HERE.

About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA:

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. 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.

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About Community Energy, Inc.:

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) has been leading renewable energy development since its founding in 1999. By launching the market for direct sales of renewable energy to retail electric customers, CEI first leveraged electric choice to build demand for new renewable projects, and went on to deliver wind energy at significant scale. In 2009, CEI expanded into solar project development, focusing on utility-grade projects in advancing solar markets. CEI continues to lead the industry by offering the full economic and environmental advantages of solar and wind energy to its array of customers and utility partners. The Company has a proven track record of delivering on its mission of a renewable energy future that works for its customers, partners and investors. For more information, visit www.CommunityEnergyInc.com.

Media Contacts:
Clayton Ellis cmellis@nyseg.com 607.762.7336
Dan Hucko Daniel_Hucko@rge.com 585.724.8825

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