Rochester, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 2, 2007 – NYSEG (New York State Electric & Gas) and RG&E (Rochester Gas & Electric) subsidiaries of regional energy services and delivery company Energy East Corporation, plan to introduce an AMI system, starting with the deployment of over 1 million smart meters. NYSEG serves 860,000 electricity customers and 254,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York, while RG&E serves 359,000 electricity customers and 296,000 natural gas customers in a region centered on the City of Rochester.
The two utilities have filed a plan with the Public Service Commission which outlines the customer and environmental benefits of a smart grid initiative. The deployment of the smart meters will start in 2008.
"Because smart meters enable customers to better control energy use, we can reduce the demand for electricity, especially at peak times, and provide our customers with a new tool to help conserve energy. The result will be postponing the need for new power plants and avoiding the environmental impacts that go along with them," said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.
"NYSEG and RG&E are committed to the implementation of smart meters as a technological solution to reducing the demand for electricity, avoiding future generation needs and improving the environment," Laurito said.