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Tri-Lakes Residents Asked to Reduce All Unnecessary Electricity Usage

Connie Cullen, NYPA
-Peter C. Kroha, Lake Placid Municipal Electric Authority
-Tom Corbett, National Grid
-John Bouck, Tupper Lake Municipal Electric

January 16, 2007

SYRACUSE, Jan. 16, 2007 Ė In response to the extraordinarily low temperatures in the Tri-Lakes Region (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake), local utilities are asking their customers to reduce all unnecessary electricity usage tomorrow and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Village of Lake Placid Municipal Electric System, The New York Power Authority, National Grid and the Village of Tupper Lake Municipal Electric System are making the appeal to all customers, including industries, to minimize the risk of power outages during the unseasonably cold weather. 

Customers donít need to stop using electricity altogether, just limit usage to essential needs only. Steps that electricity customers can take are:

  • Turn down thermostats and limit use of electric heat (base board or electric boilers) to those rooms where it is necessary.

  • Limit use of major appliances such as electric stoves, dishwashers, televisions and clothes dryers.

  • Turn off unnecessary lights.

The situation will be constantly monitored, and any new developments will be reported.

The utilities thank their customers in advance for their assistance in this effort.

 About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nationís largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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