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           Joint release by NYPA, Lake Placid Municipal Electric, National Grid, Tupper Lake Municipal Electric






Tri-Lakes Residents Asked to Reduce All Unnecessary Electricity Usage

Lake Placid Municipal Electric
Peter C. Kroha

National Grid
Alberto Bianchetti

Tupper Lake Municipal Electric
John Bouck

New York Power Authority
Connie Cullen

February 18, 2006


SYRACUSE. N.Y., Feb. 18, 2006— 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 from 7 p.m. today until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

The Village of Lake Placid Municipal Electric System, The Now York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk 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 don’t 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.


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