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Energy Smart Community to Install Smart Meters in Tompkins County

NYSEG’s Energy Smart Community (ESC) program will begin installing 12,400 smart meters in Tompkins County in June. Smart meters eliminate estimated meter readings and enable a more timely response during power outages, while allowing customers better access to their energy data.

The ESC program seeks to develop and test the technologies, markets, and choices that will help advance clean energy use in Tompkins County. This initiative aligns with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision comprehensive energy strategy that calls for 50 percent of New York’s energy be generated by renewable sources by 2030.

The ESC also aligns with Tompkins County's Energy Roadmap which aims to reach a minimum 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction from 2008 levels by 2050, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels across all sectors.

Smart meters are part of a broader effort NYSEG is undertaking to test system upgrades to the utility. Advances in systems include upgrades to substations, circuits, meters, and grid management software.

Initially, smart meters will be limited to 12,400 customers in the first Grid Update Area. Those households in the first Grid Upgrade Area will receive a letter from NYSEG explaining when the meter switch out will occur. NYSEG expects to expand this program to all of their customers over the next few years.

The smart meter will allow New customer products and services to be rolled out. Energy Manager, an online tool, will provide users access to their personal energy data, usage alerts, tools, and tips to help better manage their energy use. Energy Manager will be available this fall.

Also beginning this fall, NYSEG hopes to offer innovative pricing options as part of the ESC program. After logging into Energy Manager and becoming familiar with their energy usage patterns, customers can determine if one of our innovative pricing options would be beneficial.


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We Are Seneca Lake Victory Party

After over 600 arrests and endless pressure from WASL, Crestwood has thrown in the towel and will not be expanding methane storage under Seneca Lake. It’s time to celebrate this momentous victory which has been an inspiration to our Finger Lakes community and the worldwide environmental movement.


We’ve rented the pavilion at Lodi Point State Park on beautiful Seneca Lake. Here’s a link where you can get directions and information:

Lodi Point State Park
Lower Lake Road
Lodi, NY 14860

WHEN: Sunday July 9, 4-8 PM


Bring your own beverages, a dish to pass, and place settings.

This is a pot luck and we'd love to have a big spread. Keep in mind the food may be sitting out for a while. The pot luck is bring-what-you-like but if you’d like some guidelines so we don’t end up with 50 fruit salads, you can use the handy guide:

Snacks/Appetizers - *last name begins with A-D*
Salads & Sides - *last name begins with E-K*
Main Course - *last name begins with L-S*
Dessert - *last name begins with T-Z*


All are welcome so feel free to bring friends and family. RSVPs not necessary. For further information call Tommie (607 277 6461).

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, July 28, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Tompkins County Public Library
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

If you have any issues you would like to bring to the TCCPI monthly meetings, please e-mail us at info@tccpi.org. General meetings are on the last Friday of every month, except for November and December. Because of the holidays, the November-December meeting is on the second Friday of December.