Western New York
Living and working across the 5,088 square miles of Western New York are some 519,000 residential and commercial National Grid customers. Among them are approximately 900 National Grid employees, who maintain and ensure the reliability of the vast infrastructure — 14,000 miles of overhead line, 1,800 miles of underground line, and nearly 300 substations — that serves the region. It’s a system that powers economic segments including agribusiness, brewing, banking, education, entrepreneurship, health care, high tech, manufacturing, medical research and development, service industries, transportation, entertainment and tourism, and many more.
Across Western New York, you’ll find National Grid is upgrading, expanding and investing in our energy delivery system to meet the real economic growth we are seeing in the region. We support that growth in other ways too — including economic development and community grants, innovative programs, and progressive partnerships and initiatives that have real, positive impacts on our customers and communities. In Buffalo, National Grid has undertaken a $3.7 million Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Demonstration Project, which marks the first time that residents in such a large, economically diverse neighborhood have shared power resources. Homeowners and nonprofit groups in the city’s historic Fruit Belt section who enroll in the program enjoy lower energy costs and receive monthly credits on electric bills based on aggregate generation of the panels that were installed throughout the neighborhood. In Orleans County, a grant from National Grid helped H.H. Dobbins Inc. in Lyndonville add new technology to improve capabilities, reduce energy costs and stay competitive on a global scale. And on the manufacturing front, $1.3 million in incentives helped Cummins Engine in Jamestown in southern Chautauqua County reduce annual electricity use by 8.7 million kilowatt-hours — energy savings equal to 6.6 million tons of carbon, or more than 14,400 barrels of oil a year.
Want to see more? We invite you to click on the stories in our #InvestinginUpstate map — and come back often — to explore National Grid’s ongoing commitment to investing in the people, communities and the future of Western New York. There is much to tell.