RG&E and NYSEG to lay off 80 workers

Iberdrola USA, the parent company, said a total of 140 employees from its northeastern work force of 5,700 employees were let go on today.

Clayton Ellis, Iberdrola USA spokesman, said the move was made “to begin more closely aligning its operations with current business needs and economic conditions.”

About 40 workers at RG&E and 40 workers at NYSEG were let go.

“Reducing the work force is a difficult decision and one that we have not taken lightly,” said Ellis. “We understand the impact that it has on our people, families and our communities – but it is an essential step given today’s economic conditions.”

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