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For Immediate Release: December 19, 1997

CON EDISON EXPANDS NATURAL GAS SERVICE IN NORTHERN WESTCHESTER

Con Edison began natural gas service to more than one dozen condominium units at Heritage Hills in Somers, New York this week. These occupied homes, which are among a projected 800 new units under construction at the complex, are being supplied by Con Edison via a new interconnection with the Algonquin pipeline. Expansion of service to the Heritage Hills area represents a milestone for Con Edison, which previously supplied gas in southern Somers to only a few homes and PepsiCo Inc. on Route 100. The interconnection replaces a temporary gas supply to the condominiums that has operated since October 2. "We are pleased to be able to provide a reliable gas supply to Heritage Hills residents and to have our expert staff advise and work with contractors installing clean-burning heating units for the new owners," said Mary Jane McCartney, Con Edison’s senior vice president of gas operations. "By choosing natural gas, residents will get clean, reliable, efficient energy year-round. They will derive benefits from our vast experience and knowledge of the natural gas business, which dates back to the nineteenth century," she added. Residents will also be able to choose natural gas for hot water, cooking and fireplace equipment in the new West Hills section 29 of the complex being built by Heritage Hills Development Corp. In addition to the units under construction, Con Edison anticipates making gas service available for up to 2,000 existing units, if their owners desire conversion to natural gas heat from electric heat. Converting to natural gas heat in 1998 will cost each homeowner about $3,900 for new heating equipment, depending on the system they choose, while reducing heating costs considerably compared with electric heat. This savings, combined with low-cost financing arranged by Con Edison, should pay for the conversion in just a few years. After that, the savings would be the homeowners’ to keep. The company estimates that the yearly demand for natural gas in the new 800 unit West Hills section will be just under a million therms, which is equivalent to the heat derived from about 100 million cubic feet of natural gas. The Heritage Hills project will facilitate bringing natural gas energy to other parts of Somers and nearby areas if sufficient demand for natural gas exists. Con Edison is one of the nation's largest investor-owned utilities, with nearly $7 billion in annual revenues and $14 billion in assets. The company provides electric, gas and steam service to three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.



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