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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: D. Joy Faber
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: June 4, 1998


Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) customers now can pay their electric and gas bill automatically from their personal or business checking accounts, the company announced today.

The enrollment process is easy: customers just fill out the authorization form that is included with the June Con Edison bill, pay the current bill by check and mail it to the company along with the bill's payment stub and completed enrollment form. Con Edison will confirm the customer's enrollment by mail. Each month thereafter, about 10 calendar days after Con Edison renders its bill, the amount owed will be automatically deducted from the customer's checking account.

The new Direct Payment Plan complements the company's other paperless payment plans, including Pay-by-Phone and Internet payment, which can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

Pay-by-Phone and Internet customers can switch to the new Direct Payment Plan. When requested, the company will mail them an enrollment form to complete and sign

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest utility companies, with more than $7 billion in annual revenues and approximately $15 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison's web site at

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