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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2001


At the direction of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), Con Edison reduced electric voltage today at approximately 3:15 p.m. by 5 percent system-wide in order to support the power needs of the PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., the electric grid operator for the mid-Atlantic region. A 5 percent voltage reduction is generally undetectable to the average customer.

In implementing the voltage reduction, Con Edison complied with the direction of the NYISO, the central commodity market for the wholesale purchasing and selling of electricity in New York state. The NYISO manages a coordinated statewide interconnected transmission system to ensure that the state’s power needs are met reliably and safely. It also ensures that there is sufficient electricity generated to meet the state’s power requirements.

In addition, the company is urging its 3.1 million customers to reduce the unnecessary use of electrical equipment, including washers, dryers, air conditioners, lights, televisions and computers. These measures are not because of any problems on Con Edison’s transmission and distribution system.

Earlier today, Con Edison customer service representatives contacted large commercial and industrial customers to request voluntary reduction of all non-essential power use and the company reduced electricity usage at its own facilities as well.

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