Con Edison Media Relations
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For Immediate Release: March 8, 2002
CON EDISON RECEIVES EPA'S CLEAN AIR EXCELLENCE AWARD
Hunts Point Market Truck Electrification Project
Wins For Its Innovation In Reducing Diesel Fumes
NEW YORK -- Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), in partnership with Clean Air Communities (CAC), have received the Clean Air Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The organizations were chosen to receive the award in the Community Development/Re-Development category for the Hunts Point Market Truck Stop Electrification Project (TSE Project). The first operational anti-idling advanced electrification project in the country, the TSE Project effectively reduces the impact of diesel exhaust.
Each day, hundreds of diesel vehicles idle for 8 to 12 hours at Bronx, New York's Hunts Point Cooperative Market, one of the largest produce and meat markets in the world. The TSE Project is expected to eliminate more than 2,300 tons of air pollution annually in the Hunts Point residential community. Instead of idling their high emissions engines, truck drivers are now able to use pioneering technology to provide air conditioning and heat, keep the engine warm, power appliances, maintain battery charge, make telephone calls, and watch cable television.
"We at Con Edison enthusiastically supported this project to help provide cleaner air for the Hunts Point community," said Randolph S. Price, Con Edison's vice president of environment, health and safety. "We are pleased the EPA recognizes the value of the project."
Close to 80 percent of the New York metropolitan area's produce and 40 percent of the region's meat is shipped through the Hunts Point Market. The approximately 9,000 people who live near the Market experience the impact of 20,000 diesel truck trips every week.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that each year 450,000 trucks travel from home to the Hunts Point Market for more than 500 miles, consuming approximately 838 million gallons of diesel fuel. In addition to its public health and environmental benefits, the TSE Project has the potential to cut fuel costs by more than $3,000 and maintenance costs by more than $1,500 annually per vehicle.
Supporting Con Edison on the TSE Project were Sustainable South Bronx, The Hunts Point Cooperative Market, Idle Aire and the New York Power Authority.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $10 billion in annual revenues and $17 billion in assets. The utility 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 www.coned.com.