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Contact: Joseph Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2002

CON EDISON SETS NEW RECORDS FOR ENERGY USE

NEW YORK - Con Edison announced today that July set a record for monthly electricity sendout, the cumulative amount of energy consumed by customers, of 6,192,161 Megawatt hours, surpassing the previous mark of 6,126,350 for August, 2001. This new monthly record represents nearly the same amount of electricity used in Rhode Island or Alaska over an entire year.

In addition, this past Saturday and Sunday set a new record for weekend electricity sendout of 405,065 Megawatt hours, eclipsing the old record of 391,013 Megawatt hours set July 31-August 1, 1999.

So far this summer, four of the company’s 10 highest days of peak electricity demand, the greatest amount of energy being used at a given moment, have been registered. The Con Edison system delivers energy to nearly 9 million New York City and Westchester residents.

Con Edison continues to urge all customers to conserve energy by deferring the use of non-essential electrical appliances such as washers and dryers, and to use air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment wisely. In addition, the utility is urging customers to help maintain reliable service by turning off lights, televisions and computers when not in use.




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