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Contact: Chris Olert
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2002

CON EDISON SETS NEW RECORDS FOR WEEKEND ENERGY USE

NEW YORK - Con Edison [NYSE: ED] announced today that this weekend shattered a record for weekend electricity sendout of 416,475 Megawatt hours on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. This two-day sendout equals the amount of electricity consumed in Vermont in three months. The prior record of 405,065 Megawatt hours was set the weekend of August 3-August 4, 2002.

The weekend record is the second this summer. 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.

In addition, five 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 this summer. The Con Edison system delivers energy to approximately 9 million New York City and Westchester County residents.

Con Edison continues to urge all customers to use energy wisely. Deferring the use of non-essential electrical appliances such as washers and dryers; turning off lights, televisions and computers when not in use; and using air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment only when necessary will help ease the high demand for electricity.


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