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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Joseph Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2002


NEW YORK - Con Edison dispatched eight overhead-line crews and 10 tree-trimming crews on Monday to Torrington, Conn., to assist Hartford-based Northeast Utilities (NU) in its electric service restoration efforts following a severe weekend storm. Throughout the weekend, more than 100,000 NU customers were without electricity as snow, ice and high winds hit the area. In order to expedite service restoration to its customers, NU requested help from neighboring utilities.

ďItís not unusual for us to help out another company thatís been hard hit, provided the crews arenít needed here in our service area. This particular storm had minimal effect on our customers, so we were able to say Ďyesí to NU when they called us for help,Ē said Robert W. Donohue, senior vice president, electric operations for Con Edison.

Over the past several years, Con Edison has provided assistance in places that have suffered tremendous devastation to their electrical systems because of severe storm damage. In 1998 and 1999, company crews played a major role in helping to restore service in parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania respectively following ice storms that blanketed the Northeast. And, the help isnít limited to local areas.

When the Dominican Republic experienced widespread destruction of its electrical system from Hurricane Georges in 1998, Con Edison sent both personnel and equipment to help restore service. The company also sent a team of experts to facilitate restoration efforts when Puerto Rico was hammered by Hurricane Hortense in 1996.

Con Edison is one of the nationís largest utility companies, with more than $8 billion in annual revenues and $18 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., [NYSE: ED] provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edisonís Web site at

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