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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: December 21, 2004


NEW YORK – Con Edison [NYSE: ED] set a record for a winter season peak load on Monday (December 20) when 8,962 megawatts of electric power were used at 6 p.m.

The previous record was January 15, 2004 when 8,760 megawatts were used, also at 6 p.m. on that day.

The company serves 3.1 million electric customers in New York City and Westchester County, and the winter season for the utility is December through February.

Eight of the company’s 10 highest days of winter peak electricity demand – the greatest amount of energy being used at a given moment -- were registered this year.

Con Edison urges all customers to use energy wisely. Your electric and gas bill depends on how much power you use. Turn off lights, computers and televisions when not in use. Insulate your home. Tape windows. Leave access to heating sources by not blocking vents or radiators. Let the sun in to naturally warm your home or apartment. Set thermostats at 68 degrees during the day; 60 degrees at night or when you leave the house. Clean or replace furnace air filters regularly.

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