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For Immediate Release: March 4, 2009
10:30 a.m.

CON EDISON TREE CARE BLOOMS WITH NATIONAL AWARD

Arbor Day Foundation Names Company “Tree Line USA Utility”

National Award Recognizes Tree Care, Planting and Public Education Efforts

NEW YORK – Con Edison has been named a “Tree Line USA Utility” for the first time by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters in recognition of its ongoing tree trimming efforts to improve electric reliability. The award spotlights the company’s care and maintenance for trees within New York City and Westchester County along with its commitment to public education programs, all while meeting service objectives.

"We are delighted to receive this recognition. It signifies our continuing commitment to promoting, protecting and enhancing our urban forests," said Louis L. Rana, president of Con Edison. "Regular maintenance and natural pruning of trees improves electric reliability, and the trees in our service area will be with us to beautify our neighborhoods for years to come.”

Con Edison trims trees along distribution and transmission power lines to maintain safe and reliable service. Overgrown and fallen tree limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms. The company’s tree maintenance program helps ensure safe, reliable service, carefully trimming branches that may interfere with power lines.

The company also reinforces its dedication to preserving community trees though public education efforts, which advise customers on which plant species are appropriate to plant near utility lines.

“Across America, people are recognizing and celebrating how vital trees are to our cities and towns,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees help reduce peak demand by conserving energy. They also clean air and water, increase property value, and make our homes more comfortable, livable places.”

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $33 billion in assets.  The utility 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 Edison’s Web site at www.conEd.com.

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