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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2009
5:30 p.m.


New Yorkers Shave Off 65 Megawatt Hours

NEW YORK – New Yorkers trimmed their electrical use by approximately 65 megawatt hours (MWh) over a 90-minute period on Saturday night during Earth Hour, compared to a similar day last year. The energy savings is equivalent to powering 65,000 homes.

Con Edison control room operators reported that while Earth Hour was scheduled between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., New Yorkers began shutting off lights and other electrical devices starting at 8 p.m. Con Edison engineers noted that the energy savings lasted until approximately 9:30 p.m.

Con Edison joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund, the organizers of Earth Hour, to encourage New Yorkers to turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliances. The company also shut off clock tower lights at its main office, 4 Irving Place, during the event.

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