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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2010
1:00 p.m.

Lights Out On Saturday Night!

CON EDISON TO JOIN EARTH HOUR MOVEMENT

NEW YORK – Con Edison will power down the clock tower lights for one hour on its landmark headquarters at 4 Irving Place this weekend as part of the global “Earth Hour” initiative sponsored by World Wildlife Fund. 

WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. For Earth Hour, WWF is encouraging corporations, governments and citizens to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Con Edison is joining the call to action in order to raise awareness about climate change.

“Each one of us can do our part to combat climate change and help protect the environment,” said Rebecca Craft, director of Energy Efficiency Programs at Con Edison.“ For this special hour, we are asking our customers to join us and other notable New York institutions to promote actions for a cleaner planet.”

Among other suggestions, World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) encourages individuals participating in “Earth Hour” to:

  • Join hundreds of millions of people around the world by turning off non-essential lighting between 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. local time.
  • Unplug appliances and phone charges when they aren’t in use. If they’re plugged in, they’re drawing energy and costing you money.
  • Change out all your light bulbs to energy-efficient CFLs, and make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are always full before you run them.
  • Update your status on social media networking sites to reflect that you will be taking part in “Earth Hour” and encourage friends to join the movement.
  • Take photos of how you spent the hour and upload them to the “Earth Hour” Flicker page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/45056854@N08/).

The organization has assembled an impressive roster of renowned structures such as New York’s Empire State Building, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the Las Vegas Strip, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral that will turn off non-essential lighting for the hour, in what is expected to be the largest-ever call to action on climate change.

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 $34 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. 

Con Edison is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index company, and has been recognized for its environmental performance by the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.

For additional information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site, www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.

About Earth Hour

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination, becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 80 million Americans and 318 cities officially voted for action with their light switch.

These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer status in Rio de Janeiro. 

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