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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: March 28, 2010
1:00 p.m.

CON EDISON SEES ELECTRICITY USE DROP DURING EARTH HOUR

New Yorkers Shave Off 35 Megawatts To Fight Climate Change

NEW YORK – As New Yorkers from Staten Island to Westchester County turned off lights during Earth Hour at their homes, businesses and New York City landmarks, Con Edison saw electricity usage fall by about 35 megawatts (MW).

The drop in energy demand, over the 60-minute period last night, was the equivalent of removing 10 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or not having to power up to 35,000 homes.

Con Edison joined the World Wildlife Fund, the organizers of “Earth Hour” in which cities and nations worldwide turned off lights for one hour to raise awareness about global climate change and energy efficiency. The company powered down the clock tower lights on its landmark headquarters at 4 Irving Place from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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