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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2010
12:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — Con Edison has formed a partnership to promote NYC Cool Roofs, a program launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reduce energy usage, curb global warming and lower local air temperatures.

As part of its role in the partnership, Con Edison by the end of the year will replace 156,000 square feet of traditional dark roofing on its buildings in New York City with cool, white roofing. In addition, the company will spread white coating on the 25,000-square-foot roof of its Third Avenue facility in Brooklyn.

The partnership with the city also calls for the company to sponsor the coating of a roof atop a YMCA building. In addition, Con Edison will include information on the NYC Cool Roofs program in customers’ bills, and work with building owners participating in the cool roofs program to identify energy efficiency programs that could help them save energy and money.

“We commend Mayor Bloomberg and his administration for recognizing that ‘cool roofs’ play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and urban air temperatures,” said Saddie L. Smith, Con Edison’s vice president for facilities. “This program is another example of our and the mayor’s commitment to fighting global warming and making the world’s greatest city a more comfortable, pleasant place to live and work.”

The partnership fits well with the Con Edison’s overall commitment to eco-friendly strategies. The company has already installed nearly 250,000 square feet of white roof membranes on its facilities, including its headquarters in Manhattan, substations and other buildings.

The announcement of the sponsorship follows the recent release of a Columbia University study ( detailing how green and white roofs atop The Learning Center, a Con Edison training and conference center in,,Queens, reduce energy usage and contribute to cooler temperatures.
The green roof, consisting of 21,000 plants, keeps heat in the building during the winter, reducing the need for heating, and keeps heat out during the summer, reducing the need for air conditioning. The energy saving benefits of the white roof occur mainly in the summer, when the roof absorbs less heat than a dark roof, cutting down on air conditioning needs.

The green and white roofs also prevent a phenomenon “heat island effect,” according to the study. Conventional dark roofs absorb sunlight during the day and radiate heat back into the atmosphere at night, contributing to warmer urban temperatures.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 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’s commitment to environmental responsibility has been recognized 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 financial, operations, and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at

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