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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2010
4:00 p.m.


NEW YORK — Con Edison will offer interactive activities and educational materials to promote energy efficiency at the 2010 World Science Festival Street Fair in Washington Square Park June 6.

The company’s booth will seek to educate festival visitors about the role the smart grid, energy efficiency programs and renewable energy can play in ensuring a sustainable planet and saving customers money.

“The World Science Festival is all about education and fun, and that’s what we try to provide,” said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Con Edison. “We believe that the more we can engage people, the more success we’ll have in promoting conservation and energy efficiency.”

A digital display at the Con Edison booth will show the amount of electricity used by various appliances. Participants will be able to plug in a hair dryer, an iPod, a cell phone and other devices and then view the reading on the display.

The display is similar to the in-home energy monitors that are part of a smart grid pilot in Queens. Three hundred customer volunteers will receive the in-home monitors. The monitors communicate with a smart meter to empower the customer to track and manage energy use.  

Con Edison launched its smart grid pilot last year to test how various technologies can support efforts to modernize the electric grid. Visitors will also be able to view a touch-screen computer presentation on the smart grid.

Another interactive display is the Pedal-A-Watt bicycle, always a favorite of young festival attendees. The rear wheel of the bike powers a small generator, which is connected to three light bulbs. Kids can ride the bike and see that the rotation of the rear wheel creates electricity and lights the bulbs.

Festival attendees will also learn how new compact-fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs, save electricity.  By throwing a switch, guests will be able to turn on a traditional incandescent light bulb and watch an electric meter spin. But then they’ll turn the incandescent bulb off and light a CFL and see that the meter spins slower.

For the third straight year, Con Edison is a major sponsor of the festival, a five-day event that attracts some of the world’s top researchers to exchange ideas and engage the public in the wonders of science.

Con Edison has earned a reputation as a corporate leader in the quest for a safe, clean and sustainable planet. The company has reduced its carbon footprint by 36 percent, or 2.4 million tons, since 2005 and continues to slash its greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction was achieved mainly through the use of cleaner burning fuels and upgrades to company steam plants and substations.

The company is also offering customers cash rebates or incentives for upgrading to high-efficiency air conditioners, heating systems, boilers and water heaters. Small businesses can take advantage of free energy audits and get rebates for making major upgrades (

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 three 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


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