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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 2, 2010
4:15 p.m.

CON EDISON: RECORD ELECTRIC IN JULY
CUSTOMERS’ CONSERVATION HAILED

NEW YORK — Con Edison delivered to New Yorkers more electricity in July than any month in its history.

The New York-based utility serving the city’s five boroughs and most of Westchester did everything it could to keep their cables cool while they were keeping them humming, and they largely succeeded, delivering 6.9 million Megawatt hours (MWh), eclipsing the record 6.7 million MWh record set in July 2008.

One megawatt equals1 million watts, enough to power approximately 1,000 homes.

To put that in perspective, the typical New York City customer uses 300 to 350 kilowatt hours in one month; a Westchester County customer, 400 to 500 kilowatt hours.

No single-day records for peak electric use were set, reflecting company calls for conservation and careful energy use. Customers responded to the appeals.

“We owe a great deal to our customers, who really stepped up and acted in the interest of their neighborhoods and the environment,” said John Miksad, Con Edison’s senior vice president of Electric Operations. “We had every reason to expect that we would eclipse the single-day peak record on those 100 degree days, and while we were prepared to deliver the juice, our customers responded splendidly to our conservation appeals and significantly reduced the total consumption.”

Energy efficiency is always in vogue: Energy-savings tips are available at www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen , on Facebook at Power of Green, on Twitter @ConEdLiz and @ConEdSara and by downloading the company’s Power of Green iPhone app.

Con Edison has been working to make it easier for customers to reach them during periods when there are power outages. As well as reporting any outages to the company at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633), customers can also report power interruptions or service problems and view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com, and also can use their cell phones and PDAs.  When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

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