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Con Edison Helps Owners Of 5,000 Buildings Clear The Air By Converting To Natural Gas

More than 5,000 large buildings have been converted from oil to less expensive, cleaner-burning natural gas with Con Edison's help in the past four years.

The conversions have cut emissions of more than 400 tons of fine particulate matter. That's equivalent to pulling 1.2 million cars off the road.

Fine particulate matter is a mix of chemicals, metals and dust that can penetrate deep into the respiratory system and cause serious health problems. The NYC Health Department estimates that fine particle pollution alone caused an average of more than 2,000 deaths, approximately 1,500 hospital admissions for lung and heart conditions, and 5,000 emergency department admissions for asthma based on levels from 2009 to 2011.

The number of buildings making the switch has grown each year since the city passed its NYC Clean Heat regulations in 2011. The regulations required owners of buildings to stop using No. 6 oil by 2015 and requires changeover from No. 4 oil by 2030.

Though the regulations do not require buildings to stop burning No. 2 oil, the owners of nearly 2,000 of those buildings also have converted to natural gas, since it's less expensive and more efficient than oil.

Con Edison has been building out its gas delivery system to meet the high demand for natural gas, identifying Area Growth Zones that will continue to be expanded the next four years. Participating buildings in these zones may be able to connect to Con Edison's firm gas distribution system at no cost, except for the internal conversion costs (e.g., new internal piping, new gas equipment, and chimney liner).

The zone approach helps Con Edison coordinate construction in a way that reduces or eliminates customers' connection costs and minimizes disruption and noise in neighborhoods. To learn more, go to Con Edison's Area Growth Zones' website 

The website provides information for customers about specific zones, including boundaries, timelines and associated company activity on its website.

Con Edison has spent more than $360 million on gas infrastructure in connection with the conversion program since 2011. The utility plans to invest an additional $400 million during the next four years. Customers who want to convert for the next heating season may be eligible for incentives. Check out the company's conversion program and incentives at:

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 $46 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 us on the web at, for energy efficiency rebates and incentives at, and on Twitter and Facebook.