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Con Edison Researcher From Maywood, N.J. Wins Award For Environmental Research

A Con Edison engineer from Maywood, N.J. has won a prestigious award from a leading industry organization for his work on an environmental project.

Hugh O’Neill, project manager in Electric Operations, won a Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for research that will benefit marine life in the East River.

Con Edison has a system of five screens with fine mesh panels to filter fish, eggs and larvae from the cooling water intake at the East River Generating Station in Manhattan. O’Neill was a member of a team that found eggs and larvae have higher survival rates passing through the cooling system and being channeled back into the river as opposed to being removed by the screens.

The findings could allow Con Edison to remove the fine mesh screens and replace them with larger screens that are easier and less expensive to maintain.

That team also included: Brian Brush, section manager in Environmental Health and Safety; Cristina B. Lombardi, project manager in Steam Operations; Scott Salmon, a scientist in Environmental Health and Safety; and Gary Thorn, a section manager in Central Engineering.

O’Neill joined Con Edison in December 2002 and is one of 10 Con Edison employees who won Technology Transfer Awards from EPRI this year.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $48 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to about 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.

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