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Con Edison Researcher from Queens Wins Award for East River Research

A Con Edison researcher from Whitestone, Queens has won a prestigious award from a leading industry organization for work that will help protect the East River ecosystem.

Cristina B. Lombardi, project manager in Steam Operations, was among 10 Con Edison employees who won Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She has worked for Con Edison since June 2003.

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. Lombardi 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; Hugh O’Neill, project manager in Electric Operations; Scott Salmon, a scientist in Environmental Health and Safety; and Gary Thorn, a section manager in Central Engineering.

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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