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Con Edison Reports 2011 Second Quarter Earnings

2nd Quarter 2011 Sales and Revenue Report

NEW YORK, NY, Aug 04, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED) today reported net income for common stock for the second quarter of $165 million or $0.57 a share compared with $183 million or $0.65 a share in 2010. Earnings from ongoing operations, which exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses, were $166 million or $0.57 a share in the second quarter of 2011 compared with $144 million or $0.51 a share in 2010.

For the first six months of 2011, net income for common stock was $477 million or $1.63 a share compared with $409 million or $1.45 a share in the first six months of 2010. Earnings from ongoing operations, which exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses, were $456 million or $1.56 a share in 2011 compared with $408 million or $1.45 a share in 2010.

"We continued to meet financial expectations in the second quarter, while our 14,000 employees worked hard to prepare our delivery systems for the summer. Their preparation and dedication responding to scattered outages during record-breaking heat in July kept the power flowing reliably to most of our 3.2 million customers," said Kevin Burke, the company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Con Edison's energy efficiency programs continue to help customers lower their bills, reduce peak demand, defer additional capital investments and improve the environment. Cost management strategies also are working to keep our operations efficient and our company strong and sustainable."

The following table is a reconciliation of Con Edison's reported earnings per share to earnings per share from ongoing operations and reported net income to earnings from ongoing operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010.

                         Three Months Ended            Six Months Ended
                       Earnings     Net Income      Earnings     Net Income
                         per       (Millions of       per       (Millions of
                        Share        Dollars)        Share        Dollars)
                    ------------- -------------- ------------- -------------
                     2011   2010   2011    2010   2011   2010   2011   2010
------------------- ------ ------ ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Reported earnings
 per share and net
 income for common
 stock- GAAP basis
 (basic)            $ 0.57 $ 0.65 $  165  $  183 $ 1.63 $ 1.45 $  477 $  409
Less: Net mark-to-
 market effects of
 competitive energy
 businesses              -   0.14     (1)     39   0.07      -     21      1
------------------- ------ ------ ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Ongoing operations  $ 0.57 $ 0.51 $  166  $  144 $ 1.56 $ 1.45 $  456 $  408
------------------- ------ ------ ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------


For the year 2011, the company reaffirms its previous forecast of earnings per share from ongoing operations in the range of $3.45 to $3.65 a share. Earnings per share from ongoing operations exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses.

The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, as compared with the 2010 period, reflect changes in the rate plans of Con Edison's utility subsidiaries. The rate plans provide for additional revenues to cover expected increases in certain operations and maintenance expenses, and depreciation and property taxes. The results of operations include the operating results of the competitive energy businesses, including net mark-to-market effects.

Operations and maintenance expenses were higher for the periods reflecting higher costs for pension and other postretirement benefits and employee health insurance, offset in part by savings from cost control efforts in the 2011 period. Depreciation and property taxes were higher in the 2011 periods reflecting primarily higher utility plant balances.

The following table presents the estimated effect on earnings per share and net income for common stock for the 2011 period compared with the 2010 period, resulting from these and other major factors:

                            Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                                 Variation                 Variation
                               2011 vs. 2010             2011 vs. 2010
                                       Net Income                Net Income
                                       for Common                for Common
                                         Stock                     Stock
                           Earnings    Variation     Earnings    Variation
                          per Share    (Millions    per Share    (Millions
                          Variation   of Dollars)   Variation   of Dollars)
------------------------ -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Consolidated Edison
 Company of New York,
 Inc. (CECONY) (a)
  Rate plans, primarily
   to recover increases
   in certain costs      $      0.25  $        69  $      0.43  $       120
  Operations and
   maintenance expense         (0.08)         (24)       (0.06)         (17)
  Depreciation, property
   taxes and other tax
   matters                     (0.09)         (27)       (0.19)         (56)
  Interest expense                 -            1         0.02            5
  Other (includes
   dilutive effect of
   new stock issuances)        (0.02)           3        (0.08)          (4)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total CECONY                    0.06           22         0.12           48
Orange and Rockland
 Utilities (O&R)                   -            -         0.02            5
Competitive energy
 businesses
  Earnings excluding net
   mark-to-market
   effects                         -            1        (0.02)          (4)
  Net mark-to-market
   effects (b)                 (0.14)         (40)        0.07           20
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total competitive energy
 businesses                    (0.14)         (39)        0.05           16
Other, including parent
 company expenses                  -           (1)       (0.01)          (1)
------------------------ -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total variation          $     (0.08) $       (18) $      0.18  $        68
------------------------ -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 a. Under the revenue decoupling mechanisms in CECONY's electric and gas
    rate plans and the weather-normalization clause applicable to the gas
    business, revenues are generally not affected by changes in delivery
    volumes from levels assumed when rates were approved. Under CECONY's
    rate plans, pension and other postretirement costs and certain other
    costs are reconciled to amounts reflected in rates for such costs.
 b. For the three months ended June 30, these variations reflect after-tax
    net mark-to-market losses of $1 million in 2011 and after-tax net mark-
    to-market gains of $39 million or $0.14 a share in 2010. For the six
    months ended June 30, the variations reflect after-tax net mark-to-
    market gains of $21 million or $0.07 a share in 2011 and after-tax net
    mark-to-market gains of $1 million in 2010.

The earnings per share variations shown above include the dilutive effect ($0.02 per share and $0.06 per share, respectively, exclusive of offsetting benefits of avoided interest expense) of a higher weighted average number of common shares outstanding in the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 period. The weighted average number of common shares was 293 million shares and 281 million shares for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and 292 million shares and 282 million shares for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

The changes in the energy delivered by the company's utility subsidiaries, both for actual amounts and as adjusted for variations in weather and billing days, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, as compared with the 2010 period were as follows (expressed as a percentage of 2010 amounts):

                                 Second Quarter
                                    Variation         Six Months Variation
                                  2011 vs. 2010           2011 vs. 2010
                               Actual     Adjusted     Actual     Adjusted
---------------------------- ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Con Edison of New York
  Electric                         (0.4)       (1.4)       (0.5)       (1.3)
  Firm - Gas                       19.7         3.0         8.5         1.8
  Steam                            15.4        (0.3)        6.4        (1.7)
O&R
  Electric                         (0.4)        1.4         0.9         1.2
  Firm - Gas                       18.4         1.1        12.0         0.1
---------------------------- ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Refer to the company's Second Quarter Form 10-Q, which is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the consolidated balance sheets at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010 and the consolidated income statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010. Additional information related to utility sales and revenues is available at www.conedison.com (select "Shareholder Services" and then select "Press Releases").

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect expectations and not facts. Actual results may differ materially from those expectations because of factors such as those identified in reports the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release also contains a financial measure, earnings from ongoing operations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered as an alternative to net income, which is an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with GAAP. Management uses this non-GAAP measure to facilitate the analysis of the company's ongoing performance as compared to its internal budgets and previously reported financial results. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is also useful and meaningful to investors.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $36 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc., a retail energy supply and services company; Consolidated Edison Energy, Inc., a wholesale energy supply company; and Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., a company that participates in infrastructure projects.

Contact:
Robert McGee
212-460-4111


SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

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