NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consolidated Edison Company of New York,
Inc. (Con Edison) reached a record level of electricity delivery for a
one-week period last week as 1,567,147 megawatt hours of electricity were used
by its 3.1 million customers from Monday, August 6 through Sunday, August 12.
This period also included the highest-ever hourly peak demand, 12,207
megawatts, reached at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9. The Con Edison system
delivers energy to an estimated 8.9 million New York City and Westchester
"In the face of six straight days of temperatures over 90 degrees, which
created historic demands on our resources and intense working conditions for
our employees, our system performed extremely well and our employees more than
met the challenge. When we asked our customers to conserve power to help us
through the most difficult periods they responded and we thank them for their
help," said Kevin Burke, president of Con Edison.
Con Edison is spending $483 million this year on its electrical
transmission and distribution system as part of a five-year comprehensive
$2.4 billion program to enhance reliability and improve infrastructure. The
distribution system includes more than 89,000 miles of underground cables,
34,000 miles of overhead lines, 250,000 manholes and service boxes, 25,000
underground transformers and 201,000 utility poles.
The company also established two new gas system records and recorded its
highest summer one-day delivery for 2001. On Thursday, August 9, a new summer
total gas system daily delivery record of 1,077,858 dekatherms was achieved.
Also on that date, the company exceeded its previous record for the amount of
gas used for electric and steam generation by 7.5 percent, reaching 904,638
dekatherms. A dekatherm is a measurement of gas equivalent to 10 therms; the
typical New York City customer cooking with gas will use approximately 8
therms a month. The Con Edison gas system, which has nearly 2,000 miles of
mains and more than 100,000 service pipes, supplies gas to more than 1 million
customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, northern Queens, and most of Westchester
County and serves approximately 4.6 million New Yorkers.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), one of
the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately
$10 billion in annual revenues and $17 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 Con Edison's web site at
SOURCE Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
CONTACT: Michael Clendenin of Consolidated Edison Company of New York,