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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Con Edison Tree Care Blooms With National Award

Arbor Day Foundation Names Company "Tree Line USA Utility"; National Award Recognizes Tree Care, Planting and Public Education Efforts

NEW YORK, NY - Con Edison has been named a "Tree Line USA Utility" for the first time by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters in recognition of its ongoing tree trimming efforts to improve electric reliability. The award spotlights the company's care and maintenance for trees within New York City and Westchester County along with its commitment to public education programs, all while meeting service objectives.

"We are delighted to receive this recognition. It signifies our continuing commitment to promoting, protecting and enhancing our urban forests," said Louis L. Rana, president of Con Edison. "Regular maintenance and natural pruning of trees improves electric reliability, and the trees in our service area will be with us to beautify our neighborhoods for years to come."

Con Edison trims trees along distribution and transmission power lines to maintain safe and reliable service. Overgrown and fallen tree limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms. The company's tree maintenance program helps ensure safe, reliable service, carefully trimming branches that may interfere with power lines.

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