Sandy 1-Year Update: #stormready -- Con Edison Investing $1 Billion to Help Protect New Yorkers From Major Storms

Sandy 1-Year Update: #stormready -- Con Edison Investing $1 Billion to Help 
Protect New Yorkers From Major Storms 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 10/21/13 --  A year after Superstorm
Sandy ravaged the New York area, Con Edison (NYSE: ED) has made
numerous improvements to its energy-delivery systems as part of a $1
billion plan to fortify critical infrastructure and protect New
Yorkers from major storms.  
Overhead equipment is now tougher and more resilient. Substations
have new walls and raised equipment. Gas and steam infrastructure
also is protected with water-proofing measures.  
"Con Edison's 14,000 workers have all played a role in developing a
fortified energy system," said Con Edison President Craig Ivey.
"Damaging weather is becoming more frequent. When a storm hits the
region, we want to restore customers safely and quickly. We are
responding to Sandy by building a tougher system."  
Post-Hurricane Sandy Progress (Completed) 

--  Built more than a mile of concrete flood walls around stations and
    critical equipment.
--  Added nearly 2,000 overhead isolation devices to reduce customer
--  Installed 800 special float-check valves to protect gas services from
--  Installed 38 smart switches to isolate damaged equipment and decrease
--  Replaced 60 pieces of non-submersible equipment with submersible
    equipment in flood zones.
--  Installed more than 100 flood pumps.
--  Installed 3,000 expansive foam seals in conduits.
--  Installed more than 180 watertight flood doors and barriers.
--  Installed smart grid technology in Brighton Beach that will allow us
    to keep most customers in service during a flood.
--  Continued system-wide summer improvements to include installation of
    31 network transformers, six new feeders, 207 overhead transformers,
    and reinforcement of 46 feeders by upgrading 350 sections of cable.

Post-Hurricane Sandy Progress (Next Steps) 

--  Burying 30 miles of overhead lines in 2015 and 2016 at a cost of $200
--  Installing 70 high-tension vault switches.
--  Installing stronger, tree-branch resistant aeria
l cable.
--  Installing utility poles that withstand wind gusts up to 110 mph.
--  Redesigning wires to detach more easily from customer homes, enhancing
--  Redesigning lower Manhattan networks to de-energize customers in flood
    zones and keep customers on higher ground with power.
--  Replacing cast iron and steel gas pipes in flood-prone areas.

To learn more about Con Edison's Fortifying the Future and other
strategies to prepare for major storms click here. 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ConEdison. For more
information on our post-Sandy storm improvements, follow #StormReady.
Customers can also log on to or call 1-800-75-CONED
(1-800-752-6633) to report power interruptions or service problems.  
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 $42 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 us on the Web at, at our green site,, or find us on Facebook at Power of
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