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ConEdison Solutions

April 23, 2009 10:30 ET

Chelsea Piers Honored as New York City's Largest Commercial Purchaser of 100 Percent Wind Power

ConEdison Solutions Marks 'Earth Day' by Recognizing Chelsea Piers and City's Other 'Green Pioneers'

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - ConEdison Solutions, one of America's leading energy services companies, today announced that Chelsea Piers in Manhattan -- the country's largest sports and entertainment complex -- now ranks as New York City's largest commercial customer using 100 percent wind power.

As part of its multi-faceted commitment to sustainability, Chelsea Piers makes an annual purchase of clean and renewable wind energy in an amount equal to the entire electricity usage of its 28-acre, one-million-square-foot property through ConEdison Solutions' "Green Power" electricity supply offering. In the last year, Chelsea Piers' electricity usage was approximately 22 million kilowatt-hours.

The Chelsea Piers purchase alone -- the largest among ConEdison Solutions' 18,000 "Green Power" customers in the greater New York City area -- enhances the environment by offsetting the generation of approximately 13,600 metric tons of electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), a quantity equal to taking an estimated 2,850 cars off the road or planting 12,250 acres of trees.

ConEdison Solutions obtains the 100 percent wind-power certificates from Community Energy, Inc., a leading marketer and developer of pollution-free, wind-generated electricity. The wind-generated renewable energy credits (RECs) are generated by wind farms around the country. Wind is the world's fastest-growing renewable energy source.

Jorge J. Lopez, President and CEO of ConEdison Solutions, Brent Alderfer, President and CEO of Community Energy, Inc., and New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined Chelsea Piers co-founder David A. Tewksbury to make the announcement at a ceremony honoring twenty of the New York City area's "Green Pioneers" at the sports complex on the Hudson River waterfront. "Green Pioneers" are businesses and households who have been among the first in the region to tap renewable power for their energy supplies.

Standing by a rotating, twelve-foot-tall windmill, event participants staged a symbolic "apple-lighting" ceremony by throwing a switch that illuminated a glowing, five-foot-wide "Green Apple."

"For more than a decade, ConEdison Solutions has provided clean and renewable 'Green Power' to businesses and households across the New York City area," said Jorge J. Lopez, President and CEO of ConEdison Solutions. "By choosing renewable power, energy users like Chelsea Piers protect the environment, promote conservation, and build a more sustainable future. Today we honor the 'Green Pioneers' who are taking steps to make our world cleaner and greener."

"Chelsea Piers has made a comprehensive commitment to environmental best practices throughout our complex," said Chelsea Piers Executive Vice President David A. Tewksbury. "Despite economic pressures relating to the recession, we continue to make substantial investments in our green efforts. We are gratified to be recognized by ConEdison Solutions and proud to be a leader among their 'Green Pioneers.'"

"We're proud to be a green leader in Hudson River Park, which has played such an important role in reuniting the City with the Hudson River waterfront," said Chelsea Piers President Tom A. Bernstein. "While the centerpiece of our green initiative was purchasing 100 percent green power, we have also made a number of smaller, yet significant, changes. The Chelsea Piers Green Team, composed of employees complex-wide, has led the way in this grassroots effort to make Chelsea Piers an environmental steward."

"We were surprised to learn that the incremental cost of purchasing 100 percent green power was actually quite small," said Chelsea Piers Chairman Roland W. Betts. "We also made a considerable investment converting to high-efficiency light fixtures and new control systems but we believe it will pay for itself in a few years."

"When businesses like the ones we honor today take it upon themselves to go green, they become leaders in the fight against global warming," said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. "New York City has led the world on many issues, and as both public and private sectors embrace 21st-century energy policies, I have no doubt that programs like ConEd Solutions' will become an integral component of municipalities around the country."

Chelsea Piers' rank as the city's largest commercial purchaser of 100 percent wind power in New York City is based upon this month's edition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "100% Green Power Purchaser" list.

"The EPA Green Power Purchaser list shows the companies that are walking the talk on green energy," said Brent Alderfer, President and CEO of Community Energy. "With the purchase announced today, Chelsea Piers not only joins the list, but tops New York City's commercial purchasers with their 100 percent match of wind energy into the grid."

In addition to its wind purchase, the Chelsea Piers "green" initiative includes reduced energy and water consumption, use of healthful and sustainable indoor and outdoor materials, supply chain practices that ensure relationships with eco-friendly partners and vendors, and recycling strategies that minimize the carbon footprint of the sports and entertainment complex.

In addition to Chelsea Piers, ConEdison Solutions recognized the following entities as "Green Pioneers" for their use of renewable power: Sherwood Equities, The New 42nd Street, John Masters Organics, the U.S. General Services Administration, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, The City Bakery, MercyCorps, Swing Hair Salon and Ohm Spa in Manhattan; Brooklyn Brewery, Barcade/The Gutter, Brooklyn Industries, Brooklyn Bowl, and Charles and Cathy Alexander in Brooklyn; Anheuser-Busch in the Bronx; Community Housing Innovations of White Plains; Rose Press in Mount Vernon; Wyndham Worldwide of New Jersey; and the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company.

Charles and Cathy Alexander, who live in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, received special recognition for being among the very first residential customers in New York City to purchase "green" power. They signed up for the ConEdison Solutions program in 1998, shortly after the program's launch.

"Wind Power" used by ConEdison Solutions' commercial users consists entirely of NewWind Energy®. Residential users can also tap into a combination of wind power and hydropower generated by small, environmentally friendly hydro facilities, through ConEdison Solutions' "Green Power" offering. In addition to more than 18,000 "Green Power" customers in the New York City area, ConEdison Solutions provides renewable energy to 1,500 customers in the vicinity of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

ConEdison Solutions said that the incremental cost of using pollution-free electricity is far outweighed by the benefits to the environment and expanded energy security. For residential customers, "Green Power" costs approximately one cent more per kilowatt-hour than the ConEdison Solutions standard offer. For typical New York City residential customers using 350 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, the cost is approximately $3.50 more per month than standard rates.

"Green Power" users do not need to re-wire or purchase special equipment. Businesses or households can sign up by calling 1-800-316-8011, or on-line at

ConEdison Solutions provides a wide range of energy procurement and management services that help commercial, industrial, government and residential customers gain maximum advantage from today's competitive energy marketplace.

About ConEdison Solutions

ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive power supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, and cost-effective energy solutions for commercial, industrial, residential, and government customers. The company is based in White Plains, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Falls Church, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Durham, North Carolina and Overland Park, Kansas. The firm's dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of commodity, consulting, demand-side management and performance contracting services. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider by the National Association of Energy Service Companies.

ConEdison Solutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.

About Chelsea Piers

The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre sports village built on four historic Hudson River piers. Chelsea Piers features two indoor ice rinks, a state-of-the-art golf driving range, a world-class gymnastics center, indoor playing fields and basketball courts, a 40-lane bowling center, one of the world's most comprehensive health clubs, restaurants, sports pro shops, Manhattan's largest film and television production center, the most extensive marina in the city, dozens of nationally-acclaimed teachers and coaches, a 1-mile public esplanade, and a landscaped waterside park.

About Community Energy, Inc.

Headquartered in Radnor, Pa., Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy generation celebrating 10 years of wind power leadership. CEI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables -- the world leader in wind power. CEI cites its utility partners and customers as the reason for its success in bringing wind energy to market in new regions of the country. CEI has developed new wind projects in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest and supports projects under development throughout the US. For more information, please visit

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