Consolidated Edison Companyof New York, Inc.Daniel Rosenblum 4 Irving Place Associate Counsel New York, NY 10003-0987(212) 460-4461 www.conEd.com(212) 677-5850 Faxrosenblumd@coned.com
December 3, 2012
Honorable Jaclyn A. BrillingSecretary New York State Department of Public ServiceThree Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12223Re: Case 07-M-0548 et al. – Withdrawal of Joint Utilities Petition for Approval of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Energy Efficiency ProgramDear Secretary Brilling:On November 21, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (“ConEdison”), Orange and Rockland Utilities (“O&R”), The Brooklyn Union Gas Companyd/b/a National Grid NY and KeySpan Gas East Corporation d/b/a National Grid(collectively “National Grid”), and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation,Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (“NYSEG/RG&E”) and Central Hudson Gas andElectric Corporation (“Central Hudson”) (collectively the “Joint Utilities”) submittedtheir Joint Utilities Petition for Approval of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief EnergyEfficiency Program (“Petition”). The Joint Utilities proposed disaster relief program(“Proposed Program”) was designed to provide expedited relief to utility customersharmed by damage to their appliances, equipment, structures and business operations as aresult of Hurricane Sandy and the later Winter Storm Athena. The Proposed Programwas intended to respond to utility customers’ immediate need for enhanced incentives toencourage replacement of damaged equipment with high efficiency models and to avoidthe lost opportunities that would result if replacements are made with standard efficiencymodels.The Joint Utilities understand that there are concerns about the implications of theProposed Program for existing Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard programs.Resolving those concerns would inevitably require a significant amount of time, whichwould divert the resources of Staff and Joint Utilities from their common goal of providing relief for storm victims and would be inconsistent with the need to provide prompt relief. The Joint Utilities, therefore, request the Commission’s permission towithdraw the Petition.