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Law Department Daniel Rosenblum Associate Counsel (212) 460-4461 (212) 677-5850 Fax rosenblumd@coned.

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Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. 4 Irving Place New York, NY 10003-0987 www.conEd.com

December 3, 2012 Via E-Mail Honorable Jaclyn A. Brilling Secretary New York State Department of Public Service Three Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223 Re: Case 07-M-0548 et al. – Withdrawal of Joint Utilities Petition for Approval of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Energy Efficiency Program Dear Secretary Brilling: On November 21, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (“Con Edison”), Orange and Rockland Utilities (“O&R”), The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/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 and Electric Corporation (“Central Hudson”) (collectively the “Joint Utilities”) submitted their Joint Utilities Petition for Approval of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Energy Efficiency Program (“Petition”). The Joint Utilities proposed disaster relief program (“Proposed Program”) was designed to provide expedited relief to utility customers harmed by damage to their appliances, equipment, structures and business operations as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the later Winter Storm Athena. The Proposed Program was intended to respond to utility customers’ immediate need for enhanced incentives to encourage replacement of damaged equipment with high efficiency models and to avoid the lost opportunities that would result if replacements are made with standard efficiency models. The Joint Utilities understand that there are concerns about the implications of the Proposed Program for existing Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard programs. Resolving those concerns would inevitably require a significant amount of time, which would 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 to withdraw the Petition.

Nonetheless, the Joint Utilities look forward to working with Staff and the Public Service Commission, either collectively or individually, on alternative programs to encourage the victims of Hurricane Sandy to make energy efficient equipment choices. Please contact me if you require any additional information. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

cc: Active Parties via Case 07-M-0548 ListServe

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