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Issue Snapshots

Issue Snapshots

Want to learn more about an issue? Issue Snapshots provide concise descriptions of important issues facing Con Edison, including background information and the company’s position...

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As an operator of critical energy infrastructure, Con Edison recognizes first hand that it faces a heightened risk of cyber attack, and has an inherent interest in protecting its assets.  Con Edison operates a system that goes above and beyond current standards.  Read More

Methane Emissions

The focus on greenhouse gas emissions is not limited to carbon emissions from power plants.  New attention is being given to methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain.   Although methane is a short-lived pollutant, it traps much more heat in the atmosphere than carbon.  Read More

The Pipeline Safety Act

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and its pipeline safety authority reside primarily within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), although its inspection and enforcement activities rely heavily upon partnerships with state pipeline safety agencies. PHMSA creates and sets national safety standards and delegates that authority (along with some funding) to the state commissions.  Read More

Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) is built on the foundation provided in the President’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future and his Climate Action Plan.  The QER is intended to study the opportunities and challenges that our energy infrastructure faces as a result of transformations in energy supply, markets, and use.  Read More

Tax Reform

Passed in January 2013, The American Taxpayer Relief Act (also known as the “Fiscal Cliff Deal”) made some permanent changes to the tax code, such as establishing the maximum dividend tax rate of 20%, but for the most part, the legislation was a temporary fix.  President Obama and Congress still have a number of issues to address to keep the economy moving forward, all of which have the potential to slow the economy if not managed well.  Read More

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Section 18-a of the Public Service Law authorizes an assessment on utility bills to fund the operations of energy-related agencies and authorities such as the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). All energy customers pay the assessment through their utility bills.  Read More

Consumer Advocacy

Legislation is pending that would create a new Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate to represent residential utility consumer interests in proceedings before entities such as the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Read More

Gas Safety

The lead bill on gas safety classifies different types of gas leaks and sets forth a timeline for repairs. These requirements are generally consistent with current regulations. Utilities would be required to submit annual reports on the status of all leaks to the PSC. Upon request, the reports would also be provided to any legislator and municipal or state public safety official. Finally, the PSC is authorized to establish minimum surveillance standards. As part of these efforts, the PSC would need to determine whether the presence of extended frost cap conditions requires additional surveillance. Read More

Net Metering

Net metering allows electric utility customers who install certain energy systems on their property (solar, wind, CHP, etc.) to receive a credit for both energy supply and delivery charges at retail rates for excess power provided to the utility when their systems produce more electricity than they need. Net metering customers, or customer-generators, remain connected to the grid in order to deliver the excess power back to the utility to supplement their power needs and to take power from the grid when their generating systems are not producing energy.  Read More

Polar Vortex

Last winter saw some of the largest electricity supply price increases in recent memory, ranging from 15% to more than 60% across the state. In response to growing pressure from concerned constituents who struggled to pay their utility bills, legislators were eager to advance proposals that would address the situation.  Read More

Prevailing Wage

Two similar bills are pending before the Legislature which would require the payment of prevailing wages for certain utility contractors and subcontractors.  Read More

Radon Mitigation

Radon is and invisible, odorless, and tasteless substance found in natural gas which dissipates over time.

The alleged health impacts of radon in natural gas have been emphasized by opponents of the Spectra Pipeline which transports hydrofracked natural gas from Pennsylvania and Ohio to the West Village.  Read More

Real Property Taxes

Con Edison pays approximately $1.4 billion annually in real property taxes. These costs are paid by Con Edison customers through their utility bills.

Several bills are pending in the State Legislature that would address Con Edison’s real property tax liability.  Read More



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