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Con Edison Reports 2014 Second Quarter Earnings

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/14 -- Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED) today reported 2014 second quarter net income for common stock of $212 million or $0.73 a share compared with $172 million or $0.59 a share in 2013. Earnings from ongoing operations, which exclude the effects of the gain on sale of solar energy projects, the lease in/lease out (LILO) transactions and the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses (CEBs), were $189 million or $0.65 a share in 2014 compared with $160 million or $0.55 a share in 2013.

For the first six months of 2014, net income for common stock was $574 million or $1.96 a share compared with $364 million or $1.24 a share in the first six months of 2013. Earnings from ongoing operations, which exclude the effects of the gain on sale of solar energy projects, the LILO transactions and the net mark-to-market effects of the CEBs, were $532 million or $1.82 a share in 2014 compared with $476 million or $1.62 a share in 2013.

"We continued to meet financial expectations in the second quarter, while our field operations benefited from a mild spring as we prepared our delivery systems for summer," said John McAvoy, Con Edison's chairman, president and CEO. "Our cost management strategies are helping to maximize productivity and efficiency. We're also proud of the success of our sustainability strategy, which has yielded environmental dividends and national recognition, including a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005 and Newsweek naming us the top U.S. utility in their 2014 Green Rankings."

The following table is a reconciliation of Con Edison's reported earnings per share to earnings per share from ongoing operations and reported net income to earnings from ongoing operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013.

                     Three Months Ended               Six Months Ended
                               Net Income for                 Net Income for
                  Earnings      Common Stock      Earnings     Common Stock
                     per        (Millions of         per       (Millions of
                    Share         Dollars)          Share        Dollars)
                2014    2013    2014    2013    2014    2013   2014    2013
 earnings per
 share and net
 income for
 common stock-
 GAAP basis
 (basic)       $ 0.73  $ 0.59  $  212  $  172  $ 1.96  $ 1.24 $  574  $  364
Less: Gain on
 sale of solar
 projects (a)    0.09       -      26       -    0.09       -     26       -
 (b)                -   (0.10)      -     (29)  (0.02)   0.41     (7)    121
Less: Net
 effects of
 the CEBs (c)   (0.01)  (0.06)     (3)    (17)   0.03    0.03      9       9
Earnings from
 operations -
 non-GAAP      $ 0.65  $ 0.55  $  189  $  160  $ 1.82  $ 1.62 $  532  $  476

(a) After taxes of $19 million for the three and six months ended June 30,
(b) In January 2013, a court disallowed tax losses claimed by Con Edison
    relating to the 1997 and 1999 LILO transactions. For the six months
    ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the impact of the LILO transactions on
    earnings were a $7 million (after taxes of $6 million) benefit and a
    $121 million (after taxes of $80 million) charge, respectively,
    reflecting the recalculation of the accounting effect of the LILO
    transactions and interest on the tax liability. For the three months
    ended June 30, 2013, the impact of the LILO transactions on earnings was
    $29 million (after taxes of $22 million) benefit, reflecting the
    termination of the 1999 LILO transaction.
(c) After taxes of $(2) million and $(13) million for the three months ended
    June 30, 2014 and 2013 and $6 million and $6 million for the six months
    ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

The company expects its earnings from ongoing operations for the year 2014 to be in the range of $3.70 to $3.85 a share. The company's previous forecast of 2014 earnings was in the range of $3.65 to $3.85 a share. Earnings per share from ongoing operations exclude a $0.09 a share gain on sale of solar energy projects, a $0.02 a share benefit relating to the LILO transactions and the net mark-to-market effects of the CEBs.

The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to the 2013 periods, reflect primarily changes in rate plans of Con Edison's utility subsidiaries and the weather impact on its steam delivery service. The rate plans provide for revenues to cover expected increases in certain operations and maintenance expenses, and depreciation and property taxes, reflecting primarily the impact of higher utility plant balances. The results of operations also include the gain on sale of solar energy projects, the impact of the LILO transactions and the net mark-to-market effects of the CEBs.

Operations and maintenance expenses for CECONY were higher in the 2014 periods primarily due to operating costs attributable to emergency response and the support and protection of company underground facilities to accommodate municipal projects and, in the six month period were offset in part by lower pension costs.

The following table presents the estimated effect on earnings per share and net income for common stock for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, as compared with the 2013 periods, resulting from these and other major factors:

                            Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                          Variation 2014 vs. 2013   Variation 2014 vs. 2013
                                       Net Income                Net Income
                                       for Common                for Common
                                         Stock                     Stock
                           Earnings    Variation     Earnings    Variation
                          per Share    (Millions    per Share    (Millions
                          Variation   of Dollars)   Variation   of Dollars)
  Rate plans             $      0.16  $        45  $      0.32  $        93
  Weather impact on
   steam revenues                  -            -         0.04           13
  Operations and
   maintenance expense         (0.05)         (14)       (0.02)          (4)
  Depreciation and
   property taxes              (0.05)         (13)       (0.09)         (28)
  Other                            -            1         0.01            2
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total CECONY                    0.06           19         0.26           76
Orange and Rockland
 Utilities (O&R) (a)            0.01            2        (0.02)          (7)
CEBs (b)                        0.06           16         0.46          137
Other, including parent
 company expenses               0.01            3         0.02            4
Total variation          $      0.14  $        40  $      0.72  $       210

(a) Under the revenue decoupling mechanisms in CECONY's and O&R's New York
    electric and gas rate plans and the weather-normalization clause
    applicable to their gas businesses, revenues are generally not affected
    by changes in delivery volumes from levels assumed when rates were
    approved. Under the rate plans, pension and other postretirement costs
    and certain other costs are reconciled to amounts reflected in rates for
    such costs.
(b) These variations include the gain on sale of solar energy projects, the
    impact of the LILO transactions and the net mark-to-market effects shown
    in the table on page 1. In addition, the variations include a tax
    benefit in the six months ended June 30, 2013 of $15 million or $0.05 a
    share resulting from the acceptance by the Internal Revenue Service of
    the company's claim for manufacturing tax deductions.

Refer to the company's Second Quarter Form 10-Q, which is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the consolidated balance sheets at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 and the consolidated income statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013. Additional information related to utility sales and revenues is available at www.conedison.com (select "Shareholder Services" and then select "Press Releases").

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect expectations and not facts. Actual results may differ materially from those expectations because of factors such as those identified in reports the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release also contains a financial measure, earnings from ongoing operations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered as an alternative to net income, which is an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with GAAP. Management uses this non-GAAP measure to facilitate the analysis of the company's ongoing performance as compared to its internal budgets and previously reported financial results. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure also is useful and meaningful to investors.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc., a retail energy supply and services company; Consolidated Edison Energy, Inc., a wholesale energy services company; and Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., a company that participates in energy infrastructure projects.

Robert McGee

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