Consolidated Edison, Inc. (CEI) announced today that it has approved plans for the expansion of several power generating facilities owned by Con Edison Development (CED). CED is a wholly owned subsidiary of CEI that develops and acquires power projects, with a focus on the deregulating power markets in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Con Edison`s shareholders approved the formation of a holding company, Consolidated Edison Inc. at a recent special stockholders meeting. "The holding company structure will provide the financial and regulatory flexibility that Con Edison will need to succeed in the newly competitive energy business," said Eugene R. McGrath, Con Edison chairman, president and CEO. The holding company was created on Jan. 1, 1998 and initially contains four subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc
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Con Edison, New York`s largest utility company, took a new approach to ion exchange in the water treatment tanks at its East River Station, replacing the screen-covered outlet laterals in one of its anion tanks with laterals covered in stainless steel wedge-wire instead of mesh screen. The wedge-wire laterals performed better than expected, eliminating problems typically associated with mesh screen and increasing maximum flow through the ion exchange train by about 15 percent--an advantage durin