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Troy, N.Y. -  11/13/2008

Con Edison Joins As Newest Lighting Research Center Partner

Con Edison logo Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) welcomes Con Edison as the newest member of the LRC Partners Program, which is designed to coordinate the efforts of public and private organizations to advance lighting research, education, and technology.

Con Edison, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, has served metropolitan New York, a dynamic and demanding marketplace, for more than 180 years.

Con Edison will enhance customer offerings through new, sustainable lighting technologies and applications developed and demonstrated through its LRC Partnership.

Con Edison has a long history with the LRC that includes funding specific lighting and energy projects, education seminars and demonstrations, according to LRC Director Mark Rea, Ph.D. “We are honored to have Con Edison make this formal commitment to the LRC, and it seems fitting that it comes at a time when the LRC is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a research and education center devoted to lighting,” said Rea.

Through the Partners Program, the LRC develops customized research and education programs that meet Partner needs while advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.

“Con Edison is proud to grow our relationship with the LRC and expand our efforts to advance sustainable lighting solutions while helping to strengthen and build the region’s energy infrastructure,” said Peter Jacobson, a lighting specialist with Con Edison.

In addition to Con Edison, current LRC partners include AES Latin America; California Energy Commission; GE Lighting; Hunter Fan; New York State Energy Research & Development Authority; OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc.; Philips Lighting; Philips Professional Luminaires North America; United States Environmental Protection Agency; Watt Stopper/Legrand; and Xcel Energy.

About Con Edison
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $29 billion in assets.  The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."