Allan Drury joined Con Edison in May 2009 as a Media Relations spokesman. Working in New York City, the media capital of the world, he speaks daily with reporters from local and national newspapers, television and radio stations, trade magazines and digital publications on behalf of a company that provides electric, gas and steam to 3.4 million customers. Con Edison has been cited for its environmental commitment by Newsweek magazine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations. Drury’s areas of coverage include distributed generation, energy infrastructure, energy efficiency, regulatory matters and safety. How did you first get involved in the green industry? Con Edison has energy-efficiency programs for almost every customer. The company has programs tailored to residential, small business, large commercial and industrial and multifamily customers. For information, go to http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/. Con Edison also encourages its customers to consider solar energy for their homes and businesses. For information, go to http://www.coned.com/dg/solarenergy/. What interests you most about being green? I think it’s interesting that so many companies have come to realize that protecting the environment is not an obstacle to running a successful business. In fact, the two fit together nicely. Our program to help customers convert from oil to natural gas is an excellent example. It’s good for the environment because natural gas burns cleaner and more efficiently than oil and the U.S. Energy Information Administration says that will remain the case for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the conversions are a great business opportunity for us. What green trend is most exciting to you or your industry? Our customers’ embrace of solar energy, energy-efficiency/demand management, demand response and other alternatives that help save them money and protect the environment.

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