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Smoke and Mirrors

Throughout New York City plumes of steam raise up from the underground, sometimes from giant white and red tubes, or from manhole covers.

Con Edison not only supplies electricity to New York City, but it also operates and maintains the world’s largest network of steam pipes.

Without the steam pipe network, Saumil Shukla, vice president of steam operations at Con Edison said, “Had it not been for the steam system, the postcard skyline that you see of Manhattan would be totally different. You’d be looking at every one of these high-rises with some type of chimney coming out of it.”

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