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July 19, 2007
8:15 a.m.

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN EAST MIDTOWN TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

Con Edison is urging all customers in the East Midtown area of Manhattan to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on electrical cables can be resolved following yesterday’s steam-main rupture. There are no electric service outages in this area and customer cooperation will help ensure uninterrupted service.

The affected area includes approximately 14,000 customers, and is bounded by East 39 to 57 Streets, the F.D.R. Drive to Park Avenue.

Company crews are working to repair the problem. Con Edison has asked managers of large commercial buildings to reduce their electricity use and is asking residential customers in this area not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment during peak hours of 1 p.m .to 6 p.m .and to turn off lights and televisions when not in use until the cable problems are resolved.

The equipment problems in East Midtown have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. The company will provide updates as the situation warrants and is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.


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