Con Edison Media Relations
Richard D. Mulieri, Director
Telephone: (212) 460-4111
For Immediate Release: July 15, 1997
CON EDISON IMPLEMENTS VOLTAGE REDUCTION IN BROOKLYN NETWORK;
URGES RESIDENTS TO LIMIT USE OF ELECTRICITY
Con Edison has implemented an 8% voltage reduction in the
Park Slope and Bay Ridge networks and the Dyker Loop to help
relieve problems on electrical feeder cables. While this action
should be unnoticed by most customers, in some cases it could
cause lights to dim slightly.
The Park Slope and Bay Ridge networks and the Dyker Loop
area are bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the north, 86th Street on
the south, 15th to 16th Avenue on the east, and Gowanus Bay and
the Narrows on the west. The affected neighborhoods include Park
Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Borough
Park, Bensonhurst, Sunset Park, and Carroll Gardens. Con Edison
also has asked customers in those areas to limit their use of
Approximately 200 sensitive customers, including critical
care facilities such as hospitals, have been alerted to the
voltage reduction, as well as those who rely on life sustaining
equipment such as respirators.
To avoid possible loss of service in these areas, Con Edison
is requesting that customers in these neighborhoods conserve
power by turning off lights and appliances, especially air
conditioners and major appliances such as dishwashers, that are
not absolutely necessary.
The voltage reduction became necessary when problems
developed on our feeder cables. Crews are working to correct the
problem. Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers
directly and through the news media as the situation warrants.