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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 electricity.

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.




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