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Con Edison Media Relations
Richard D. Mulieri, Director
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: July 16, 1997

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS
IN THE THROGS NECK AND
COUNTRY CLUB AREAS OF THE BRONX
TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY TODAY

In order to avoid service interruptions, Con Edison today urged customers in the Throgs Neck and Country Club areas of The Bronx to reduce their use of electricity to every extent possible until electrical equipment problems in these areas can be repaired.

A fire at the Sommer Place substation, caused by a lightning strike, and subsequent equipment damage has necessitated a request for the utility's customers to reduce their use of electricity.

The affected area includes the Throgs Neck and Country Club sections of the Bronx, east of the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Con Edison is asking those who live and work in these areas to turn off all unnecessary lights and to limit use of appliances such as air conditioners, washers, dryers and dishwashers.

Yesterday, Con Edison delivered a record of 11,013 megawatts of electricity to its customers between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. The old record of 10,805 megawatts was set on August 2,1995. The utility says today's demand could exceed yesterday's record and could not rule out electrical feeder cable failures in other parts of New York City and Westchester County. Updates on the situation will be provided to the public directly and through the news media as the day progresses.




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